Zoom LiveTrak L-8 8-channel 12-track Multitrack Recorder + Digital Mixer

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 500+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$450
Zoom LiveTrak L-8

The Zoom LiveTrak L-8 is marketed towards content creators, podcasters, and bands as an all in one mixer / recorder / streaming device.

It is capable of recording, playing back, and mixing 10 simultaneous tracks on its own or 12 if it is used as an audio interface.

It is also capable of functioning as an audio interface and have the audio feed go direct to streaming platforms.

Aside from the transport buttons, it also has 6 sound trigger pads for samples, canned laughter, or other sound effects for your podcast, interview recording, or live performance.

Specifications

  • Simultaneous recording tracks: 10 (plus 2 stereo tracks if direct to DAW)
  • Tracks playback/mix simultaneously: 10
  • Virtual tracks: 6 with undo/redo history function on all tracks
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line/Hi-Z), 4 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 2 x 1/4" TS (ch 7/8), 1 x 1/8" TRRS (smartphone)
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR, 4 x 1/4" TRS , USB
  • Sample rate:96kHz
  • Bit rate: 24-bit
  • On-board effects: 4 x Reverbs, Delay, Chorus, Vocal, 3-band EQ, 75Hz Highpass Filter
  • Effects send: Internal
  • USB audio interface: Yes
  • Storage medium: SDHC/SDXC Card Slot
  • Export tracks to computer: Yes, plus capability to simultaneously act as an audio interface/livestream source

Pros

Users who bought the LiveTrak L-8 chose it for its rich feature set tailored towards their specific needs. Being able to simultaneously record to a DAW and external storage was seen as a plus for recording engineers who would want to have a backup copy of their session in other storage media. Being able to be powered by batteries was also seen as a plus for some users as they can record nearly anywhere.

Cons

From all the pros just listed, users cite one potentially deal-breaking flaw: the USB port is also used for AC power.

Overall

The majority of positive reviews come from podcasters on the go who love the Livetrak L-8's portability and features. Bands also love it for its capability to be an audio interface, enabling them to either record their rehearsals for demos or use the same unit to do their final production. All in all, the Zoom LiveTrack is a feature-laden but convenient and user-friendly device.