Excerpt: Having had a fair amount of experience in music recording using analogue and digital tape machines I was reluctant to take the step into computer software recording as I am particularly interested in live recording without over dubs. Over several years I have looked at various interfaces but never felt comfortable with any of them. Recently I was introduced to the ZED-R16 while doing a recording with my band.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Compact, Excellent Sound, Versatile
Summary: I ordered the Zed R16 from Music 123's used inventory. I liked the high quality preamps and effective EQ, the routing is ideal for home recording, as is the ability to use it as a partial control surface. Unfortunately, the Firewire functions were dead, out of the box. The unit had obviously been disassembled at some point (several screws loose and one missing) so it had some repair history.
Summary: Really great mixer for the money, preamps are great sounding and very easy to setup. It's nice to have a real analogue feeling mixer to work with and being able to control the DAW faders via the MIDI assignment is great. Only thing I would say it could of done with is a solo button as well as the mute button, that would really help whilst doing a mix. Having said that it's not that much of an inconvenience as you can just use the solo button in your DAW.
Summary: I recently bought one of these mainly based on how good they look on paper, and I'm pleased to say that I personally find it as good as hoped it would be. Bear in mind that this is written from my point of view as a serious hobbyist and upgrading from an Alesis Multimix FW12. It looks and feels like a serious piece of kit and installation on Windows 7 x64 using Sonar x64 was quick and trouble free.