FIND THE BEST ZED FOR YOU
REHEARSE, RECORD, PERFORM.
You want to spend your time learning songs and nailing your parts, not worrying about the sound.
The right mixing desk will allow you and your band to always sound your best, whether that's jamming in the rehearsal room, performing onstage at the venue, livestreaming on social or recording your songs for release to your fans.
And there's no need to get bogged down in technical jargon, it's simple to find the right mixer for you (and your bandmates)
HOW MANY CHANNELS?
The most important decision when choosing a mixer for your band is the channel count.
As a rough guide, you will need one channel for each microphone, DI box or sound source in your band.
Keyboards, synths and laptops may have two outputs for stereo operation, so many mixers will offer dedicated stereo channels with two input sockets.
Drums can take up multiple channels. A small pub gig might only require the kick drum to be put through the mixer, but at a larger venue it is typical to use 6 or more channels on a standard drum kit.
It’s a good idea to choose a mixer that has a few more channels than you need in case you add a new instrument - or band member - in the future!
It goes without saying that you need to be able to hear yourself clearly to perform to your best, whether that's recording or playing live.
When you're choosing your mixer, you'll want to pick something that can deliver the number of musician mixes - often called AUX or Monitor mixes - that you require to feed your monitor speakers or in-ear-monitors (IEMs)
Singer-songwriters and duos will usually be happy with a single monitor mix, but larger bands generally require more monitor mixes.
WANT FX WITH THAT?
Most vocalists want some reverb or delay on their voice, and it’s common to use reverb on other sources like acoustic guitars, drums and percussion to help them sit in the mix.
A ZED with built-in FX will allow the use of a reverb, or other effect type, can be used by multiple channels at once.
It's just you on your own, armed with your songs, your voice and your instrument.
You want a bit of reverb on your voice, and maybe on your guitar too, so a compact mixer with built-in FX is a great starting point for use at gigs , recording at home and livestreaming on social.
The ZED-10FX offers 4 channels which can be used for microphones and instruments, plus 2 dedicated stereo channels for connection to a keyboard, synth or laptop. It can also record 2 channels via USB so you can capture your songs on your computer or iOS device. And if you'd prefer faders, take a look at the ZED60-10FX.
If you need to record more than 2 channels simultaneously, the ZEDi-10FX offers a similar set of features but with 4 channels of USB audio for more flexibility. It also includes free audio software so you can start recording straight out of the box.
If you don't need FX and want to keep things as portable as possible, the ZEDi-8 has enough inputs to allow connection of a microphone, guitar and stereo keyboard without compromising on sound quality.
You've probably got a couple of vocals, and maybe a few instruments, so you need a few more channels than a solo-artist, but you still want portability and easy operation. Plus, the flexibility to record, rehearse and livestream.
In the ZEDi range, the ZEDi-10FX allows up to 4 microphones or instruments to be connected, plus a couple of stereo channels for keyboards, synths or a computer. It also offers 4 channel recording via USB so you can get all your parts into the computer to mix in your DAW.
If you'd prefer faders and simple 2 channel recording, the ZED60-10FX in our ZED Mini range might be right up your street.
If both performers require independent monitor mixes then take a look at the ZED-12FX from our ZED Mid range.
BEST FOR DUOS AND SOLO ARTISTS
Whether you're a power-trio, a jazz quartet, or something more esoteric, you'll want a mixer that delivers the sonic goods with no compromises.
If eight microphone inputs and one monitor mix are enough for your needs, then take a look at the compact ZED60-14FX in the ZED Mini range. If you need a couple more microphone inputs and another monitor mix, the ZED-16FX from our ZED Mid range is a great option. Need even more inputs? No problem, check out the ZED-22FX.
And all of these mixers offer stereo recording and livestreaming capabilities so you can capture your performance for your fans.
BEST FOR 3-PIECE AND 4-PIECE BANDS
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