Zoom’s LiveTrak L-12 could replace your mixer, recorder and audio interface

Many of us now wear multiple music making hats, working both in the studio and on stage, on our own and in collaboration. Zoom’s LiveTrak L-12 is designed to cater for those those who do their creative business in a wide variety of different situations, enabling you to “mix, record, monitor, playback and remix.”

As such, Zoom reckons that this is “the board that does it all.” There are 12 discrete channels (eight mono plus two stereo), with 14-track simultaneous recording and 12-track playback. You also get five powered headphone outputs, each of which can have its own custom (and saveable) mix.

As well as helping you to record your gig - SD cards are used for storage - the LiveTrak L-12 can also operate as a 14-in/4-out USB audio interface, with a class-compliant mode meaning iOS compatibility. There are built-in delay and reverb effects, too, while each channel comes with a compressor and 3-band parametric EQ.

You can find out more on the Zoom website, while a feature list is below. It looks like the LiveTrak L-12 will be available in September priced at around $600/€600.

Zoom LiveTrak L-12 features

  • 12 discrete channels (8 mono plus 2 stereo) with XLR or 1/4-inch connectivity
  • 14-track simultaneous recording, 12-track playback
  • 14-in/4-out USB audio interface connectivity
  • 5 powered headphone outputs, each with a customizable and saveable mix
  • Add backing/click tracks from your computer to your live mix and recording
  • RCA and TS line inputs
  • 48V phantom power (channels 1-4 and 5-8)
  • Hi-Z connectivity (channels 1 and 2)
  • 26 dB pad (channels 3-8)
  • Built-in compression control (Channels 1-8)
  • Digital level meters -48 dB to -0 dB
  • Master mute button
  • Low-cut control
  • Stereo panning
  • Master and Monitor Outputs A-E
  • Scene saving function, up to 9 scenes saved at a time
  • 16 built-in delay and reverb effects with adjustable parameters
  • Built-in slate mic
  • Class-compliant mode (for iOS compatibility)
  • SD card input
  • Built-in metronome
  • Automatic recording starting/stopping capability
  • Project protection Import/export projects with USB 2.0 host port
  • Latency adjustment for A-to-D conversion
  • Compatible functions for ZOOM FS01 footswitch
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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