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Tascam 488 MKII

I am a TV rpair hobbyist who has a 'musician' friend that presented me with this Tascam 488 MKII (not the 2488) that he thinks is not working. Personally not knowing exactly what the machine is supposed to do or how to do it would help if I could procure a copy operating/owners' manual. Maybe its not malfunctioning at all. But if it is I I also wonder if anyone would have copies of schematics for the same. I did write to TEAC but had no response. Any ideas?

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How do i load a song from a cd onto tascam 2488 mkII?

Although I was a factory authorized service center for Teac and Tascam, this is a much later product than I'm familiar with; no problem however.
If you have your owner's manual, the procedure will be listed there. If you no longer have the manual, just Google Teac, in Montebello, CA. I'm quite sure it will be our their website.

Jun 12, 2014 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Hi im new to using the effect send on my tascam 2488 neo. How do i set the connections? how dose it work?

I think if you had the manual you would know the answers.

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Jan 05, 2011 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam 2488 locked up/frozen

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.

Bill H

Mar 24, 2009 | 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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Tascam 2488 Portastudio screen.

You could add an HGR monitor interface module to display the 2488 on a PC monitor.


That way you don't need to look at a damaged display and the 2488 (MK1, MKII and NEO) work just like before.

Aug 31, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam 2488

In the monitor section on the 2488 console (upper right) make sure your monitoring source is set to 'stereo'. Then make sure your 'monitor level' control is turned up. The 'stereo' fader (sub mix fader on the MKI, stereo fader on the MKII).

Dec 26, 2007 | 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.

Dec 07, 2007 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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