Question about Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder System
This freeze has been happening now periodically for the past couple of weeks however only during this new track I am in the process of finishing. My tascam freezes mainly in the middle of my vocal recording. But it does freeze as well from time to time when just playing back a track. I am recording this vocal on channel 1. A split second just before freezing, the volume, on its own, triples in loudness and stay at that level until it unfreezes. This, perhaps needles-to-say is beginning to give me a conditioned fear of anticipation in all honesty. But regardless of that, the system freezes for either one or two minutes. While it freezes, all the lights on the board go out except the green LED screen and the small red lights on channels 2, 3 & 4(only those channels) that let you know when the instrument the channel is using is too loud. And then after about a minute or so, sometimes just a few seconds, sometimes longer, everything comes back on again and it's back to recording. But then it does it again. Then sometimes after the third time or so, it stays frozen for quite some time, maybe a few hours before returning back to normal again. Sometimes actually all I need to do is gently slap the side of the unit and presto it's back again. I have tried rebooting the system when this happens. When I do, the system reboots straight back to the track I was on without in fact going into "Mixer Check"(which I know from experience can take hours to finish when booting down improperly). But the reboot never fixes the issue. Can anyone help me with this problem? I feel like my system is simply unstable and failing. Is there something I can do to fix it? I'm struggling just to finish this track. Many thanks for your help.
This may be a problem with the Hard Drive not getting enough power to spin up properly so it will cause the system to freezee upm regularly check the AC power adapter if possible replace also you can . download the software update 1.01 from tascam.com, that will improve the performance.hope this helps
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
Have you ever tried to reformat the HD? It can get fragmented over time that slows down HD access, and may not be able to keep up with a steady stream of data being recorded and thus hangs in middle.
Drives could also develop bad spots on the disk surface. Use your recorder's format utility that does a surface scan which usually deallocates any bad sectors from future use.
Also back up the important stuff and reformat the drive first before spending big bucks on a new recorder.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
Hey Greg My Names Mike You Need To Get Everything Off The Machine Save It Now. I Back Up All My Data To Disk For This Exact Reason. You Need To Get It All Off And Reformat The Hardrive Depending On What your Machine Calls It Some Call It Initialize.
But Make Sure You Get All Your Data Backed On Disk Because Doing The Initialize Will Delete Everything And Close Bad Sectors Of The Hard Drive off. Hopefully You Don't Need A New Hard Drive. Most Likely Not, Once You Have Gone Through The Whole Process Put All Your Data Back On And It Shouldnt Freeze Anymore.
I Hope This Helps And If You Have Any Questions What So Ever Let Me Know.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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