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Tascam 2488 will not reload a 2 cd back-up. A friend of mine downloaded his master and sent me the master cds. It spanned two CDs. However, when I tried to upload to the sam tascam 2488 model, my 2488 is unable to complete the upload process and ends the session. My associate and I have the same tascam 2488 model. (not the MKII).

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Re: Tascam 2488 will not reload a 2 cd back-up. A friend...

Have you tried loading it to your pc, then connect via the 2488 usb and try to retrieve it that way.

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How to download from the Tascam 788 to the CD Burner?

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Feb 04, 2011 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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On my tascam 2488 neo, ive recorded a song that is 2min16sec. i set my in at zero and out at 2min23. i hit mixdown and then try to hit play and record and the record button will not light up or actually...

I think if you had the manual you would know the answer to the last question.

Tracks must be a minimum of 4 seconds long (page 118)

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Jan 28, 2011 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I can't import midi files

There shouldn't be any compatibility problems, especially since you can transfer files one way already. You might want to make sure any wav files you are trying to import to tracks on the 2488 are saved as 'mono' waves rather than 'stereo'. The 2488 won't import a stereo wav file.

Another problem sould be naming. Try to stick to the old dos 8.3 naming standard ( for any files which you wish to import.

Hope this helps.


Dec 24, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Overall volume when burned to disc is too low

This is a pretty common complaint and not unique to the 2488. The basic idea is that commercial CDs get their superior volume levels through the use of lots of compression which occurs throughout the mixing and mastering process. There are lots of schools of thought on how and when to apply compression during the production of recordings and the only real way to learn is to read up on compression and then to experiment.

Having said that, volume can also be increased by normalizing but many people don't consider that to be a completely legitimate way to increase dynamics and it does require working with wav files on a PC as opposed to the 2488.

I use a combination of external compressors, software applications, and the 2488 onboard compression effects when mixing/mastering (but mostly ouboard compressors). I usually don't burn CDs from the 2488 and choose to instead tweak the final mixes from the 2488 on my PC using various programs which gives me better control over various parameters (such as applying normalization to all tracks at once).

So the short answer is that there a lots of different ways to get there but basically when the dynamic range or your recorded material is large, the main volume of a track is going to sound lower because the parts with the highest levels (peaks) are going to need to fit in the -0 db area in order not to clip. When compression is applied the dynamic range is squashed down so that the peaks are brought more in line with the audio level which makes up the main portion of the track (in the middle of the dynamic range). This then allows the overall levels to be brought up higher without the peaks clipping. This is called downward compression.

Compressors can also be used to bring up the levels of low volume sounds without affecting the middle and higher level audio. This is called upward compression and also compresses the dynamic range in order to raise the volume of lower levels audio. This is called upward compression.

So when compressing and then boosting the main levels, the noise floor can come up with it. That is why gating is also commonly used along with compression and most outboard compressors are gates as well.

Hope this helps.


Nov 10, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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TASCAM 2448 xp drivers

I have a tascam 2488mk11 whit no driver cd also .Tascam is pulling a scam

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

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Uploading audio instumentals into the Tascam 2488 II

You can get to the quick start guide here.

There is quite a bit to learn to get to the proficient point with this unit. Most of it involves the operator learning the software

Feb 11, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam 2488 SDRAM error


I had the same problem. I sent it back to my place of purchase and they sent it to an authorised Tascam repairer. Unfortunately they sent it back twice saying it was fixed when it wasn't. They then decided it needed a ne main board which was going to cost $800 AUS, excluding any labour to install it. In the end I got angry and went straight to the TASCAM distributor and told them my problem and that it was unnaceptable that such an expensive unit needs a new main board in such a short space of time. To my surprise they came back and agreed to replce the main board for fee and the service repair centre did not charge me either. DON'T pay for this. It is obviously some problem with the unit. RING TASCAM in your area or the authorised distributor.

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Jan 28, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Don't know how to Pre-Master or Burn to CD, please help me!

Don Q -

This answer assumes you have the 2488 mkI and not the newer mkII because the process may differ slightly on the mkII.

To premaster you first have to set an out point for the end of your pre-master (the start point is always zero). Go to the 'Audio CD' menu item and choose 'pre-master' under that. You'll see the word 'mastering' appear in the top left of the screen to let you know you've entered mastering mode. Make sure you have the tracks unmuted that you want to mix into the pre-master and have all of your eq, panning, etc set the way you want. Then hit record and play. The pre-master records to a stereo pair of dedicated internal tracks. You can redo the premaster as many times as you like which will overwrite those internal premaster tracks. You can clone the premastered tracks to a stereo pair of tracks, export them as waves or burn them to a CDR.

fnawesomewes - You have to press record and play to record your premaster.

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