20 Most Recent Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder System - Page 2 Questions & Answers

This is just a suggestion - back up the track to a PC using the USB port and reload and reburn on a new disc. Sounds like you may have a bad file and or disc. And by the way you worded this, has this happened before? Make sure the activity light is out and your tracks have been recorded fully before turning the unit off or you will get "end of file" errors.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 03, 2015

Google Tascam 2488 instruction manual.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Nov 30, 2014

If it's coming from where I think it is, not much... In Linux OS (which is free), when it's kernel crashes, it advises the user by "Kernel Panic". Usually these devices are built on a free software base, then whatever routines are needed to support the 'non-standard' hardware on the platform.

Bottom line is that there is either a hardware/software problem. I suggest you find out who makes the device and see if you can get help from them (via the web, "http://tascam.com/product/788/"). The only other approach is to start changing out hardware. You could start with the CD that you are using. Just try to get a 'like' device, which responds to the command that it uses. You can get it's model number and search for replacements.

I don't know what kind of help you will get, since the page at tascam stated it "has been discontinued". It is still a good starting place. With just the product, I found a list of items, such as FAQs and PDF files for it or like items. Might try and find one of these that has the word "panic" in it.

Best of luck.


Tascam 2488... | Answered on Nov 25, 2014

If the button is worn out, it will not trigger the "stop" function. Inner Sound is an authorized Tascam repair facility, you can contact them for more info.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Nov 19, 2014

That part would have to come from Tascam itself. If you would like to inquire about a repair, please contact me through my website at audioserviceclinic.com. Thank you.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Oct 24, 2014

These units have what is known as a Rotary Encoder. They're just like the volume controls on audio equipment, now a days. You can turn it all the way, and it never stops. The pulses from these encoders, are routed to the microprocessor(computer inside your unit). The encoder may be bad, or the microprocessor itself. If you'd like to enquire about repairing your unit, please contact me directly from my website at audioserviceclinic.com. Thank you.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Oct 24, 2014

You could add an HGR monitor interface module to display the 2488 on a PC monitor.


That way you don't need to look at a damaged display and the 2488 (MK1, MKII and NEO) work just like before.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 10, 2014

Check out


They sell a module to install in the tascam. Works really well.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 10, 2014

What kind of noise is it? If it is hum or buzz, then you probably have a ground loop. If it is hiss, then you are picking up noise in the cable, most likely. For ground loops, see: http://www.audioholics.com/home-theater-connection/ground-loops-eliminating-system-hum-and-buzz

As for the cable, the cheap ones with the red and gray plastic ,olded ends can get noisy after awhile as the shielding is rather fragile. Cracling type noises are usually cable related as well.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jul 31, 2014

Are you any good at surface mount circuit board repair? It seems that the caps go bad. Check out this: http://www.thegreatbear.net/audio-transfer/8-track-cassette-capstan-motor-tascam-238-syncaset/

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 13, 2014

Although I was a factory authorized service center for Teac and Tascam, this is a much later product than I'm familiar with; no problem however.
If you have your owner's manual, the procedure will be listed there. If you no longer have the manual, just Google Teac, in Montebello, CA. I'm quite sure it will be our their website.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 13, 2014

device toolbar for input or output device selection.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Apr 30, 2014

Contact Teac/Tascam in Montebello, CA USA.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Feb 10, 2014

Send your email address to me and get back a copy of it by return mail.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Feb 01, 2014

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