I turned off my 2488 after laying down some drum tracks then came back about an hour later and turned it back on. The display would not light up none of the panel lights lit up. I heard the CD burner engage and could hear the hard drive searching for a moment but not the usual start up noises. After about 30-40 seconds I could hear the mics kick in through the headphones. I had no control of any function with the buttons. I tried restarting it several times. At this point I can still hear the CD burner engage when starting I can feel the hard drive spinning but it does not make any searching sounds. I tried two different hard boot as described in this forum but the buttons on the tascam are not working. I reseated all the connections I could get to removing the back cover (warranty long over) and it made no difference.
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Re: Tascam 2488 won't light up or boot.
Sounds like the hard drive may have succumbed to the effects of vibrations during the tracking of the drums and the drives heads are either frozen or damaged. You could try removing the drive and swinging it around to try to free up the heads. Don't use any impact, just kind of swing it like you would a baby. Sounds silly I know, but I've seen IBM techs do this successfully with stuck heads on server hard drives before.
Otherwise you might be looking at a new hard disk which unfortunately could mean losing all of your data. If that is the case, you may be able to get a computer shop to recover the contents of the damaged drive and save it for you.
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I had a similar problem before mine completely crashed. Make sure you back up your data and have a look at the space you have left on each of your three partitions. Try to delete any unused track space before recording again.
You'll need your PC as the intermediary. You'll have to do a USB export of the tracks you want from the DP01 to your PC and then connect the 2488's USB to the PC and do a USB import of those tracks into new tracks on the 2488.
Page 40 of the DP01FX manual will explain using the USB connection and page 43 details the steps for performing a USB export.
In the 2488 NEO manual refer to pages 80 and 81 for using the USB connection and importing the tracks.
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.
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.
This will reinitialize it to the factory settings. All data (music) will be lost.
With the 2488 turned OFF
Simultaneouly, hold down the Quick Routing, Shift, Send and Shut Down buttons.
With all buttons pressed .... turn the 2488 ON.
It shoulld go through the normal boot up screens, including a screen that states ' partitioning drive', etc. When finished it will show ' Factory Settings Reinitialized - Reboot (or something like that) and you are done.
I have the original 2488 as well, and tried everything recommended to address the HDD lockups.
I think I know why Tascam eliminated the Tone Generator (Drums) on the MKII and Neo versions.
Too much for the processor to handle?? Hope this helps.
You'd plug the XLR connection into any of the first four inputs on the 2488 (labelled a to d). This is a dynamic mic so you don't need phantom power and should make sure your phantom power switch is off (out) on the 2488. You'd then assign the input you've chosen to a track, arm the track for recording, turn up the input level for that input to test the signal level, and record away by pressing record and play together.
From your description it sounds like you recorded the midi drum patterns to a track first and then playback from that track is giving you problems. If this is the case it sounds a lot like a bug that existed in the firmware prior to release 1.02 where edits could cause gaps on tracks. You can check your firmware version on bootup and if you don't have version 1.02 installed you can get the firware and instrustion on how to upgrade it here:
There is no way to 'sync' with protools from the 2488. In order to use your 2488 tracks in protools you have to first export your tracks as wav files and move them to your computer via usb and then import them into protools.
To get Protools files into your Tascam 2488 you'll have to export your Protools files into mono wav files first. They must also have a sampling rate of 44.1KHz and can be either 16 or 24 bit. Then load these files into your 2488 via usb and import them into tracks on the 2488.