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Old 2 weeks ago
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Zoom LiveTrak with high-end external preamps

I love, love, love the feature set of the Zoom L-20 for DAW recording @ 44.1K, but I also love good audio. To that end, I wonder if anyone has any experiences of sending great preamps (Neve, Millennia, API, True Systems, etc.) into the 1/4" balanced (TRS) inputs of the board. If so, what did you think?
Old 2 weeks ago
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Back when I had a Zoom R16, I usually fed it with a Grace 801. The recordings received very good reviews. This wouldn't have been possible with the old H2, which didn't accept line level, but the R16 did fine.

Watch your gain, watch your meters, and you should be OK. Use watcha got and add what you can!

Good luck and post some samples!
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Note that the dedicated line inputs on channels 17-20 are unbalanced, and that you need to sacrifice a pair of them for DAW recording if you want to hear what's coming back from the computer. But you can run line ins to channels 1-16 just fine.

That said, the L-20 mic preamps are very good IMO. Certainly a world apart from those of the R16.
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