Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Digital Mixer, 8-Channel

The Zoom LiveTrak L-8 is a ready-to-go portable recording solution for live music or podcasting. Use this digital mixer on battery power, or plug it in.
The Zoom LiveTrak L-8 is a portable digital mixer and recorder, ideal for podcast and music recording in the studio and on the go.

The L-8 combines a digital mixer with 8 input channels, and a multi-track recorder capable of recording up to 12 tracks simultaneously. It can be used as a 12-in / 4-out USB audio interface even while you are recording to the SD card. Whether recording to the SD card or computer, it will save a separate file for each input so you will have the flexibility to edit and mix in post-production.

Podcasters can connect up to 4 pairs of headphones to the L-8's outputs. In addition to the master output mix, the L-8 has 3 independent monitor mixes, enabling different mixes to be sent to individual musicians, participants, and performers.

Sound effects are a necessity for podcasters. The L-8 has 6 sound pads that can be used to play intros, jingles, sound effects, and more. You can trigger a pre-recorded ad or interview to give your hosts a break. If your podcast has a theme or a music bed, you can hit a sound pad to easily play it.

Remote podcast guests can be problematic, but not with the L-8. Equipped with a smartphone connection jack and an included TRRS cable, the L-8 is ideal for podcasting with call-in guests. The Mix-Minus function automatically prevents echo and feedback to and from your caller. You can also use the USB connection to route audio from Skype, Facetime, Hangouts, Slack, and more.

Powered with four AA read more batteries for up to 2 hours, the L-8 is your anytime, anywhere recorder and mixer. For longer recording sessions, you can connect a portable USB battery, and if the USB battery dies, it will automatically switch to the AA battery power. You can always power the L-8 using wall power with the included power adapter.

Features:

- 8-channel mixer (6 combo, plus 2 TS)
- 12-track simultaneous recording, 10-track playback
- Mix-Minus function preventing audio feedback from dial-in guests
- TRRS connection and included TRRS cable for phone connectivity
- 6 assignable Sound Pads, with 13 preset sounds
- 4 headphone outputs, consisting of 3 custom monitor mixes, plus one main mix
- 3-band EQ and a low-cut function
- 7 scene memories for storing mixes
- 12-in / 4-out USB audio interface
- Class-compliant mode (for iOS compatibility)
- Battery operated with four AA batteries or a USB power supply
- Record up to 24-bit/96kHz, record up to 48kHZ to computer and SD card simultaneously
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Inputs:
- MIC/LINE: 6
- LINE: 2

Output:
- MASTER OUT: 1
- MASTER OUT (PHONES): 1
- MONITOR OUT (PHONES): 3

MIC/LINE inputs:
- Type: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 HOT, TRS: TIP HOT)
- Input gain: +10 - +54 dB
- Input impedance: XLR: 3 kO
- TRS: 3 kO/510 kO (when Hi-Z ON)
- Maximum input level: -2 dBu when -26dB switch OFF (at 0 dBFS) +24 dBu when -26dB switch ON (at 0 dBFS)
- Phantom power: +48 V

LINE inputs:
- TS phone jack/TRRS mini jack (4-pole/TIP: L, RING: R, RING: GND, SLEEVE: MIC)
- Input impedance: 3 kOhms
- Maximum input level: +4 dBu

Outputs:
MASTER OUT:
- Type: XLR jacks (balanced)
- Maximum output level: +14.5 dBu
- Output impedance: 100 O
MASTER OUT (PHONES):
- Type Standard stereo phone jack
- Maximum output level: 10 mW + 10 mW (60O load)
MONITOR OUT (PHONES):
- Type: Standard stereo phone jack
- Maximum output level: 10 mW + 10 mW (60O load)
- Output impedance: 10 Ohms

Buses:
- MASTER: 1
- MONITOR: 3
- SEND EFX: 1

Channel strip:
- LOW CUT: 75 Hz, 12 dB/OCT
- EQ:
-- HIGH: 10 kHz, +/-15 dB, shelving
-- MID: 2.5 kHz, +/-15 dB, peaking
-- LOW: 100 Hz, +/-15 dB, shelving

Level meter: 9 segments
Send effects: 8 types

Recorder:
- Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 12 at 44.1/48/96 kHz
- Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 10
- Recording format: WAV 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo

Recording media:
- 4GB-32GB SDHC-compliant cards (Class 10 or higher) 64GB-512GB SDXC-compliant cards (Class 10 or higher)
- Audio interface: 44.1/48 kHz
- Recording: 12 channels
- Playback: 4 channels
- Bit depth: 24-bit
- Interface: USB 2.0

Card reader: Class Mass storage USB 2.0 High Speed

Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz

Frequency response:
- 20 Hz - 20 kHz (-1 dB at 44.1 kHz)
- 20 Hz - 40 kHz ( -3 dB at 96 kHz (when +48 dB))

Equivalent input noise: Actual measurements: 121dB EIN (IHF-A) at +54dB/150O input

Display: LCD with backlight

Power:
- 4 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
- AC adapter (ZOOM AD-17): DC 5V/1A
- USB bus power

Estimated continuous operation times using batteries: 2 hours for alkaline or 3 hours for NiMH when battery saving mode on/48V off
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZL8
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (631) 542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/
(2 ratings)
Submitted May 26, 2020 by Nicole Sandler in Coral Springs, FL
"HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE FROM ZOOM"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
zZounds has been WONDERFUL thought this process. I purchased the mixer through ZZounds. When it arrived, it was missing the plastic slider piece from the first fader. zZounds replaced it for me immediately.Unfortunately, the replacement unit is defective. The signal on the TRRS connector line is very noisy and tech support at Zoom had no answers for me. Then, the main bus through which the computer connects via USB apparently has a short, as the pot either cuts out sporadically or gets really noisy. Both happen at random times and make the mixer unusable. Zoom would not work with me on the issue. They'd allow me to return it and then would send a replacement, leaving me without a mixer for over a week. I host a daily radio show, so that wasn't an option. Thankfully zZounds, again, will put a replacement unit on my credit card and hold it until the original is returned, then void the charge-- same thing they did last time. So to be clear, my negative review is for ZOOM and their LiveTrak L8. I should've just paid the extra $200 and gotten the Rodecaster Pro!
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