Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Digital Mixer & Multitrack Recorder, for Music, Podcasting, and More, 12-Input/ 14-Channel SD Recorder, 14-in/4-out USB Audio Interface, 5 Powered Headphone Outputs
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||17.5 x 3 x 11 inches|
|Item Weight||5.65 Pounds|
About this item
- 12 discrete channels (8 mono plus 2 stereo) with XLR or 1/4-inch connectivity
- Frequency characteristics 44. 1 kHz: -1. 0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 96 kHz: -3. 0 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz. 14 -track Simultaneous recording, 12-track playback
- 5 powered headphone outputs, each with a customizable and savable mix
- 14 -in/4-out USB audio interface connectivity
- Scene saving function, up to 9 scenes saved at a time
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In the box
The L-12 comes with:
- AC adapter (Zoom AD-19)
- USB 2.0 cable
- Quick Guide
Zoom LiveTrak L-12
The Zoom LiveTrak L-12 is the only digital mixer that lets you mix live performances and record up to 12 discrete channels, all while providing five individual custom headphone mixes. Plus, it’s got the quietest and most advanced preamps Zoom has ever created.
Whether you’re a musician, podcaster, or member of a band, the power to mix, monitor, and record is now at your fingertips. For creators like you who do everything, this is the one board that does it all.
- 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 mix
- Record to an SD card and computer simultaneously
- Scene saving function, up to 9 scenes saved at a time
- 16 built-in delay and reverb effects with adjustable parameters
- Automatic recording starting/stopping capability
Effortless Live Mixer
Its 12 discrete channels (eight mono plus two stereo) have 3-band mid-parametric EQ, and 16 built-in send effects. The L-12’s eight mono channels also have a dedicated compressor. You can also route backing tracks from a computer into your live mix using Audio Interface mode.
Record Everything, Remix Anywhere
Record 12 tracks up to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV audio to an SD card (up to 512 GB) while simultaneously mixing your live show. You can mix and overdub your finished project, or transfer the discrete tracks to your favorite DAW for further mixing and editing.
Five Custom Monitor Mixes
The L-12 has five powered monitor mix outputs that each provide an individual mix, allowing every performer a mix that’s tailored to their preferences. Since the L-12 can drive headphones or in-ear monitors, there’s no need for a separate headphone monitoring setup.
USB Connectivity for Your DAW
As a 14-in/4-out USB audio interface, the L-12 offers limitless creative possibilities. Route signal from each input and the master fader output to any DAW at sample rates up to 48 kHz. You can even route signal from your DAW back into the L-12 on tracks 9/10 or 11/12, allowing you to easily add click or backing tracks to the main mix or monitor mixes.
Advanced Onboard Effects
There are 16 built-in effects, all with fully adjustable parameters. Choose from delay and reverb effects and send them to any channel.
Custom Scene Settings
Nine different scenes can save and recall custom mix settings automatically. Each scene saves fader position, EQ settings, pan, mute, and more. The “Fader Mode” buttons display and adjust mix output from the Master Out as well as Monitor Outs A through E.
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12-channel Digital Mixer with 24-bit/96kHz 12-track Recorder, 5 Monitor Outputs, 3-band EQ, 16 Built-in Effects, and 14-in/4-out USB Audio Interface - Mac/PC/iOS
- 12-channel digital mixer (8 mono/2 stereo)
- 14-in/4-out USB audio interface for your Mac, PC, or iOS device (Apple Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter is required for iOS)
- 12-track 24-bit/96kHz recording directly to an SD card
- Record up to 48kHz to a computer and an SD card simultaneously
- Create customizable, savable headphone mixes for up to 5 band members
- Complete your entire project on the mixer, or transfer all 12 discrete tracks to your DAW for editing and mixing
- 8 combo jacks accommodate both XLR and 1/4″ connectors
- 8 great-sounding mic preamps with phantom power and +60dB of gain
- Channels 1–2 offer hi-Z inputs for your electric guitar or bass
- Channels 9/10 and 11/12 have TRS and RCA connectivity for keyboards and other audio devices
- Each channel features a 3-band mid-parametric EQ and 16 built-in effects
- Channels 1–8 include a dedicated compressor for controlling dynamics
- Channels 3–8 have a -26dB pad for capturing loud sources
- Clear 12-segment LED metering for keeping an eye on your levels
- Save up to 9 scenes and recall your custom settings automatically
- Record automatically when the master fader detects a certain dB level
- Capture data up to 2 seconds before recording starts, in case a performance begins ahead of time
- Built-in slate mic for recording comments or talk back
- Onboard metronome for keeping the band in sync
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You can plug in a number of different devices to pull material from to work on. I use it to rehearse to songs playing from spotify on my computer connected VIA USB. I can adjust the volume of both the source music and my practice so I can easily isolate problem spots. You can also set aside trouble spots to share with your teacher when you run into problems.
It has a built in metronome so you can practice in time, and see how your timing is while you work on different passages.
This thing really rules in a low volume rehearsal situation where everyone wants to use headphone. It has 5 independent aux sends to 1/4" headphone jacks. This gives everyone the ability to hear exactly what they want to. It has built in effects so the singer can have a little bit of reverb on their vocals.
All that, and you can record your rehearsal to an SD card both as individual tracks and as a summed mix. The recording feature is super simple. Just select the tracks you would like to record, arm, and record. Throw a large SD card in the unit, and you will be set for weeks of rehearsal. It's also easy to listen to what you just recorded and sort out what happened as a group in different parts of a song.
I will often get an idea in my head. With this it's as simple as come in, turn it on, start recording the idea. I can go back and add tracks from other instruments after I get the basic idea down, and I can even do these to a click. you could use it to stand alone record, but it's editing features are great, so you just drop the files into your computer and work within your favorite DAW.
With the built in metronome you don't have to worry about having your computer turned on to be able to track some stuff and be able to drop it right into the computer in time later.
With a built in recorder, and the ability to plug directly into your computer with 12 inputs and one sum, It provides great tools to work with. I play drums, and use an electronic kit to record. I can plug in the individual sends from my drum brain right into the unit and trick like I was at the studio.
Super hack record your whole recording session directly on the device as a safety in case there are any issues with the computer recording, or a perfect solo that you didn't hit record for. Zero latency monitoring is great too.
I think it is probably more of a sub mixer, but it can do a whole show if you don't have too many instruments. If everyone is using in ear monitors it gives them up to 5 different mixes for that. it has XLR as well as balanced 1/4" outputs for speakers.
You can record the whole show and come back and mix it later at home, or directly on the mixer. It has decent live effects and compression to make your show sound great coming out of your main speakers.
I had to go back and add this after my initial review. I feel like this is another area where this really shines. With the pandemic in full swing playing music with other people can be very difficult while trying to maintain social distancing. I have two rehearsal situations currently that I'm using this for.
The first is a group where we are all in separate rooms and communicate via microphones. At my station I have my L-12 and mic up my drums with it. I send a stereo mix of the drums to another L-12 in the house via two XLR cables. I get a headphone signal from the other L-12 with a mix of all the other instruments. I can sum that, my drums, and a click in my L-12 and hear and record everything that happens while controlling my drum mix to the board.
The second group rehearses outside with me in a garage. In this situation I mic all the other instruments directly and use 4 mics on the drums. This allows me to hear everything that's happening outside the garage, and record all the songs we play. I setup a template inside of Logic Pro X so when I get home I can copy the stems from the SD card and drag and drop them into logic with no real need to mix them since the levels and effects are already set. This results in great recording for all members of the band to review when we get home.
There aren't many trouble spots on this unit, and I'm still giving it the highest rating due the fact that for its issues it still does way more than just about anything at its price point.
1) The compression always writes to the recording and it's not a great compressor.
2) The Preamps aren't great, but they're usualable
3) The file naming system is okay, but pretty close to impossible to change. (Changing a long file name with a click wheel is not how I want to spend 5 minutes on every recording)
4) The faders aren't motorized (you have to set the faders whenever you switch mixes)
5) No individual stereo or mono pairs for monitor out in live situation
This is a tool I can definitely get behind. At this or any price point there isn't much else on the market with all of these types of capabilities in a reasonably sized package. I have, and will continue to recommend this to my friends and peers.
To start with I want to say I have been a Zoom fan for many years. I own an H2n, H4N, G3x and have given gifts of the H2n and recommended them for school programs. I have been recording music for many years now and have tried many different interfaces. I have now been through 3 of these units. All of them have had significant bleed of input between channels 5/6 and 7/8. This means that line level signal input to channels 5 or 6 will bleed through and register on 7 *and* 8. This happens from 7/8 to 5/6 as well. I have called Zoom 4 times and not once has my call been returned. They keep saying they are waiting on more information from their engineers in Japan to confirm the issue. Multiple times I offered to send my unit to them for testing and that was refused. Today I called back and they said they had just gotten information today from their engineers that they had a unit where they could reproduce the problem. This process has been going on over a month. I am now out of my return window and sitting waiting for a call back when they get any new information. They didn't come right out and say it in the phone call today but I expect that this is a manufacturing defect and will be present in all units. I strongly recommend staying away from this and looking elsewhere. Perhaps the R24 or PreSonus StudioLive* (I have changed this due to some new information that has come to light, man)
UPDATE: Someone at Zoom got wind of the troubles I am having. Since then they have been extraordinarily helpful and responsive. The issue appears to be something related to using unbalanced inputs. The bleed problem only occurs on channels 5-8 if you use unbalanced 1/4" TS cables for inputs. If you use either 3 pin or 1/4" TRS inputs there will be no bleed. The recordings are clean and clear. The unit is extremely easy to use, and has well thought out in layout. At this stage I am willing to say that if you are OK with only using balanced ins on channels 5-8, this is worth the money any day. If you feel squeamish, the R24 is your next best bet.
Also, this rating is for the product itself. The company remains one that I believe in and would still highly recommend.
Con: Effects are only global so that's my only issue with it. Wish that could be fixed. Should allow per channel and multiple different effects.
Warning: Takes a while to learn to use. Especially single led light indicating last known setting and needing to go back to it before slider responds - apparently designed that way to keep from accidentally bumping slider? Anyway, not bad once you know that.
Naming new recordings is a pain.
Overdubbing takes a lot of button pressing.
Bouncing to /from a track - I still haven't figured out how to do that.
Pro: Very pristine results. This is why I give it five stars. That and the individual headphone mixing.
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Have not used the scenes or the 5 headphone outputs. Will try at a later date
The effects also are interesting and will require trial and error. A downside I haven't figured out yet, is how to have different effects on different tracks in the same recording. Seems all tracks can only use 1 effect and tracks can adjust turn on or off or adjust by volume? I cannot connect to my FL Studio DAW on my laptop, so that is disappointing.
Requires a very fast SD card (300mbs) and had trouble initially trying to use my old slower one from my R16.
Nice feature with the pan and other knobs. Also sound quality improvement noticible over the R16.
In general very happy
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Sound Quality is excellent. ZERO hum or noise... very clear. I use Bose audio speakers to monitor.
The audio interface capabilities make this product all the more worth it.
It's compatibility with iOS and other devices is great.
All in all easy to use and produces great results.