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Recording, Mixing, Monitoring — This Mixer Does It All

The Zoom LiveTrak L-20 makes capturing a rehearsal, producing a quick demo, or creating a great-sounding concert recording easy. Not only can you record up to 22 individual channels, but you can also create custom headphone mixes for up to six band members and craft a polished live mix complete with studio-quality effects. You can complete your entire project on the L-20 or transfer all 20 discrete tracks to your DAW for editing and mixing. The LiveTrak L-20 also functions admirably as a 22-in/4-out USB audio interface for your Mac, PC, or iOS device.

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Craft professional-quality live mixes

The LiveTrak L-20 makes crafting pro-quality live mixes easy. Each of its 22 discrete channels features a 3-band mid-parametric EQ and 20 built-in effects. Sixteen combo jacks accommodate both XLR and 1/4" connectors and are loaded with great-sounding mic preamps and dedicated compressors. Channels 1 and 2 offer hi-Z inputs for your electric guitar or bass, while channels 17/18 and 19/20 have TRS and RCA connectivity for keyboards and other audio devices. You also get clear 12-segment LED metering for keeping an eye on your levels.

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Produce great-sounding recordings

Recording your entire band has never been simpler, thanks to the Zoom LiveTrak L-20. Twenty-two individual tracks are conveniently captured onto an SD card at 24-bit/96kHz. You can then mix and overdub directly within the L-20 using its onboard effects or transfer the entire project to your DAW for further editing and processing. If you're performing live, you can record and mix your show simultaneously. You can even set up the L-20 to record automatically when the Master fader detects a certain decibel level — perfect for situations where the engineer and performer are the same person. At Sweetwater, we found that the L-20 makes recording incredibly fast and easy.

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Create six custom headphone mixes

With the LiveTrack L-20, you don't need separate personal monitor mixers — the monitoring is built in. Each of its six discrete monitor outputs provides a custom mix, so each member of your band can create and save their own. The L-20's headphone amplifier delivers lots of volume — even drummers won't have a difficult time hearing.

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More than a mere digital mixer

The Zoom LiveTrak L-20 is equipped with several operation modes. Put it in Audio Interface mode and the L-20 transforms into a 22-in/4-out USB interface for your Mac, PC, or iOS device with flexible routing options. In USB Host mode, you can transfer projects and files to a connected USB flash drive. Card Reader mode allows you to transfer files to and from your computer.

Zoom LiveTrak L-20 Features:

  • 20-channel digital mixer (16 mono/2 stereo)
  • 22-in/4-out USB audio interface for your Mac, PC, or iOS device (Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter is required for iOS)
  • 22-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 6 band members
  • Complete your entire project on the mixer, or transfer all 22 discrete tracks to your DAW for editing and mixing
  • 16 combo jacks accommodate both XLR and 1/4" connectors
  • 16 great-sounding mic preamps with phantom power and +60dB of gain
  • Channels 1 and 2 offer hi-Z inputs for your electric guitar or bass
  • Channels 17/18 and 19/20 have TRS and RCA connectivity for keyboards and other audio devices
  • Each channel features a 3-band mid-parametric EQ and 20 built-in effects
  • Channels 1–16 include a dedicated compressor for controlling dynamics
  • Channels 3–16 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 talkback
  • Onboard metronome for keeping the band in sync

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Tech Specs

  • Digital Mixer with USB Interface
  • 20
  • 16 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line)
  • Yes
  • 4 x 1/4" (2 x stereo channels), 2 x Dual RCA Stereo
  • 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (Hi-Z)
  • 2 x XLR (master)
  • 6 x 1/4" (monitor)
  • 2 x FX Buses
  • Built-in Slate Mic
  • 1 x 1/4" TRS
  • 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
  • USB (22 x 4)
  • 1 x 1/4" (footswitch control), 1 x Remote Port (BTA-1 adapter)
  • 18 x channel faders, 2 efx faders, 1 x master
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • 3-band Mid-parametric EQ
  • 20 effect variations ; Reverb, Delay, Chorus
  • Compression (16 channels)
  • 22 recording tracks, 20 playback tracks, 9 scene recall settings
  • Yes
  • LCD screen
  • SDHC/SDXC Card Slot
  • Remote Mixer App (iPad, BTA-1 bluetooth adapter required)
  • Yes (RKL-12 kit sold separately)
  • 12V DC 2A power supply (included)
  • 3.25"
  • 15.3"
  • 17.5"
  • 8.1 lbs.
  • ZL20

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I am a former well know recording studio owner/engineer/producer from the 70's -90's. I left the business, but am still a very creative songwriter. My Brother wasn't using his old Zoom MX1600 and gave it to me. I never HATED anything so much , but it allowed me to write and produce in an ANALOG fashion. A Year ago I treated myself tot he L20 and am SO HAPPY I did!! It is an exceptionally capable machine as a stand alone unit with it's own onboard memory (someplace!). I have recorded 22 songs using up to 16 tracks and the unit is not complaining! I can plug in, and go. I use outboard preamps (DBX376) but find the onboard compressor to be more than just a gimmick. I can off load via USB or hook straight up to my computer with a USB cable, to use my Mastering suite from Presonus, or off load the tracks into Presonus DAW for outside tracks from foreign lands!

I have not liked the headphone amp, it lacks the bandwith to properly power what I need to hear. A simple fix for that is the Little Labs MONOTOR, which has been CRAZY GOOD! John Little does an AMAZING job with this piece, practically a straight wire.

The L20 is designed as a Live Mixer, so there are a couple of tiny points I hope will be addressed. Combining (Bouncing) tracks to make a composite is quite difficult. I use the Monitor outs to feed an input, which is fraught with big challenges, feedback and some aliasing. But it can be done. The only thing the ancient predecessor did well was Bounce Tracks!

Most importantly- so many musician friends have lost their income with Covid. With an L-20 they can do ALL THE SESSION WORK they want!! I know 4 right now that are staying current with gigs and not losing them, from their home. The live gig might be dead for now, but the working musician can continue to "Call IN" their overdub with the L20!

Need a studio that can go just about anywhere with you? Then look no further. Not a let of bells and whistles, just straight up, standard board stuff that is easy to setup, and easy to use. I could sit here and write a lengthy review about what all I love about this piece of gear. But instead I thought why not let you hear how it records and to share some useful information. Then you can decide what you think about it.

Now the L-20 will allow you to mix down all your tracks into a separate, 2 channel mix, while retaining your original tracks separately. And it's extremely easy to do so, just a touch of a few buttons to do it. But for this I used my DAW.

We had one spike in the vocals from the singer getting on top of the mic that I needed to take out. So into my DAW the tracks went. The L-20 integrates with most DAWs, I used Mixcraft ver 9 for this recording. And with Mixcraft it's just a matter of downloading your L-20 drivers from Zoom, then in your DAW's settings selecting the appropriate ASIO input/output drivers which of course would be the Zoom ASIO driver. I used my DAW for taking out the "spike" and nothing else. Other than the spike removal, there was no editing whatsoever, what you hear is as it was recorded by the L-20.

The attached media is a 3 piece, drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. We shut down our cabs and PA except for mic'ing the guitar cab and used headphones for monitoring, the L-20 has 6 outputs for that, plus a master.

The guitar cab was mic'ed using two Shure SM57s, one centered, and one offset.
The bass was ran into a Sansamp Bass Driver DI and from there into the L-20
Vocals were mic'ed using an old 70s era Univox CE-5 microphone straight to the L-20
Drums were electronic and ran straight to the L-20.

The clarity of the recording is absolutely stunning and I couldn't be happier with how easy it was to achieve it using the Zoom LiveTrak L-20

I recycled a lot of this from my previous review of the L-12.

This is a great music tool for a musician. You can use it so many different situations, and it does a good job in all of them. Here are some examples of how it can be used, and how it performs in those situations both good and bad.

The differences between this an the L-12 aren't too extreme. They added the ability to send audio as a balanced signal as well as a headphone signal. This is really useful in a live situation. They also added another effects send so you can have reverb and delay. There is also an additional monitor mix and the ability to control the mixer with an iPad.

Practice:

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.

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Rehearsal:

This thing really rules in a low volume rehearsal situation where everyone wants to use headphone. It has 6 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. They also have the ability to control their mixes with the iPad app.

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.

Writing:

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.

Recording:

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.

Live:

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. it has XLR as well as balanced 1/4" outputs for speakers and balanced 1/4" outputs for monitors.

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.

Rehearsals:
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.

Trouble spots:

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 gate.

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.

Very clean digital transfer,,,great compressors ,,, BUT NO MANUAL,,,got to download it,,,,let's change that, NEW equipment you should get the manual.
I decided to try the Zoom Livetrack L-20 after researching different digital mixers. The board does not disappoint. It is lightweight, making mobility easy. The mic pre's are some of the cleanest I've heard and putting a compressor on each channel was a smart design. The board is easy to work around and it allows you to save up to 9 scenes. Onboard effects are really great and I love the fact it has 6 monitor sends. My band uses the board for live shows and recording our gigs. I have not used it as a DAW interface yet but that will be in the near future. I highly recommend this board

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