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Recording multiple tracks at the same time.

I'm using two overhead mics to record my bands session. I assign the first chan, it works, no problem. when i assign the second it works and appears to be working but when i play it back i only get chan 1 in one side of the headphones? I should be able to assign all 8 inputs at once correct? As if i were recording a drum kit, snare, kick, tom, tom, fl tom, hi-hat and two overheads ?

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  • jeffrey_brin May 21, 2009

    Thanks BostonDave (i'm from Boston too, actually Millbury) i'll try it again. Didn't know why i didn't get both channels? Thats how i did it ... I'll try it again, i'm sure it was just me ;~) I ordered the Tascam instructional video, i'm sure that will help too. The 2488 is a kewl piece of equip. just need to get used to it ..... This is a GREAT site !!!! Thank you for your time and help. Jeff

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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.

bd.

Posted on May 20, 2009

  • Dave Hart May 21, 2009

    Hey Jeffrey,



    Best of luck. I have the 2488 video also and its a great and easy way to learn both the basics and many of the more advanced techniques of using your 2488.



    Happy recording.



    bd.

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