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When I try to burn a CD on my TASCAM 788 Portastudio I get message "IN PANIC" at the very end of the process. What can I do?

I have deleted unused portion of songs and rebooted multiple time. I get the error message at the very end of the process, after it has made the image and written to DC. It also will not backup data.

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  • W.L. Nov 25, 2014

    You are using CD-R Disks?

  • B J Driscoll
    B J Driscoll Nov 25, 2014

    Yes I am using CD-R Disks. I've never had a problem before

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If it's coming from where I think it is, not much... In Linux OS (which is free), when it's kernel crashes, it advises the user by "Kernel Panic". Usually these devices are built on a free software base, then whatever routines are needed to support the 'non-standard' hardware on the platform.

Bottom line is that there is either a hardware/software problem. I suggest you find out who makes the device and see if you can get help from them (via the web, "http://tascam.com/product/788/"). The only other approach is to start changing out hardware. You could start with the CD that you are using. Just try to get a 'like' device, which responds to the command that it uses. You can get it's model number and search for replacements.

I don't know what kind of help you will get, since the page at tascam stated it "has been discontinued". It is still a good starting place. With just the product, I found a list of items, such as FAQs and PDF files for it or like items. Might try and find one of these that has the word "panic" in it.

Best of luck.

Jack

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

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SOURCE: 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.

Posted on Jan 03, 2008

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SOURCE: tascam 2488 digital portastudio

Your HD risk to be corrupted, probably need to be removed and tested on a different device, I see if I can find the schematics

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Posted on Mar 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Tascam Portastudio 424 Manual needed

Hi,

Try this page: http://www.tascam.com/products/424mkiii;9,17,141,19.html

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Posted on Apr 25, 2008

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SOURCE: tascam 788

The 788 can be used to play music from a SCSI attached CD-RW drive, but the record (and all other mixing functions) are disabled so you are not able to record the CD output onto a track using the SCSI attached drive.

Your options are:

1.) Rip tracks files from the CD onto you PC as wav files. You'll have rip (or later convert) those files to mono 16 or 24 bit wav files at 44.1kHz, use the old dos 8.3 naming convention for the filenames, and them burn them onto a CD-R or CD-RW as data files which can then be taken and imported into the 788.

2.) Play the CD through with an external CD player or stereo and route the output into an input on the 788. Assign the input to a track and record. Be careful to use a line level output, like an aux out (or try the CD player's outputs directly into the 788) if you are using a stereo. Avoid using a speaker output as the signal from a speaker output will be too strong and can damage the 788.

Hope this helps.

Cheers.

bd.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

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SOURCE: How to download from the Tascam 788 to the CD

Register and download the manual for free at audio.manualsonline.com

Search for "Tascam Portastudio 2488"

http://music.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/tascam/2488neo.html

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Sorry to hear about your problem. A number of things could cause this error to appear including bad sectors on the hard drive (which will require a reformat).

Two things you can check though before getting into replacing or reformatting the drive (which will erase all of your data) are 1) Make sure the power adapter hasn't failed. A bad or incompatible adapter won't provide enough power to the drive when it tries to spin up and could cause this error. You can try a replacement after-market adapter but you'll have to match the specs in the manual. 2) You can open up the 788 and inspect the two wires connecting the disk drive to the motherboard. One is power and the other will be an IDE ribbon cable. If either is loose that could be the cause of your problem.

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