20 Most Recent Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder System - Page 9 Questions & Answers

If it has powered up and detected the hard disc but is froze on the "Home" menu screen, you have internal problems beyond ordinary consumer repair. Hopefully you backed up your song files to disc. Like any computer hard drive if you did not back up your song files you will loose all recordings when the technician repairs your 2488.
Good Luck!

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 30, 2009

Spoke to tascam directly, I couldn't see paying for something that I could solve by picking up the phone. Thanks anyway for the offer, best of luck in your business.
Tim Giardina

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 30, 2009


The firmware upgrade does not contain the demo song.

Although Tascam has never released any official information that I'm aware of on what is fixed in the 1.01 and 1.02 upgrades, the general knowledge on that is as follows:

1.01 fixed a problem with exporting previously edited tracks to wav files in which there would be gaps in the tracks where edits had been done. There was a work around for this which involved first bouncing the edited track and then exporting the bounced track instead of the one had the first generation edits.

1.02 is said to have addressed some issues with fader dropout (faders would jump around at the bottom of their range rather than operate smoothly). Also a problem with the midi clock which caused some issues when trying to do a midi sync or to slave a device have been reported. I've also heard that some users contend that copying songs is faster with 1.02 than it was using 1.01.

I'm not aware of any other fixes or ehnacements. The 1.01 fixes were documented and were supposed to affect all units.

I've have heard that the fader problems fixed by version 1.02 were 'real' and one would notice the difference after upgrading. I've never used any firmware other than 1.02 with mine so I have not encountered these reported problems first hand.



Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 27, 2009

simply push the "no/exit button" once

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Aug 27, 2009

nope....if you go to your local music store they should have an adapter for your situation.....it will cost approx. $10-$20 (depending on the company)

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jul 05, 2009


You should always work in wav format if possible because there is a loss of quality with mp3 which is a compression format in which bits are lost in order to compress the file size.

There are a number of wav editors available which will allow you to load a stereo wav and then save it as a mono wav. The free one I use is called Audacity.

When working with FL or Reason I will sometimes import files to the Tascam, or I will take the outputs from my PCs sound card and line them into the tacams inputs and record them live. I only tend to do this with programs (like synths) where I am using an external midi keyboard and can play live what I want to record.

With basic drum pattern tracks I'll usually create them on the PC, save as wav, convert to mono, and then import to a track on the Tascam.

hope this helps.


Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 25, 2009

Congratulations on your first recording! Mastering and pre-mastering is covered in much more detail in the manual (page 59 in the original 2488 manual) but I'll provide a brief explanation here for you.

First you need to enter pre-mastering mode. Do this by navigating through the menus to the 'audio CD' menu and then choose 'pre-master'. You'll see the word 'Mastering' appear in the LCD screen to indicate you are in mastering mode.

Basically you need to then set the 'out point'. The 'in point' is always 00:00:00.00. So just play your recorded song to the end (or where you want the master to end) and press 'shift' and 'set out' to set the out point there. A master has to be at least 4 seconds long which is whay you are getting that error message.

Next press record and play and the master will be recorded on two internal stereo mastering tracks (left and right). Master recording will automatically stop at the 'out point'. You can redo the master, undo a master, or copy the master tracks to any other two available tracks to preserve a copy and then go ahead and record another master. All effects, mixer settings, and fader movements are recorded as part of your master.

Best of luck.

Hope this helps.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 18, 2009

Usual suspect is a faulty power adapter which is failing to provide enough power for the drive to spin up to speed. Try another adapter with the same ratings.


Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 16, 2009

Here is a link I found that took me to an owners manual for your device.


Hope this helps :D

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 06, 2009

No the neo does not have the built-in drum patterns/drum machine like the origial grey 2488 did. It was abandoned for the 2488 MkII which was the intermediate model and hasn't reappeared. I create drum patterns either using an external machine recorded in real time to a track on the my 2488 or create a drum pattern on the PC which I save as a mono wav and import to a track on the 2488.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 03, 2009

There is a DVD vidio manual that I found to help greatly. It is available from most large music stores. Sweetwater.com as example.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 03, 2009

Internal effects, press 'SELECT' then press 'SEND' then, depending on which type of effect you want, press 'SINGLE' or 'MULTIPLE' & scroll up or down.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Jun 02, 2009

A copy of the user manual for your equipment is available here on fixya. Please visit http://www.fixya.com/support/p172658-tascam_2488_portastudio_multitrack/manual-18633

Hope this helps!

Tascam 2488... | Answered on May 22, 2009

Yes you certainly can record the 8 inputs onto 8 tracks simultaneously. You will need to make sure you are assigning each input to each track individually by first pressing the input button for an input and then pressing the select button for a track. Do this for each input/track and then make sure all of the 8 tracks you want to record to are armed for recording (the red rec buttons above each should be lit) before pressing record and play together.

You might want to insure that no tracks are linked (you can see this by pressing an input and observing which tracks have their 'select' button flashing). If 2 adjacent ones are flashing for the same input simply unassign one of them by pressing the 'select' button above that track. Then you'll be free to assign the next input to that track as above.

Best of luck.


Tascam 2488... | Answered on May 21, 2009

For wav files to be imported to the DP2 have to be 'mono' wav files. The DP-02 won't even show stereo waves in the fat area. So make sure you are converting any stereo wav files into mono first. That's usually the problem. They should also be 44.1 khz sampling frequency and 16 bit (I believe the DP-02 will accept a 24-bit wav, but the file will be truncated rather than dithered down to 16 bit while importing which may not be ideal for quality).

Hope this helps,


Tascam 2488... | Answered on May 16, 2009

1. Press the MASTER key so that it flashes
2. Press and hold the RECORD key and press the PLAY key. Recording starts on this stereo master tracks (record and play light are lit).

Make the mix moves (fades, pan, etc.) that you practiced earlier. These mix moves will affect the sound of the final master stereo track. When the playback point reaches the OUT point, recording stops.

3.Press and hold the SHIFT key and press the play (master) key so that it is lit steadily. now when you press play (master) you can hear the master stereo mix you have just created this mix is output.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on May 14, 2009

The usual setup would be to use the main outs to your Tascam as the master faders control the levels there. The control room outs are more geared towards monitoring and are tied to the headphone outs level control.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on May 01, 2009

You need to select the single track, and then associate to the effect, probably you are sending the whole channel to effect or

1. Press SINGLE to pull up the effect window.
2. Press ENTER in this window to see a list of effect
programs you can choose from. Use the DATA
WHEEL to scroll through the programs and press
ENTER to choose one.
3. Press the SELECT button above one of your
tracks, then press SEND (to the right of the
STEREO fader.)
4. Use the CURSOR buttons to select the Loop
Level and turn the DATA WHEEL to increase
the amount of signal being sent to the effect.
You can also send the channel to Effect 1 and
Effect 2 if you have external effects processors you
can connect to these outputs.

You can also add different effects or multieffect in the same way (eg. flanger-compressor to get an Eddy Van-Halen guitar style).

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Apr 28, 2009

You must first mix down your beat to a .wav in mono (not stereo, or .mp3), from there go to the menu options to import audio from cd.

Tascam 2488... | Answered on Apr 26, 2009

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