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1/4 input jacks for guitars

On my 1/4 input for the guitar on the 2488mkll portastudio it will not plug in my dean markley pick up jack that I use for my acoustic I tried to plug in my monster cable cord that i use for my bass with no luck it barely fits inside the hole made for guitars and basses.Do I have a defected input on my 2488mkll? c

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  • crammottt Sep 17, 2008

    I got off the phone with tascam they said any 1/4 jack should work and that this is a defective input!!!

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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)

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Yamaha Mg12-4fx 12-Channel Mixer


ok look here on page 21 & 22 of 32 http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/pdf/pa/english/mixers/mg12_4fxe.pdf

section #5," ST output"
the "st out" will go to the amp you have for the mixed sounds

section #1, "line or mic input"
this is the input for the guitar or a mic , but only one(mic or line ) per input # at a time

Mar 31, 2009 | Yamaha Mg12-4fx 12-Channel Mixer with...

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Guitar


Hi,

Things to check.

I'm assuming you are using the Hi-z input on the front of the 2488 to line-in your guitar. That input equates to the H input of the 2488 (you can use the front Hi-Z or the normal 1/4 inch input on the back as the H input). Therefore you need to turn up the H input trim pot to hear your guitar coming through. You should see the meters for the main stereo bus moving as signal is coming in. That means your signal is getting into the 2488 but it won't be assigned to any track until you assign input H to a track. Once you assign the input to a track and press the rec button for that track (to arm it for recording) you'll see the meters registering both on the stereo bus and for the track you have assigned.

If you've turned up the H input trim knob and still don't get any sound, insure that the volume knob on the guitar is turned up as well.

If that fails too I would try jiggling or using a different guitar wire.

Good luck.

bd.

Jan 09, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Guitar effects often disappear after recording


Hi Danny,

You seem to be aware already that the multi-effect acts like a traditional 'insert effect' on a mixer and as such can only be applied to one track/channel at a time (multiple effects / single channel). The problem you're asking about seems to be that the effect is not 'printing' during the recording of your track. Obviously the effect can't 'go away' after recording so it would appear that your guitar effect isn't being recorded (only monitored) when the track is being laid down.

My initial guess here would be that while recording you've been assigning the multi-effect to a channel vs an input. That would explain the effect being audible while monitoring, but the input still being recorded dry even though the effect is heard through the monitors.

So to get this working the way you expect you'd want to insure that you are indeed assigning the multi-effect to input from which your guitar is coming, rather than the track on which it is getting recorded.

Having said that, actually recording dry (like you are doing) and then applying the multi-effect to a new track via a 'bounce' is the way a lot of people (myself included) choose to accomplish this anyway. That way you preserve a dry track and can go back and 'redo' the effect (or choose a different effect instead) later on. It does however introduce another step and use up another virtual track (but the 2488 has 250 of them available which si a big reason the 2488 is so competitive).

Hope this helps.

bd.

Nov 30, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Plugging in keyboard


MIDI only carries digital information, not audio. Midi is used to communicate patch settings and note value information. If you want the recording to know the note value, then you should use midi. This is useful if you want to do things like adding rythm tracks, etc.

If your keyboard has audio/line out (as opposed to headphone out), use that, as it is matched much better in impedance. If it doesn't have audio/line out, then you can use the headphone jack, but you will have to turn the attenuation way down because the headphone jack impedance is much higher. This will tend to distort on the recording if you are not careful.

The first thing to know about digital recording is that distortion is much more of a problem. I won't get into the theory of this, just know that impedance mismatching is more of a problem with digital.

Sep 08, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam DP-02cf


You've got two inputs on the DP-02 so you can record two sources at once.

Depending on how you want the electric guitar recorded (mic the amp, or direct line in) you can in the first case plug your guitar mic into one of the mic inputs on DP02 and plug your vocal mic into the other mic input. You also have the option of plugging the guitar directly into the DP02 (using the hi-z input - I believe it is labelled 'guitar' or something on the DP02. I any event I believe it's the one on the left). This way you only need one mic for use recording the vocal part.

To avoid any 'bleed' between channels you can use the headphones while recording this way and you'll avoid having the unamplified guitar sound coming through over the vocal mic.

Once you have the mics or guitar and mic plugged into two inputs, you need to assign the inputs to a channel (track) to record on. You do this by pressing the select button for the input and then pressing the select button for the track where you want to record the input. Do this for both inputs so that they are recording on different tracks. Then arm the tracks for recording by pressing the record button for each track and the lighted buttons will flash above each armed track. Then just press play and record and you'll be recording. You can go back and redo it as many times as you like and record over what is there, or preserve a take and assign a new track (or tracks) for another take. You've got 8 to play with.

Hope this helps.

bd.

Sep 01, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Vocal mic


You can plug a mic into the front H input on the 2488, but depending on the type of mic you may get a weak signal. The typical voice mic is low-Z (low impedence) and the instrument input (H) on the front of the 2488 is High-Z. A high-Z input is expecting the relatively higher voltage put out by a high-Z mic (or passive guitar pickup). On the other hand there are high-Z mics out there and most computer mics are high-Z. These produce the voltage that a high-Z input is expecting.

If however your mic is low-Z you will get a weak signal on the high-Z (front H) input on the 2488. You should in this case connect an impedance matching adapter between the mic and the input. It steps up the voltage of the mic, giving it a stronger signal.

To tell what impedence (Z) you mic is use the following to match the rated ohms on your mic with the impedence:

low-Z = 150-300 ohms
medium-Z = 600-2000 ohms
high-Z = 10,000 ohms or more

If you already have a high-Z mic you can plug it into the front H input directly. For a high-Z mic plugging it into any of the other low Z inputs on the back will produce a distorted signal.

Hope this helps.

bd.

Aug 19, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam 2488mkll echo


I just bought a 2488mkll .I have a keyboard. On my old portastudio
I had to us the headphone output of the keyboard to plug into the portastudio for a signal can I do this with 2488mkll. Also the keyboard has a midi output I'm not familiar with midi cables it's a 5 pin midi can I just plug the midi output of the keyboard into the 2488mkll input or do I need something more?

May 13, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I've just got a tascam dp01cf recorder and i'm having trouble with it, its abit hard to understand what to plugs in were, i'm using a electric guitar,a yamaha magicstomp effect pedal and a amp. also i'm...


Hi,

You have a couple of options with your guitar input. You can either plug your guitar directly into the right (Hi-Z) input and use the Tascam's onboard effects with it instead of your effect pedal.

You can put your pedal in the chain between your guitar and the (Hi-Z) input. So guitar into pedal is, pedal out into Tascam Hi-z in. (Still doesn't use the amp).

Or my preferred method for recording guitar would be to mic the amp. In that case you'd just input a microphone (placed about 8-12 inches from your amp) and record your guitar that way. The mic would be plugged into either one of the Tascams two mic inputs to record the amps speaker output while your guitar, pedal and amp would just be hooked up in the normal way.

Please note: Never plug the output from an amp into any of the Tascams inputs. Those inputs are line-level and the speaker output level which comes out of an amp out would damage your Tascam.


To get a backing song into a track in your Tascam, you'll have to first, using a PC, get the song into a 16 bit mono Wav file format. Then you'll have to use the USB import function to copy that wav file onto your Tascam onto the CF media cards fat partition. From the you'll be able to import it into the Tascam choosing which track it will import into.

Cheers,

BD

Apr 17, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Using the effects on the 2488 mk 11 for vocals


Use a single effect vice a multi effect and assign it to the channel vice the input and that should get you going. I'm sure you could just set the effect to the input and not the channel but this works for me. If your tracking your instruments/tracks to different channels, and you should be, then assigining the effect to the channel wont hurt you.

Apr 05, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Sonic maximizer


To use the maximizer as a send effect, connect the effect send (1 or 2) to the input on your maximizer, then connect the output from your maximizer back into any input A thru G on your 2488. You then assign the track you want to maximize to the correct send (1 or 2) using the send key and then assign the input to a track to record to.

To use a maximizer as an input effect (assuming guitar) simply plug yoiur guitar into the maximizer and then patch the maximizer to input H (Hi Z input of the front panel of the 2488). Assign input H to a track to record and this will record the maximized input signal.

Jan 03, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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