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Hello experts,

I want to buy a desk with DAW control (for Cubase) and more than 8 preamps. So far, I've only found the Focusrite 2802 (too few channels) and the SSL matrix (too expensive).

Any other recommendations on the $4000 price range? (yes I'd get a Duality, but first a house maybe XD)


Boswell Thu, 03/17/2016 - 16:28

Allen & Heath Zed-R16.

It has 16 mono channels with excellent pre-amps, and the fader on any channel can be switched to become a DAW parameter. There is also a separate MIDI control section with 4 additional faders, 12 rotary knobs and 8 pushbuttons. The analogue direct outs and DAW returns all have converters on them for recording and then replay for mixing in analogue. It's a dream for someone who wants DAW control. The audio quality is as good as most $4000 consoles.

I don't know where in the world you are located, but the UK price of the Zed-R16 is around £1600, and the US price about $2200.