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2488 to pro tools

I want to set up a 24 track tascam to record, play back etc in sync with pro tools

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Re: 2488 to pro tools

There is no way to 'sync' with protools from the 2488. In order to use your 2488 tracks in protools you have to first export your tracks as wav files and move them to your computer via usb and then import them into protools.

To get Protools files into your Tascam 2488 you'll have to export your Protools files into mono wav files first. They must also have a sampling rate of 44.1KHz and can be either 16 or 24 bit. Then load these files into your 2488 via usb and import them into tracks on the 2488.

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Cant hear audio on tascam 2488i brand new to using it but i do understand how to record a track on my display screen i can see the audio i recorded but no sound what so ever i have my headphones plugged up...


Tascam Digital recording is an effective solution for broadcast-quality home recordings. The Tascam 2488 is a user-friendly tool and useful for home recording situations, especially when writing songs or cutting demos. It even has bus compression and processing for your final mix to give it that "mastered" feel. There are other recorders as well.

  1. Learn your gear. The Tascam 2488 DAW offers 24 discrete channels that can be recorded at up to 24-bit resolution. 16 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, via eight XLR balanced inputs and eith 1/4-inch unbalanced inputs. There are several high-quality built-in effects, such as reverb, delay, modulation, compression and a great tool for guitarists: amp and effect modeling. So you can simply plug directly into the console and get live amp tones.
  2. Record or program the rhythm tracks. Most Tascam products offer a large library of built-in drum loops to construct rhythm tracks, so you don't even need live drums just to get a song down. You can designate the tempo of your song from the transport located on the right side of the console; this is where you would use a variety of buttons to make edits, undo or redo and automate punch-ins
  3. Record your base rhythm instrument. Let's say a rhythm guitar. There is a dedicated guitar input located on the front of the console, and once you're plugged in you can use the aforementioned amp modeling features to dial up a sound.
  4. Record the remaining track or tracks. This could include bass, vocals, keyboards, horns or any other instrument. The process is always the same. Arm the track you wish to record on, hold in record and hit play, and the machine begins to record whatever you are playing. When you're done, hit stop. If you want to undo what you recorded, simply hit the undo button.
  5. Repeat these steps on any other instrument you want to record. Plug a microphone into one of the first eight XLR inputs, the first 4 of which have phantom power for studio condenser microphones, arm a track and record.

  • If you need to punch-in a section, you can automate it by dialing up the time in the song you wish to replace using the auto punch function. When you enable this and choose the time in the song you wish to record over, once you hit record and play it'll start the track a few seconds before where it begins the punch-in and it will only go into record when it reaches the designated time stamp.
Do not rush. Proper recording takes time and patience.

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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.

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Having problems recording and playing back tascam dc-02 cf

I'm assuming you are plugging the left and right outputs from the karaoke machine into input A and B of the Tascam to record the stereo output of the Karioke. The Tascam works with mono only (you recreate the stereo mix at mixdown or when bouncing mono tracks together with the panning set). Therefore you should be assigning inputs A and B separately. You could press assign A and then the record button above track 1 and then press assign B and the record button above track 2. Then arm tracks 1 and 2 (by pressing record above each). When you then press play and record together you'll record input A onto track 1 and input B onto track 2.

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You'd plug the XLR connection into any of the first four inputs on the 2488 (labelled a to d). This is a dynamic mic so you don't need phantom power and should make sure your phantom power switch is off (out) on the 2488. You'd then assign the input you've chosen to a track, arm the track for recording, turn up the input level for that input to test the signal level, and record away by pressing record and play together.

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Tracks 13/14 etc...

As far as I'm aware there is no way to record to just one of the stereo paired tracks (channels) on the 2488. There are individual mono tracks underneath those channels, but they are controlled with one fader and can only be recorded to in stereo. They are designed to be used for recording stereo sources and stereo bounces. You can however record to any of tracks 1 to 12 and then move (assign) that track to say track (channel) 13 or you can clone any single track to any other track (channel).

The term track can be misleading on the 2488. It might be easier to refer to the 1-24 fader controlled 'tracks' on the 2488 as 'channel strips' and refer to each of the 250 virtual 'tracks' on the 2488 as 'tracks'. You can assign any of the 250 virtual tracks on the 2488 to any of the channel strips. So you have 250 tracks available, but can only work with 24 of them at a time. The stereo pairs just offer some extra convenience when working in stereo. They allow you to control the volume of two tracks with one fader making working with stereo easier.

Channels 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 4 and 6, ...11 and 12 can also be linked as stereo pairs and will be controlled with the fader of the odd numbered (first) track when linked.



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From your description it sounds like you recorded the midi drum patterns to a track first and then playback from that track is giving you problems. If this is the case it sounds a lot like a bug that existed in the firmware prior to release 1.02 where edits could cause gaps on tracks. You can check your firmware version on bootup and if you don't have version 1.02 installed you can get the firware and instrustion on how to upgrade it here:;8,16,5,19.html

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You can get to the quick start guide here.

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if the multitrack doesnt have built in effects you need to but an extrenal vocal effects processor that you can wire up to it. try lexicon products, they offer really good realistic vocal effects rack units.

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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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