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Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Portable 8-Channel Digital Mixer and Multitrack Recorder

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Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Portable 8-Channel Digital Mixer and Multitrack Recorder
Key Features
  • Portable Podcasting/Music Studio
  • 6 XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with +48V
  • 10 Faders to Control Audio Levels
  • Multitrack Recording via SD Card and USB
The Zoom LiveTrak L-8 digital mixer and recorder puts the flexibility of Zoom's popular LiveTrak L-Series range in a compact and portable format that's optimized for podcasting and music production on the go. The LiveTrak L-8 provides tactile controls and intuitive functionality, so you can start a podcasting or music recording session in minutes.
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Zoom L8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Panel Podcasts are No Problem
  • 3Six Sound Pads for Triggering Samples or Music
  • 4Easy Phone Call Interviews
  • 5Multiple Independent Headphone Outputs
  • 6Track Song Demos with Multiple Musicians
  • 7Flexible Powering Methods
  • 8Efficiently Save and Recall Entire Scenes
  • 9Record up to 12 Tracks

The Zoom LiveTrak L-8 digital mixer and recorder puts the flexibility of Zoom's popular LiveTrak L-Series range in a compact and portable format that's optimized for podcasting and music production on the go. The LiveTrak L-8 provides tactile controls and intuitive functionality, so you can start a podcasting or music recording session in minutes.

With six mic preamps, four independent headphone outputs, a phone tap for call-in interviews, and six sound pads, the LiveTrak L-8 can easily handle roundtable podcasts or tracking multiple musicians. Since it can be operated on AA batteries or a USB power supply, it can join you no matter where you go to record.

Whether you record to an SD card, stream via USB to a computer or iOS mobile device, or do both at the same time, the LiveTrak L-8 gives you up to 12 channels of simultaneous multitrack recording. Just add microphones (dynamic or condenser), hook up headphones, and get ready to produce quality content in no time.

Panel Podcasts are No Problem

  • Thanks to its six transparent, low-noise mic preamps with selectable phantom power, the LiveTrak L-8 can accommodate dynamic or condenser microphones for you and multiple guests.
  • Just insert an SDHC or SDXC card to start recording right away. Keep in mind that you can multitrack record via USB to a computer or iOS mobile device (separately available Apple Camera Connection Kit required) whether or not you track to an SD card.
  • No matter which media you choose, the L-8 records separate tracks to ensure flexibility in post-production processes such as editing and mixing.

Six Sound Pads for Triggering Samples or Music

  • Use sound effects and music clips to add excitement to your podcast. The LiveTrak L-8 features six assignable sound pads that allow you to instantly trigger effects, music, applause, prerecorded interviews, or ads.
  • The LiveTrak L-8 comes with 13 preset sounds for its sound pads, making it ready for out-of-the-box production.

Easy Phone Call Interviews

  • The LiveTrak L-8's phone tap lets you easily interview a guest who is calling in remotely on the phone or via common apps like Skype and FaceTime.
  • Simply connect your mobile device to the 3.5mm TRRS port using the supplied TRRS cable (some iOS devices may require a Lightning to headphone jack adapter), and the L-8 utilizes a mix-minus function to ensure that the caller won't hear their own voice echoing back to them.

Multiple Independent Headphone Outputs

  • The host and each guest in your podcast should clearly hear the content of your production. The L-8 offers four 1/4" stereo headphone outputs with independent level controls and mix selectors.
  • The main headphone output is sourced from the master output while the three other headphone outs can be assigned to the master mix or an independent cue mix.
  • Connect the balanced XLR stereo master outputs to a pair of active speakers for convenient monitoring.

Track Song Demos with Multiple Musicians

  • You can easily record song demos and live performances with multiple musicians using the LiveTrak L-8.
  • The first two channels of the L-8 support 1/4" Hi-Z inputs for direct connection of instruments such as a guitar and bass.
  • Channels 7-8 feature 1/4" line inputs, which can be used to plug in a drum machine or stereo keyboard.
  • Utilize the remaining inputs (channels 3-6) for mics on sources such as vocals and drums.
  • The four 1/4" headphone outputs allow you to create custom mixes for each musician.

Flexible Powering Methods

  • Conveniently run the L-8 in remote locations via four AA batteries—up to 2 hours via alkaline batteries, up to 3.5 hours via 1900 mAh NiMH batteries, or up to 6.5 hours via lithium batteries (batteries available separately).
  • A USB cable and the Zoom AD-17 USB-to-AC adapter are included for powering the L-8 from an AC outlet.
  • Alternatively, you can power the L-8 via a USB battery or power bank.
  • The L-8's USB connection is designed to eliminate accidental interruptions, giving you power on which you can rely.

Efficiently Save and Recall Entire Scenes

  • Set your levels, dial in the mix, then save your settings in one of the L-8's seven scene presets.
  • Recall a scene at the push of a button to instantly reconfigure the L-8.
  • Create different scenes for common scenarios such as podcasting, live streaming, band rehearsals, and more.

Record up to 12 Tracks

  • The L-8 records up to 10 discrete tracks and a stereo mix directly to an SD card at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz.
  • Use the L-8 as a 12-input / 4-output audio interface with your computer or iOS mobile device via USB at up to 24-bit / 48 kHz.
  • Punch record and overdub at any time for more complex productions.
  • Optimize the sound of your tracks via onboard effects and each channel's 3-band EQ and low-cut filter (effects, EQ, and overdub functions are unavailable at 96 kHz).
UPC: 884354021146

Zoom L8 Specs

Form FactorTabletop
Number of Tracks8
Maximum Simultaneous Tracks12 x Recording / 10 x Playback
DisplayLCD (Backlit)
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
Meters12 x 9-Segment LED
Signal Processing
Gain/Trim RangeMic/Line Inputs:
+10 dB to +54 dB (Hi-Z Off)
-3 dB to +41 dB (Hi-Z On)
High-Pass Filter75 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
EQ ParametersHigh: ±15 dB at 10 kHz (Shelving)
Mid: ±15 dB at 2.5 kHz (Notch/Peak)
Low: ±15 dB at 100 Hz (Shelving)
Built-In Effects8 x Effect (Type Unspecified)
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
4 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Line Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Unbalanced Smartphone In/Out
2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Line Output
4 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power48 V
Host Connection / USB1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-1 dB (at 44.1/48 kHz)
20 Hz to 40 kHz +0/-3 dB (at 96 kHz)
Maximum Input LevelMic/Line Inputs:
-2 dBu for 0 dBFS (without Pad)
+24 dBu for 0 dBFS (with Pad)
1/4" Line Inputs:
+3 dBu (Unbalanced)
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
+3 dBu
Maximum Output LevelXLR Outputs:
+14.5 dBu
Headphone Output Power10 mW per Channel into 60 Ohms (Max)
ImpedanceXLR Inputs:
3 Kilohms
1/4" Line Inputs:
3 Kilohms (Balanced)
10 Kilohms (Unbalanced)
1/4" Hi-Z Inputs:
1 Megohm
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
10 Kilohms
XLR Outputs:
100 Ohms
1/4" Outputs:
10 Ohms
EIN≤ 121 dBu (IHF-A, +54 dB Gain, 150-Ohm Source)
Digital Audio
Audio File FormatsWAV
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Record)
Bit Depths16 / 24-Bit (Recording)
24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Audio Storage & Playback
Supported MediaSD Card
Memory Card Slot1 x SDXC
Supported Media CapacitySDHC:
4 GB Minimum to 32 GB Maximum
SDXC:
64 GB Minimum to 512 GB Maximum
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.12 or Later
Windows 7 or Later (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
iOS 10 or Later
Processor RequirementMac:
Intel Core i3 or Better
PC:
Intel Core i3 or Better
Required HardwareAvailable USB 2.0 Port, USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1 Port ([or])
Lightning to USB Adapter (Not Included)
Power
Power RequirementsBattery, AC/DC Power Adapter (Not Included), USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Included)
Power Consumption5 W
Battery Type4 x AA
Approximate Battery Life2 Hours (Alkaline, 4 Channels, Recording, Phantom Off, Backlit Display, Stamina Mode/Battery Save, 62-Ohm Load)
3.5 Hours (NiMH, 4 Channels, Recording, Phantom Off, Backlit Display, Stamina Mode/Battery Save, 62-Ohm Load)
6.5 Hours (Lithium, 4 Channels, Recording, Phantom Off, Backlit Display, Stamina Mode/Battery Save, 62-Ohm Load)
Physical
Dimensions10.6 x 11.1 x 2.9" / 26.8 x 28.2 x 7.4 cm
Weight3.4 lb / 1.6 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.975 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.9 x 13.4 x 3.8"

Zoom L8 Reviews

New frontier for me

By Antonio Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

As a filmmaker, I devote a lot of time to being updated and getting more skills. Sound is indispensable for filmmakers but it's really difficult to have time to learn the basics. This is simple and effective.

grate

By Moshe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-17

grate

ZOOM ZOOM!

By Levi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-01

I have been using Zoom gear for over 10 years and have yet to be disappointed. This mixer (especially for the price) is bananas. I use it often and love it more everytime.

Does a ton of stuff!

By Carl
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-03

I've been very impressed with the quality of Zoom's products, and this is no different. This will be a workhorse for my setup for many years to come. The only shortcoming I've found is that the usability is great, up until you have to interact with the tiny screen and its selection knob. I expected this kind of tradeoff with my Zoom H2, but this would have been SO much easier to use with a larger screen and a few function keys. For instance, it's unbelievable how much work you have to go through to simply rename a project. As an audio device, though, this is simply amazing value for the money.

Amazing !!!

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-07

Amazing!!!

Awesome all in one

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-09

Makes recording so much easier since it can record internally without a computer. The audio interface also works great, you will need to find the drivers and install them though. At least I had to for my Mac.

Very good!

By Rodrigo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

Very good. I recommend.

More versatile than expected

By Dedrick
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-07

I need a replacement mixer for in sports broadcasts. Topping the requirements were slide pots and multiple headphones. This fit the bill perfectly but I was surprised by the mixer's ability to do so much more - especially the mix-minus feature.

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