Small mixers are always a compromise, but on balance, this sounds good, feels good, and has everything I need for a solo performance using a few channels. Sounded awesome, and interestingly, the venue owner said it was the best sound system he has heard at his outdoor wedding site. The ‘British’ EQs, as the Soundcraft marketeers describe them, are perfectly adequate for basic tonal shaping, and the turnover frequencies for the two shelves and the Q for the swept mid-band seem to have been sensibly chosen. Just what I wanted, a nice, clean sound with a pretty small footprint.
Someone using an older passive ribbon mic might struggle here, but if you have the money to spend on those mics, I’m guessing you could also budget for a suitable preamp. I deliberately overloaded both the preamps and the master bus, and the distortion characteristics seem quite smooth to my ears. Helpful · Not helpful · Report review Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason? Here, you can get tweaky with the ZED-10FX’s 16 separate effects, for nailing the perfect, polished live sound. Their Notepad 124FX is one of their latest, and more compact, designs, so we thought we should see what place it might have in a home studio setup. As the name implies, the Notepad 124FX is a 12-input, four-bus (ie.dual stereo) mixer, and includes on‑board digital effects. Should it ever break, I know that the service from A&H will be top-notch. The way this has been implemented on ZED is super-flexible and super-easy. No longer do you need to fiddle around the back of your PC to get to the soundcard inputs, only to find that the levels are all wrong and noisy.
Plugging in and powering up is simple: this being a stand-alone analogue mixer, there’s no software driver or USB connection to complicate matters. I tested the preamps by recording vocals, an acoustic guitar and a basic drum‑kit part. Manufacturer Part Number ZED-10 My first impression was that it had a little less very low-end than the Mackie it was replacing. Lots of audience folks told us later the sound was perfect, they could hear every note clearly, and when one of the wedding party did a recitation using one of our sm57s thru the PA, they could all hear her very clearly and she sounded nice. Those with built‑in effects also make it easy to provide simple artist cue mixes with reverb, delays or other effects, without having to deal with the prospect of latency that plagues so many audio interfaces. Alongside the likes of Mackie and Allen & Heath, Soundcraft have long been one of the leading manufacturers of small‑format mixers that are suitable for use on stage and in the home studio. The remaining three controls, all rotary pots, on each of these four channels govern the effects send level, the L‑R pan position, and the channel output level.