ZED-R16

 

The ZED-R16 is a superbly equipped console with all the crucial parts of the recording process in one box. The best performing preamp in Allen & Heath’s entire range is packaged with a high quality analogue to Firewire interface and the most extensive EQ on any mixer at this price point (or even twice the price!). An analogue channel strip so well featured, which sounds this good, is a real find at this level.

ZED-R16 combines an analogue recording mixer with a FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls and ingenious ‘home-studio’ routing so you can build tracks in the studio, record live gigs, mix-down, remix… all through warm analogue circuitry, 4 band fully parametric classic British EQ and out to crisp, precise digital format.

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ZED-R16 FEATURES

In the studio

ZED-R16 combines an imaginative feature set with professional build quality to create the ideal centrepiece for any project studio with big ideas, or larger studios with dedicated live rooms. Control room speaker and alternate speaker outputs, plus two separate artist monitor feeds are provided. In addition to the digital inter face, two analogue recording outputs are also available. The ZED-R16 even has a dedicated internal condenser talkback mic. Features such as the dual function audio/MIDI faders and built in sequencer transport were dreamed up by engineers here at A&H who have home studios themselves, so they’ve made sure they’ve built in features they really need.

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Soundcard

The internal soundcard features 18 FireWire inputs and 18 outputs plus 16 ADAT I/O. Each channel on the mixer has its own independent soundcard channel so instruments can be recorded simultaneously (pre or post EQ) and into the sequencer separately. To minimise clock jitter and provide synchronicity between the ZED-R16 and other devices, the mixer is equipped with the professional JetPLL™ digital audio chipset.

Mix-down and live

In addition to multi-track recording, the ZED-R16 allows mixing down in analogue, then recording back into the computer in digital. The story doesn’t stop here however – ZED-R16 can be a versatile live FOH mixer too. In this mode, its 4 aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends, and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system. Recording the live gig is straightforward; the record feed signal can be easily assigned using the four buttons next to the faders.

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Preamp

The ZED-R16’s pre-amp, which has been specially designed for this application, has a symmetrical ultra linear circuit. The best epitaxial low noise transistors are used in the front end, and active feedback is employed in both phases before the differential amplifier. This results in super-low distortion, while maintaining low noise (-128.5dBu EIN), high CMRR, and a transparent and beautiful sounding pre-amp.

EQ section

Complete with two swept, fully parametric mids, and high and low shelving EQ, the ZED-R16 has a sophisticated equalisation section without rival in this section of the market. It has much in common with our class-leading pro touring mixers. Forty years of analogue mixer design has given us an unparalleled knowledge of filtering.

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Auxiliary sends

Two pre and two post aux buses can be used as feeds for headphone amplifiers in the studio, FX sends anywhere, or wedge foldback live. The talkback function is either routed to the aux or studio outputs, so is ideal for any environment.

FireWire flexibility

The digital audio connections are all present on the rear of the desk. Two FireWire connectors allow the ZED-R16 to be connected to a personal computer whilst the second socket daisy chains devices. Two switches change the sample rate and routing selection, while 4 connectors allow input and output to ADAT equipment.

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ADAT

In addition to the FireWire input and output, the ZED-R16 has 4 ADAT optical sockets. The I/O routing on the ZED-R16 is identical for the FireWire channels and the ADAT optical connection. With a combination of panel switches, the mixer is capable of an incredible 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs. Feed the ZED-R16 from ADAT lightpipe equipment, or record directly out from 16 channels to 2 ADAT machines, or to another soundcard.

MIDI software control

The MIDI section on the ZED-R16 has been designed to control software transport, with extra mappable controllers ready to be user-assigned. With recording now truly in the digital age, ZED-R16 brings the home studio bang up to date. In addition to the ZED-R16’s dedicated MIDI controls, all of the channel faders can be switched to become MIDI controllers.

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Monitor section

The ZED-R has two signal paths for monitoring: an output for main control room monitors and outputs for an alternative set of monitors for checking mixes. The control room mix can follow either of the two main analogue outputs or the digital main mix, allowing access to all main audio outputs.

Build

The ZED-R16 has been designed using individual vertically mounted circuit boards with each rotary control fixed with a metal nut to the front panel – making a much more robust product that will resist damage and give years of reliable use. ZED-R16 also has professional 60mm faders for ultimate control over your levels.

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ZED-R16 Videos

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ZED-R16 Documents

Download brochures, user guides and other documents for this product.

Allen & Heath PDF
ZED-R16 User Guide

Includes block diagram, tech specs, weights and dimensions.

Allen & Heath Zip
ZED-R16 Cubase Resource Pack

Includes setup notes, template project and XML file.

Allen & Heath Zip
ZED-R16 Logic Resource Pack

Includes setup notes and template projects.

Allen & Heath Zip
ZED-R16 Pro Tools Resource Pack

Includes setup notes, template project and Bome's MIDI Translator templates for Windows and Mac.

Allen & Heath Zip
ZED-R16 Reaper Resource Pack

Includes setup notes and template project.

Allen & Heath Zip
ZED-R16 Sonar Resource Pack

Includes setup notes and template project.

Important

Allen & Heath + macOS Mojave

In anticipation of the launch of Apple’s latest update to macOS, Mojave, please note the following:

The correct operation of the full, public release of this platform is not yet verified by our development and test departments.
As a result, support for macOS Mojave is not currently offered for this product.

Full software testing and verification will commence following the official launch by Apple. As our test programmes are completed we will update this notice.

ZED-R16 Software

 

Free and Open Source Software Declaration
This product contains free and open source software. For licensing information please click here.

 

 

Firmware – Registration Required

To read about current firmware issues – please click here 

For help with the High Sierra system extension issue – please click here

New computers with USBC – please click here

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V4.3.1 Mac

macOS 10.13 'High Sierra' macOS 10.12 'Sierra' (Current version, released 16 March 2017)

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V4.2.1 Mac

OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 'El Capitan' (Current version, released 13 February 2015)

Previous versions

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V4.1.2 Mac

OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 (Previous version)

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V3.5.6 Mac

OS X 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7 (Legacy version)

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V3.4.2 Mac

OS X 'Tiger' 10.4 (Legacy version)

Uninstaller

Firmware – Registration Required

To read about current firmware issues – please click here 

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V4.2.0 Windows

Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 (Current version, released 16 February 2015)

Previous versions

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V4.1.0 Windows

Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (Previous version)

ZED-R16 Driver / Firmware V3.5.6 Windows

Windows XP, Vista and 7 (Legacy Version)

DAW Control

DAW Control allows a ZED-R16 mixer to control a DAW using the popular HUI protocol.

For further information on setting up and using DAW Control you can download the DAW Control Setup Notes document.

About this release

V1.60 introduces support for SQ, plus a MIDI Thru map and dLive support for the Mac version (previously on Windows only).

DAW Control V1.60 for Windows

Current Version - Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 - released July 2018

DAW Control V1.60 for Mac

Current Version - Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra) - released July 2018

DAW Control V1.30

Previous version - Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra) - released July 7th 2014

DAW Control V1.10

Previous Version - Released Feb 17th 2014