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Allen & Heath ZED-R16/X 16 Channel Recording Mixer With FireWire

Product Code: ALZED-R16/X
Manufacturer: Allen & Heath

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Our Price £1,998.99INC

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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.

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.

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 JetPLLTM digital audio chipset.

In addition to multi-track recording, the ZED-R16 allows mixing down in analogue, then recording back into the computer in digital. The bundled SONAR LE software makes this a breeze. 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.We've included Cakewalk SONAR LE with ZED-R16 so you can start recording your own music today with the most complete introductory music production software for Windows PC. Based on Cakewalk's award-winning SONAR X3 digital audio workstation, SONAR LE has been enhanced with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools to make creating your own music as simple and intuitive as possible, no matter what your experience level.

Key Features

• 32 audio tracks
• 64 MIDI tracks
• Seamlessly record, edit and mix using award-winning Skylight Interface
• Edit audio and MIDI intelligently with Smart Tool
• Premium Cakewalk instruments including full Studio Instruments suite and Square I
• Mix using a professional Console view and 10 studio-quality effects
• 1 GB of content including loops, MIDI Groove Clips and templates
• Save and share music using Gobbler,YouTube Export and SoundCloud
We've included Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE with ZED-R16 so you can immediately start to use it to create your own music.

Key Features

• Powered by SONAR X1
• 32 audio tracks
• 64 MIDI tracks
• 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
• 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality
• 24 simultaneous effects
• 8 simultaneous virtual instruments

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Operating Levels


Mono channel (XLR) Input -6 to –60dBu for nominal (+14dBu in max)
Mono channel Line Input (Jack socket) +14 to –40dBu (+34dBu maximum)
Insert point (TRS Jack socket) 0dBu nominal +21dBu maximum
Stereo Input (Jack sockets) 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
Stereo input (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
2 Track Input (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal +21dBu maximum


Main (2 Track 1) L-R (XLR) +4dBu nominal. +27dBu maximum.
L-R Insert (TRS Jack socket) 0dBu nominal +21dBu maximum
2 Track 2 Outputs (Jack sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum.
All other analogue outputs 0 nominal +21dBu maximum


Analogue Headroom from nominal (0Vu) 21dB
Digital converter headroom from nominal analogue (0Vu) 16dB

Frequency Response

Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain +/-0.5dB 20Hz to 140kHz.
Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Stereo in to Mix L/R out +/-0.5dB 20Hz to 40kHz


Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 6dB gain 1kHz +10dBu out 0.0025%
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain 1kHz 0.0045%
Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +10dBu 1kHz 0.003%
Stereo in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +10dBu 1kHz 0.004%

Digital Performance

Analogue to Digital conversion 24bit 114dB dynamic range (A wtd)
Digital to Analogue conversion 24bit 118dB dynamic range (A wtd)
Sample Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz


Mix Noise, LR out, 16 channels routed, Ref +4dBu, 22-22kHz 88dB (-84dBu)
Mix Noise, Aux 1-4 out, sends minimum, masters at unity 22-22kHz -86dBu
Mic Pre EIN @ 60dB gain 150R input Z 22-22kHz -128.5dBu


Note on/note off 0-127
MIDI switches Note on/note off
Transport control MIDI Machine Control
MIDI channel Default = 16. User settable

Power consumption



FireWire/ADAT Sw Sample Rate (kHz) FireWire Channels ADAT Channels
FireWire 44.1 & 48 18 + 18 8 + 8
FireWire 88.2 & 96 16 + 16 None
ADAT 44.1 None 16 + 16
ADAT 48 None 16 + 16

Computer System Specification Recommendations

Operating System CPU Speed RAM
XP P4/equiv or higher 2.8GHz or higher 1GB or higher
Vista Core 2 Duo or higher 2GHz or higher 2GB or higher
OSX 10.4.11/10.5.2+ Intel or PPC 2 GHz or higher 1GB or higher

Audio software & DAW compatibility

We are constantly updating the list of software applications that the ZED-R16 can be used with, so it's best to check the website for the up to date list. Also you should be able to find project templates already setup for ZED-R16, along with MIDI maps or mapping information for various DAWs and audio applications. At the time of writing this guide, we have successfully tested ZED-R16 audio and MIDI communication with:

  • SONAR LE & Producer 7
  • FL Studio
  • Cubase Studio 4
  • Audition 3
  • Logic Express 8
  • Ableton Live (MMC not tested)
  • ACID Pro 6

System Requirements (For SONAR LE)

(For running SONAR LE on a Windows computer. The system requirements for connecting to ZED-R16 are documented separately)

System Requirements Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows XP Windows XP/Vista/Vista x64
Processor Speed Intel® Pentium® 4 1.3 GHz, or AMD™ Athlon XP 1500+ or higher Intel® Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T], or AMD™ Athlon 64 2800+or higher
RAM 256 MB 1 GB or higher
Graphics (resolution, color depth) 1024 x 768, 16-bit colour 1280 x 960, 32-bit colour
Hard Disk Space 100 MB for core program 2 GB for program and content
Hard Disk Type Any EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
MIDI Interface Windows-compatible Windows-compatible
Audio Interface Windows-compatible WDM- or ASIO-compatible, including WaveRT for Vista
Optical Drive DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW for installation, CD-R or CDRW capability required for CD audio disc burning

Dropouts and Latency

Sample Rate Buffer Size Each way latency
48kHz 128 bytes 4.5mS
48kHz 256 bytes 7ms
96kHz 256 bytes 4mS
96kHz 512 bytes 7mS

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