Zoom Introduces the LiveTrak L-20 Digital Recording Console

Zoom has debuted the LiveTrak L-20, a 20-input digital console that offers everything needed to mix, monitor and record complex audio productions in a single eight-pound package.

Zoom said the L-20 has 20 discrete audio channels (16 mono mic/line inputs and two stereo inputs) and six individual custom monitor mixes. The 16 mono inputs offer stand-alone compressor control.

Record 20 discrete channels plus a stereo mix directly to an SD card. The LiveTrak L-20 captures pristine audio in resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. At -128 dBu EIN with +60 dB maximum input gain, the L-20 is equipped with Zoom’s quietest and most advanced preamps. Mix down finished audio on the L-20 or transfer the content to a DAW.

With six independent monitor outputs, each output can have its own custom mix, complete with effects. It can be switched from a headphone output to a balanced line output for monitors.

All 20 inputs include a channel fader as well as dedicated mute and solo buttons. The 16 mono inputs include single-knob compression and gain control. Record or playback individual channels with the “rec/play” button.

The L-20 provides a smooth three-band mid-parametric EQ and a variable frequency low-cut for each channel. Use the “select” button to apply Channel Strip settings to the selected channel. It offers 20 built-in effects with adjustable parameters. Choose from delay and reverb effects, then apply them to any channel using two dedicated EFX busses.

Rear of L-20

The L-20’s combo inputs support XLR or ¼-inch connections. Channels 1-2 offer Hi-Z inputs for instruments. Channels 17/18 and 19/20 have TS line connectivity for other audio devices, as well as RCA inputs.

The LiveTrak L-20’s bright, backlit LCD screen and encoder knob allows users access a menu to create new projects, recall previous projects and customize recorder settings. Transport controls include record, play/pause, stop, fast forward and rewind. The overdub button allows users to record additional tracks to current projects. Create and save up to nine different scenes to recall fader position, EQ settings, pan and mute.

Although the LiveTrak L-20 is designed to work as a stand-alone recording and mixing console, it can also be used as a 22-in/4-out USB audio interface. The audio interface mode allows users to route inputs to any DAW or streaming software, even while recording to an SD card.

Additionally, audio can be routed from a computer into the L-20 to be mixed with a live performance. Class compliant mode, which enables connection with iOS devices, is supported as well.

iPad Interface

iPad Interface

The LiveTrak L-20 offers wireless control via a free iOS mobile app featuring most onboard functions, including Fader Levels and Modes, Scenes, EQ, EFX sends, returns and parameters.

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