Allen & Heath ZED-10
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Allen & Heath ZED-10

ZED-10, FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer from Allen & Heath in the ZED series.

SimonBlü 04/14/2012

Allen & Heath ZED-10 : SimonBlü's user review

«  At that price ... it is unbeatable »

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-> Console fairly compact, non-rack mountable without faders.

-> The four slices have a single 3-band EQ, with a frequency setting for the middle

-> 2 buses: one FX and one AUX (which has a level control)

-> No effect embedded

-> Mono with 4 slices: 2 with XLR Mic, line, HP filter
2 Mic with XLR, high input impedance, HP filter, 26 dB pad.

-2 Stereo channels, one in Jack and RCA, the other by Jack.

-A stereo backing track in Jack

An output of Rec-bus (RCA)

-One monitor output (RCA)

A hand-out with two XLR and insert each provided with a pad-30dBu

An FX-out and an AUX out, both in Jack, mono.

-A headphone output with source selector.

-I / O port corresponding to the digital interface.

UTILIZATION

Configuration is very simple, but better be familiar with it before using it.
Indeed, the routing capabilities are limited, as many know it thoroughly to get maximum.
A reading of the manual should be sufficient, and the ZED series is popular enough, you will find solutions to your problems by looking in the forums.

The REC OUT (stereo RCA) can be powered by the REC bus (without level control), but also by the Aux and FX (each on a channel).

MONITOR OUT is very convenient (I use it to power my HP assets): it is powered either by hand mix, either by the headphone output, and has a level control.

The small output level meter (12-segment LED) is convenient.

Each slice can be heard in PFL.

Which is inconvenient for cons, it is the absence of switches mute or solo.

The USB interface board is not valid in my opinion, very stable, converters and a terrible blow not annoying. But it can perhaps help.

SOUNDS

The EQ is effective, preamps and very pleasant to use. I use the output REC out and Aux FX and 4 channels to enter into a Fast Track Ultra, the console preamps are indeed much better than those of the interface. (The software returns sent by the interface end up in the entrance playback ..)

This is a low budget solution, of course, but it sounds.

I like the high impedance inputs and boost, two small DI which are very useful.

My HP blow much less since they are connected to the ZED 10
(And more directly to the Fast Track).

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost a year, mostly to rehearse with a small quintet, from time to time to catch votes, and occasionally for sound to small concerts. It is very compact and fit satisfactorily in a box wine (or even a backpack). It is really solid.

I used some consoles, but that behringer have owned before this one. Compared to Behringer, it is a treat level reliability.

This small table is (without faders, mute or solo without switches and decked out with an interface almost unusable), an effective way to improve its sound conditions for 200 € if you have little hardware.

I would do this choice without hesitation.