ALTO ZMX862 Professional 6-Channel Compact Mixer
- 12 total inputs including xlr jacks w/ phantom power on ch. 1 & 2; expanded channel count perfect for small groups or sub-mixes
- High headroom circuitry offering extra dynamic range; ultra-low-noise discrete mic preamps
- 2 aux sends per channel for external effects and monitoring; 3-band eq on each channel
- Two stereo input channels with balanced trs jacks; aux inputs/outputs for external audio source integration
- Switchable phantom power
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High headroom, low noise
All Alto Professional ZEPHYR ZMX mixers are designed with high headroom and ultra low-noise, discrete mic preamps so you always get the full dynamic range of your mix every time.
- High headroom circuitry offering extra dynamic range
Alto Professional ZMX862
6-Channel Compact Mixer
Just because the ZMX862 is compact, portable and affordable doesn't mean you have to make sacrifices. This compact mixer brings the same standard of quality to your performances as our top-of-the-line models. The Alto Pro ZMX 862 is professional-grade mixing with a small footprint!
- Expanded channel count perfect for small groups or sub-mixes
- Ultra-low-noise discrete mic preamps
- Switchable phantom power
Professional Mixing Features
The ZEPHYR ZMX622 is a robust 6-channel, 2 bus mixer with all of the highly essential inputs, outputs, and EQ for any live show. It features 2 XLR inputs, 2 aux sends per-channel, a three-band EQ and more!
Versatile Inputs and Outputs
Choose the ZMX862 as the center command for your live performances, home studio, or video suite. Plug in microphones, keyboards, drum machines, MP3 or CD players, or audio from a DVD player.
Visualize your mix
Blue, red, yellow and white pots are easy to identify in dim lighting. The bright LED indicators for output level, peak, and phantom power assist in making sure that visual cues compliment what you're hearing.
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12 total inputs including XLR jacks w/ phantom power on ch. 1 & 2.
2 aux sends per channel for external effects and monitoring.
Two stereo input channels with balanced TRS jacks.
Aux inputs/outputs for external audio source integration.
Expanded channel count perfect for small groups or sub-mixes.
- 3-band EQ on each channel
|Input Amount||6 total inputs||12 total inputs||16 total inputs|
|Stereo TRS Inputs||2 stereo input channels with balanced TRS jacks||2 stereo input channels with balanced TRS jacks||2 stereo input channels with balanced TRS jacks|
|Aux Inputs/Outputs||1 stereo aux input/output||2 stereo aux input/output||2 stereo aux input/output|
|XLR Inputs||1 XLR Input||2 XLR Inputs||4 XLR Inputs|
|Built-in FX||Reverbs, flangers, chorus effects and more|
|Unbalanced Main Outputs||✓||✓||✓|
|CTRL Room Output||✓||✓|
|3 Band EQ||✓||✓|
|2 Band EQ||✓|
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I DID notice that everything was much Brighter through this ALTO ZMX862 Mixer then in my old Peavy6, so I had to dial down the mids and the highs a bit more, but that could mean that this Mixer has a much higher effective Bandwidth. The Peavey had great Total Harmonic Distortion specs (THD), and the ALTO ZMX862 Mixer wasn’t spec’d for THD, but I haven’t noticed any blurring or fogginess in the audio. After ‘dialing it in’ the ALTO ZMX862 Mixer sounds great.
Now, something about how Useful the ALTO ZMX862 Mixer is – I was using the Old Peavey to Mix IPOD Audio in with my Guitar and then running Both the IPOD and the Guitar Audio back through my Guitar Amp (a Fender Mustang III)… you know, instead of having separate speakers for the ‘Music’ and for the Guitar, I was using just the Guitar Amp. The way it works in detail is I got the ‘Conditioned’ Guitar Signal from the Amp’s FX Send and ran it to one of the Peavey’s Mic Inputs (mono). From the Peavey Mixer I ran the Mixed Signal back to the Amp’s FX Return through the Peavey’s own FX Send (and from there in the Amp it goes to the Final Power Amplification and then to the Speaker, and so the nice Clean IPOD Music isn’t ‘stepped on’ by ‘Guitar Effects’.). To keep the Peavey Working all the way through to the Main Out and the Headphone Out, I ‘Split’ the Peavey’s FX Send signal and plugged it back into the Mixer’s own FX Return Input (FX Sends need FX Returns, or that’s the end of the Line). But the new ALTO ZMX862 Mixer works a bit differently. With the ALTO ZMX862 Mixer to do the same thing with the Guitar Amp’s FX Send and Return and with the Mixers effective Send and Return, you use the AUX Circuits. You still run the Amp’s FX Send to a Mic Input (mono), but the ALTO ZMX862 Mixer has an “AUX Send” and the connector marked “2 FX”. It is a STEREO Send, and my Mustang III FX Return is a Mono, but all you have to do to convert a Stereo Out to a Mono Out is shove a ¼ inch Mono Plug into the Mixer Stereo Jack, and it all comes out Mono in the end. I originally tried using the Control Room Out for the Return Signal to my Amp’s FX Return, and although it did ‘kind of work’, it effectively locked in the Headphone Volume from the ALTO ZMX862 Mixer to the Main Level and Control Room Volume, which I had to adjust way down in order to not overdrive the Mustang III amplifier. I wasn’t getting much headphone amplitude that way. That is what made me think of using the AUX Circuits – there seems to be Volume Controls Everywhere in the AUX Circuit, so you can balance all the Volumes and keep the headphone volume on a different branch of the circuit. It was all very handy, as soon as I figured out what it was all for.
But yes, this new ALTO ZMX862 Mixer works a lot better in this application. With the old Peavey, I had to keep the Master Volume of the Amp really low because the Peavey Signal into the Amp could not be adjusted down far enough so that the Amp had a chance to work in its Sweet Spot. My next project will be running a mixed audio signal to a Video Camera, and so the ability to set those Output Levels will definitely come in handy there too.
I love this new ALTO ZMX862 Mixer. But if anything squirrelly happens ‘down the road’ I will be sure to come back and take off a few Stars and explain why.
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It's listed as an 8 channel mixer (16 if you include FX, aux, etc.) I find this inaccurate. How many channels **with faders and aux sends** are there? Six. So, realistically and for your purposes, it's a 6 channel mixer.
Non-smoking, non pet household. Used on a bunch of gigs. 3 years old. Always performed flawlessly. I REALLY like this mixer. I'd keep it in a heartbeat except for:
1. I went to a digital mixer - never going back.
2. I have a smaller Yamaha mixer as backup. So...
3. I really don't need 3 mixers.
It has built in FX for reverb (there are more effects, but they're gimmicky. What matters is reverb). No compression on any channel. Preamps are quiet and good enough to bring an SM57 up to a usable level.
3 band EQ is enough to make just about everything work nicely. Crank down the high to lowpass, crank down the low to high pass. It's simple but helps you manage your headroom.
The level meter is pretty good. It's after the fader but I used it with great success. I could usually dial in our levels so well with just the meter than soundcheck required few to no tweaks.
Honestly, I can't criticize this mixer in any way. Maybe the power cord could be a bit more robust but it was case mounted with strain relief so the cord never saw any stress.
Over view the Mixer is small and compact but looks good to any Podcast or recording system.
After really looking a this unit I see it as a Podcast /Webcast mixer at a great price and 100% perfect for
a podcast. I highly advice using the XLR jack with phantom power, some microphones say 48V , my 48V Microphones had no problems with this mixer and medium setting it was perfect for my use. The gain was only set at 10DB I had up to 50 to use on gain so plenty of power.
The mixer is designed to work with mono- or stereo inputs and has an stereo/mono Aux in and out. There is zero interference or humms and it is located 2feet from a florescent light with no problems. Its solid with a little weight to it does not feel cheap at at 49.00 its allot of mixer in compact unit. What I can do with this unit is use the XLR jack with phantom power Mic, has input from my pc music and also allow calls to come in all for my podcast why the extra inputs do not have an EQ I found they are not needed. Has a nice output level light as well.
A neat addition to this is taking the aux inputs and allowing them to go to the headphones, or to mix or both. with two buttons.
Great price, simple setup simple to operate, has a XLR jack with phantom power which works great.
Small enough for a desk, but enough options for novice or hobby users.
Built tough has many uses and perfect for podcast. No interference or humm reported on other brand mixer in this price range.
I will say it has a nice cool factor with the way its setup all knobs are color coordinated for easy identification.
Line inputs have level and l/r adjustments.
Cons: I guess if there was one it has just one XLR jack with phantom power,
not that you need two microphones and there are two other 1/4 jacks where one nonXLR jack mic could be used I tried and it works ok.
Final notes: This is solid and built for professional use, but does not have all options the ones over $100.00 do.
That said for $49.00 its great deal and has highest ratings of any mixer in its price and class.
At this price even though there is only one XLR jack with phantom power, you could afford two of them.
I " HIGHLY RECOMMEND " this mixer its great.