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Play and Record button not working

My Tascam 2488 Portastudio play and record button are not functioning.

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  • amook Jul 06, 2008

    y hafe the same problem with my start button dont not play.



  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    play and record button not working

  • Bojo 155 Feb 24, 2009

    I am having intermittent problems with the play, stop, fast forward, rewind buttons. Right now its the play button. When it malfunctions the stop and other buttons work fine, but when the stop button fails, the play button works fine. Very frustrating! I have to push the darn thing 20 or 30 times sometimes to get it to respond. Other times one push is all that is needed.

  • Dave Hart Feb 27, 2009

    When I started having problems with the transport the advice I was getting was to blast them with compressed air. Tried that and it worked. Seems the cat was climbing on top of the 2488 at might with muddy paws. The dirt was getting down between the buttons. I invested in a cover and haven't had the problem since (also locked the cat out of the room).



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I have the same problem with all three of my Tascam 2488 MKII's.
It's a software problem and starts to show up when the harddisk gets full.

Backup your song files ( something you have to do anyway ) and then reformat the entire hard disk.
Then restore the songs you were working on lately.

Before doing this rather huge task, you can copy your latest song to another partition and go on with this copy.
This is only a provisional solution.

Hope this helps !
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Can u do a reset is ther firwmare update avb for that unit on tascam site

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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.

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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.

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