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How to chouse an out point when u press the pre master?


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Re: How to chouse an out point when u press the pre...

You have to choose your out point before entering premaster mode.

Use the transport keys to get to the point you want to end your mix and press 'shift' and 'set out' (mkI). For the mkII the end point is set by pressing the 'locate' key and the 'out' key.

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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...



Viewing the Self Check Diagnostic List
1. TV must be in standby mode. (Power off).
2. Press the following buttons on the Remote Commander within a second of each other:DISPLAY > Channel 5 > Volume - > TV POWER .
Results for all of the following diagnostic items are displayed on screen. No error has occurred if the screen displays a "0".
NOTE: If the Service Menu display text is not completely visible, press the Menu HOME button on the Remote Commander to refresh the display.
3. To exit Self Check display, turn the power off. Press [Menu] Exit.
Clearing the Self Check Diagnostic List
1. In Service Mode, press the Channel 8 Channel 0 .

RESETTING TO FACTORY DEFAULTSUse the following instructions to restore the User Controls and
Channel Memory settings to the preset factory conditions.1. While holding down the UP ARROW on the Remote Commander, press the POWER button on the right side of the set.The set restarts and displays the initial setup screen. This may take several minutes.
White Balance adjustment
1. Allow approximately 30 minutes for the set to warm up before proceeding with the white balance adjustment.
2. Connect the signal source to the 3 terminals of the Component In input (Y/Pb/Pr).
3. Set the Picture Mode to "VIVID" in the user menu.
4. Select the Component In input.
5. Open the Factory Service Menu (see section 3-1.) and select "Service Alignments Menu".
6. Set "White Point Red", "White Point Green", "White Point Blue" and "Black Level Offset Red", "Black Level Offset
Green", "Black Level Offset Blue" to average values .
"Cool " White Balance Adjustment
1. Select "COOL" from Color Tone in Service Alignments Menu.
2. Input 70IRE full white pattern signal into Component In.
3. Adjust "White Point Red", "White Point Green", "White Point Blue" in Service Alignments Menu if needed.
4. Input 25IRE full white pattern signal into Component In.
5. Adjust "Black Level Offset Red", "Black Level Offset Green", "Black Level Offset Blue" in Service Alignments Menu if needed.
6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 to achieve desired White Balance.


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Jan 16, 2011 | Philips HTS3544/37 Theater System

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Ikeep getting an error message when i go to mixdown/ says that my tracks are too short,change outpoint. How do I change outpoint and to what do i change it to?Song is 4 mins. 23 secs long.

The 2488 requires a start point and end point in order to master down. The start point, by default is zero (the beginning of the song) so you will NOT have to create one, HOWEVER, you MUST provide an end point. The end point is wherever you wish the song to end, so, roll the BIG wheel to the end of the song, then, press LOCATE SET and OUT simultaneously. You have just now marked your out point and thus it will master the whole song. NOTE: If your song is 4:23, then the out point will be/should be a bit longer (a second or two- or even more- that's up to you) than that depending on where the song/music actually begins after the zero mark, therefore, make SURE you roll the BIG wheel enough to encompass the WHOLE SONG. The counter will reflect the time/length as a result of how far you roll the wheel. I hope this helps. One last note, do ALL this at the MIXDOWN prior to MASTERING.

Feb 22, 2010 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I've been exporting master tracks and now I've reached a point where the tascam says, "master track too big". how do I free up space on the FAT partition?

If you NO LONGER NEED the songs/data in the FAT partition, you can delete the entire contents thereof in the manner detailed below. Note that these instructions were taken directly from the Neo manual.

1 With the transport stopped, from the DISK menu, highlight FAT REFORM, and press YES/ENTER.
2 A pop-up message appears.
3 Ask yourself once more if you want to erase all the data on the FAT partition. Press YES/ENTER to continue with the operation when a pop-up appears, or press NO/EXIT to halt the operation.
4 When you reformat the FAT partition, four directories (folders) named WAVE, SMF, BACKUP and UTILITY are automatically created. These folders are used for audio files, Standard MIDI Files (SMF) and backup data and system utilities, respectively.

...this will reformat and thereby EMPTY the contents of the FAT partition and create the 4 new, empty files as listed above.

THINK before you do this though, and I hope this helps.

Feb 07, 2010 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Thia may help as your question seems vague:

To remove time from the front of a recording, MARK IN point at 0 (ZERO)
Then mark the OUT point just before the song starts...this lgt of time is up to you.
Then, EDIT TRK and scroll to CUT then YES

Doing the above will cut out the marked are between the IN and OUT points. Exercise caution when doing this but you can always UNDO.

Hope this helps.

Nov 23, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I finished one our ago my first recording i don't understand how to do to for pre mastering, because i want to do ace and evry time i read track too short, set out point... ?? give me how to do.a

Congratulations on your first recording! Mastering and pre-mastering is covered in much more detail in the manual (page 59 in the original 2488 manual) but I'll provide a brief explanation here for you.

First you need to enter pre-mastering mode. Do this by navigating through the menus to the 'audio CD' menu and then choose 'pre-master'. You'll see the word 'Mastering' appear in the LCD screen to indicate you are in mastering mode.

Basically you need to then set the 'out point'. The 'in point' is always 00:00:00.00. So just play your recorded song to the end (or where you want the master to end) and press 'shift' and 'set out' to set the out point there. A master has to be at least 4 seconds long which is whay you are getting that error message.

Next press record and play and the master will be recorded on two internal stereo mastering tracks (left and right). Master recording will automatically stop at the 'out point'. You can redo the master, undo a master, or copy the master tracks to any other two available tracks to preserve a copy and then go ahead and record another master. All effects, mixer settings, and fader movements are recorded as part of your master.

Best of luck.

Hope this helps.

Jun 15, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I have a 2288 mk11 and I dont get how to set the in and out to edit songs? can you help please

Just use the transport buttons (Play, FF or REW) to navigate to the spot in the song where you'd like to set you IN, OUT or TO point and then with the transport stopped press shift and the corresponding key (either IN, OUT, or TO). You'll see a SET IN (or SET OUT or SET TO) message appear on the screen to show that the point has been set.

These points then apply to all tracks.

When you go to edit you'll be prompted for which track to apply the edit to before you commit the edit. For instance during a COPY edit the 2488 will prompt you for which track to copy from and which track to copy to allowing you to copy a section from between the IN and OUT points to the TO point on the same track, or to copy the section to the TO point on another track.

After setting the IN, OUT or TO point, pressing any of those buttons alone with take you to that point in the song.

You can also edit where the points are set by setting a new one. The last one you set will become the new IN, OUT or TO point.

When mastering (or premastering) the IN point is automatically set to the beginning of the song and you'll have to just set the out point in the same way as described above.

Cheers and hope this helps,


Dec 17, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Lifestyle 48 locked up

Just got off phone with Bose support with this very problem during install of a VS-2 software updtae to an older LS48 system. (Bose support personnel were very helpful on phone - and walked me through procedure to solve). I presume you unplugged and replugged power supply with no resolution. In that case, unplug power supply, wait 30 seconds and while holding down the "open/close button" and the "store" button (on media center) plug the power supply back in. Continue holding until the "Bose Lifestyle" message disappears. I presume this puts the system into a diagnostic mode, as the next steps in my case were to press and hold the "erase" button while scrolling through a menu of options using the "volume up" button. I believe it was the third "volume up" press that brought me to "FLASH" on the system screen. At that point I was told to release the "erase" button and press the enter button. The system rebooted and my VS-2 install went smoothly after that.
I'd recomend calling Bose support (800-905-2138) since your lockup occured during a CD load vs a software update (just to be on the safe side) - I was talking to a live tech support person in less than 15 seconds... a pleasant surprise.

Jan 26, 2008 | Bose Lifestyle 48 System

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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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