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Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Is an All-In-One Mixer and Recorder

Zoom LiveTrak L12Recording a multitrack live session, monitoring that session, and mixing it usually requires a bunch of different pieces of gear to get the job done. That’s certainly nothing new and it’s not even that bad if you’ve got a dedicated studio space available when you need it. But it’s not always possible to get access to that perfect combination of dedicated recording space stocked with the right equipment. In those cases, clever producers rely on creative improvisations that might be good enough. But it never hurts, especially in these instances, to be able to simplify things as much as possible.

That’s where the new Zoom LiveTrak L-12 comes in:

With the LiveTrak L-12, you can finally mix, record, and monitor with a single piece of gear. It’s the only digital console that lets you mix your live performance and record up to 12 discrete channels – all while providing five individual custom headphone mixes.

Some highlights of the LiveTrak L-12:

  • 12 discrete channels (eight mono plus two stereo)
  • 3-band mid-parametric EQ and 16 built-in send effects for each channel
  • Mono channels have dedicated compressors
  • 12-segment LED metering
  • 5 monitor outputs provide unique mixes, so every performer can create and save a mix that’s tailored to their preferences
  • Save up to nine different scenes and recall custom settings automatically
  • Use the built-in slate mic to record comments or talk-back
  • Program the built-in metronome to your desired tempo
  • 14-in/4-out USB audio interface with flexible routing options

The Zoom LiveTrak L-12 is available for preorder now and retails for $599. The device is expected to ship next month.


Take Control of Field Recordings with Zoom F-Control

Zoom F ControlZoom has been a leader in portable audio recording technology for over a decade. The company’s H series of recorders are particularly popular with podcasters and journalists. For remote productions that require more than what the H series can provide, Zoom has developed the F series, specifically the F8 and the F4. These devices provide a level of flexibility that can be extremely useful to those creating multitrack audio. Now, Zoom is taking its F series to a new level with the upcoming F-Control.

The name says it all when it comes to F-Control. This device isn’t a recorder itself. Instead, it’s a control surface that makes producing audio with either the F8 or the F4 much more fluid and dynamic. The F-Control provides a bank of sliders for controlling audio levels, along with other tactic controls that make it easier to handle the audio coming into an F series device:

F-Control works intuitively with the F8 and F4 to give you additional mastery over sound design and mixing, as well as broaden your creative possibilities. It connects to your F8 or F4 with a single USB cable, so you can keep your setup clutter-free and be ready to record in seconds.

F-Control makes recording and mixing easy with nine 60 mm faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming. Monitoring channel and output levels is simple with 12-segment LED meters, three user-programmable buttons, and a dedicated time code button.

To learn more about F-Control, click the link above. The device is currently available for preorder thru many online vendors, usually for $349.00.

Zoom U-24 Is a Streamlined Portable Recording Interface

Zoom U-24Zoom is an audio-equipment manufacturer best known for its portable recorders. Its H2, H4n, H5, and H6 Handy Recorders are widely cited as some of the best devices for remote gathering of audio. While Zoom’s recorders are designed to be all-in-one products, with microphones and recording capabilities built-in, Zoom’s newest product, the U-24 is a portable, high-quality audio interface.

Zoom is billing the U-24 as the “go-everywhere interface:”

The bus-powered U-24 packs all the essential tools into a compact form factor that fits in the palm of your hand. Record with mics, instruments, and more at home or on the go—the U-24 is iPad compatible and small enough to take anywhere. It can even run on just two AA batteries for recording in the most remote locations.

Here are some technical details:

  • Two combo microphone/instrument jacks, featuring a Hi-Z switch and 48v phantom power
  • Two sets of stereo line-out RCA jacks for connecting to external recorders or other gear
  • One set of 1/4″ main line-out jacks for connecting to audio monitors
  • One 1/4″ headphone jack with independent volume and balance controls
  • Mute controls for each input channel
  • USB and MIDI I/O jacks
  • Bus powered, battery powered, or powered via optional A/C adapter
  • Connect to iPad with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring

The Zoom U-24 is currently available for $150 at most musical instrument and audio equipment vendors. For more information on the device, click the link at the top of this post.

ZOOM Featured Its ARQ Aero RhythmTrak at SXSW

ZOOM ARQ Aero RhythmTrakZOOM produces a wide array of recording devices, including a line of portable “handy” recorders as well as multi-effects processors, effects pedals, drum machines and samplers. Over the past 30 years, ZOOM has established a solid reputation as a manufacturer of innovative yet affordable products which are based on original microchip designs. They featured their new ARQ Aero RhythmTrak at SXSW.

The ZOOM ARQ Aero RhythmTrak is an all-in-one production and live performance instrument which includes an integrated drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. With its wireless Bluetooth Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd.

The ARQ Aero RhythmTrak consists of two components – the Base Station (AR-96) and the detachable Ring Controller (AR-96c).

The Base Station houses 468 drum/instrument sounds (“one-shot” sampled waveform sounds), 70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital effects. Dual 1/4” line-level audio inputs enable phrase recording and looping. There are also stereo 1/4” line-level outputs, as well as a dedicated 1/4” headphone jack with its own volume control.

A USB port allows connection to your computer. An SD card slot lets you save patterns and loops, import prerecorded audio, and update firmware.

The detatchable Ring Controller communicates with the Base Station, as well as DAWs, via wireless Bluetooth. It offers 96 velocity-and pressure-sensitive pads for clip launching and playing drum sounds, instrument sounds, and sequences. Phrases and sounds can be played chromatically, or you can choose from dozens of preset scales in any way.

Its unique Grip Detection automatically prevents accidental triggering of the pads under your hand. There are dedicated buttons at the top and bottom of the Ring for REC/PLAY/STOP, as well as Filter/Delay/Reverb/MASTER FX on/off. An onboard 3-axis accelerometer generates MIDI control messages to alter sounds and effects in real time. Its internal Lithium-Ion battery automatically charges when the Ring is placed on the Base Station.

The ZOOM ARQ RhythmTrak comes with a Base Station, a Ring Controller, an AC adapter and an Operation Manual. It will be in stores in June of 2016.