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Second Mixing Link, or Zoom L-12?
I have a kind of dual setup at home. I have my regular guitar pedalboard plugged into an amp. The last pedal on that board is an Eventide MixingLink, which is used to send line level output from the pedalboard down a balanced XLR cable to my desk, on the other side of the room.
On that desk is a Zoom R8, which is hooked up to monitor speakers, and also sometimes to an iPad, for recording etc. the nice thing about the R8 is that it can work as a USB interface to the iPad, but also as a standalone mixer. This means I can leave the loud valve amp switched off, and go through the monitors, or headphones.
However, when I use the Zoom, I like to use it with the Joyo American Sound amp sim (I don’t like the Zoom’s built-in amp sims). This means a lot of unplugging stuff, and it gets even worse when I add in other pedals on the desk, like a Trio+. I also can’t plug the line-level XLR into those pedals. Here’s the current setup.
The R8 has no effects loop, so I was thinking I could either:
Add another MixingLink on the desk. This would accept the XLR, and then I would hook it up to the Zoom’s input. Then, I can use the MixingLink’s own effects loop to add any other effects I like.
Replace the R8 with the Zoom L-12, which is a bigger version of the R8. It has more inputs , and I think I can use its headphone mixes as effect sends, and then bring the effected signal back into one of the regular channel inputs.
The advantage of the MixingLink is that it’s half the price, and way smaller. The L-12 is huge, in comparison, and the hardware effects send is a bit of a kludge for a function I definitely need.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Or experience with similar setups? Has anyone used their L-12 with external effects?