Direct Out Modifiocation for Allen & Heath ZED Mixer

I recently acquired an Allen & Heath ZED 12-FX mixer to use for home recording and live mixing. This is replacing a Mackie 1202-VLZ Pro that I have used for several years. I was looking to add a more channels and to improve on the EQ capabilities.ZED 12-FX Front Panel

For recording, I use a PC/Windows system running Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 with an M-Audio Delta 1010LT sound card. This gives me 8 input channels. I typically have recorded using the direct out capability on the channel Inserts of the Mackie mixer. By inserting a 1/4″ mono plug only half way (to the first click) the Mackie provides a direct out, without interruption of the signal through the channel. Unfortunately, the ZED mixer does not provide this capability.

I have performed this modification only on a ZED 12-FX mixer. However, it should be applicable to all mixers in the ZED series. There will be differences in the removal of the channel cards on some of the other ZED series mixers.

This article describes a modification to the mono channel of the ZED mixer to add a direct output function. This modification is not approved by Allen and Heath. As an unapproved modification, this may void your warranty. Continue reading