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Tascam 2488 Recorder

I have a tascam 2488 recorder. I have the recording down But Now how can I add effects to voice to give it that extra sound.

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Re: Tascam 2488 Recorder

The 2488 has three effects types: “Mic” effects (compression, exciter, de-esser) you use while recording or insert into a channel; multieffects (distortion, amp model, modulation effects, delay, wah, etc.); and an internal send effect (reverb, delay, chorus, pitch shift, flanger, phaser, and gated reverb).

To add effects to an already recorded track you can assign the effect using the internal send loop for the channel and then bounce the track to print a copy of the track with the effect applied.

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Re: Tascam 2488 Recorder

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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Also the tuner does not come up on my 2488

Re: Tascam 2488Hold down the 'SHIFT' button, and press the 'Tuner' button to get the tuner on screen. Press 'Home' to exit the tuner

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Using effects

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Mar 01, 2011 | 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?

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

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Recently purchased the Tascam 2488 Neo Digital/Microphone Effects

Assuming you have your mic plugged in properly and all is working well save for this one issue, do as follows: press the SELECT button on the track/channel which has the mic on it. Then press the SEND button over to the right of all the tracks. The button is right under the EQ button. After you press the SEND button, a screen opens up and you can send reverb to that channel/ much as you want. I hope this helps.

Feb 17, 2010 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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No effects

Internal effects, press 'SELECT' then press 'SEND' then, depending on which type of effect you want, press 'SINGLE' or 'MULTIPLE' & scroll up or down.

May 17, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Vocal effects on Tascam 2488 MK 2 portable studio

Hi again,

The easiest way to record using an external Lexicon effects unit (without an external mixer) is to connect your mic onto one of the 2488's inputs and assign that input to a channel strip (track). You should have the 2488 sends (output) going to the Lexicon's inputs. Then connect the Lexicon outputs back into another set of inputs on your 2488 and assign those inputs to two empty channel strips (tracks).

Then you will have to take that channel that has your mic input assigned to it and press send and set the levels there to send the signal out the sends (to the Lexicon).
Now you have a channel strip assigned to the mic input which contains your dry signal, and you have the two inputs returning from the Lexicon which contains your wet or effected signal.
You then have some options. You can control the amount of effected signal you hear while recording by adjusting the faders of the two wet tracks and you can either record the dry signal or the wet signal (or both) onto separate tracks.

Typically when recording the singer will want to hear an effect (say reverb) on his voice, but the engineer wants to record only the dry track at recording time (because effects can always be added later, but they can't be taken out). To accomplish this you would use the setup above, but only arm the mic input track for recording. In this way the singer hears the reverb, but only the dry vocals get recorded and the engineer can add reverb to that track again later as desired (and mix it back with the dry vocal etc).

On the other hand if you want to record only the effected signal you would simply arm the two channels to which the inputs coming back from your Lexicon are assigned for recording. This will get you a recording of the effected signal only.
Hope this helps you do what you are trying to do.



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

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Is there any way to record Tascam 2488 Multieffects directly to the hard drive when I record? When I change tracks during playback, the previous effect that I used disappears...Please help???

Yes. Rather than pressing the track SELECT button to assign the effect, press one of the SOURCE buttons to the left of the EFFECTS. This will record the effect HARD to the track as oopposed to SOFT. SOFT being that the effect will NOT be recorded whereas HARD means it IS recorded and will be there anytime you play the track. NOTE: Just make sure that's the effect you want as it is then part of the track.

Aug 21, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I can't figure out how to record on 8 tracks at the same time.

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