Unfortunately my 2488 was stepped on and now the individual faders don't work, but I get each input on the master. The faders do not affect the master, but the inputs levels do. Please help, I have a bad feeling about this.
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Re: Lost individual fader use
Hi Fader free
It is bad news I would day, you would have to pull the unit down and see what happened, probably find a cracked pcb i would say, and iy this is in the fader area, where hands on produce movement about this area all the time, then repair may be difficult, board replacements may be the only option. Check it out for a simple crack repair job. worst case, I suggest looking for another off ebay, perhaps a faulty one with a dead harddrive or something may be the best approach for a cheap repair.
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Sounds like you might have 'Fader Matching' set to something other than 'Real' mode which can cause the physical fader positions to be mismatched with the internal fader settings (useful for saving scenes, and used on the 2488 because there are no motorized faders). You can go into the 'Mixer Preferences' Menu (under the 'Preferences Menu') and check the what is set for fader matching. If it is set to 'jump' or 'catch' you should change this to 'real'.
You also might have a particular 'scene' being recalled which has a lot of saved settings that are affecting the levels.
You can refer to pages 39 and 92 (in the MkII manual) for references on scene memories and fader matching.
When the button is down phantom power is on (for the first four inputs only... A to D... which are XLR or 1/4" ... the others don't have phantom power).
Make sure that the trim pot for the input is turned up. You should see the meters moving for the stereo bus in the LCD screen when using the mic even if the input isn't yet assigned to a track (and hear it assuming your monitors or stereo system is set up already and the master fader is turned up).
Yes. You can record the midi output to a track using bounce mode.
With you midi (or smf) file loaded into the midi tone generator,
press shift-bounce to enter bounce mode. Then arm a track for recording. Turn the fader up for that track, the master fader and the fader for the midi tone generator. Make sure than all other track faders are down or the tracks are muted (or empty) and press play and record. The midi song will be recorded to the track in real time. Just press 'stop' when done and exit bounce mode (by pressing the bounce button again).
turn down the gain at the mic pre, first plug in the mic then put the channel fader at optimum level, the 0 mark, then use the mic gain adjustment at the mic pre to set the level on the channel/ input meter, if recording using a digital platform keep the level as high as possible without going into red at all on the channel/ input meter, use the master fader to adjust listening volume and use the channel fader to make fine adjustments if needed but the point is to primarily use the mic gain knob to adjust the input level.
If you are recording a loud instrument or cabinet with it then you may want to use the pad on the mic or the pad on the console/ mixer if after going through the above steps the level at input is still too hot, should be a switch on the mic or console wich says pad, if the mic has one then use the one on the mic instead of the one on console.
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.
In the monitor section on the 2488 console (upper right) make sure your monitoring source is set to 'stereo'. Then make sure your 'monitor level' control is turned up. The 'stereo' fader (sub mix fader on the MKI, stereo fader on the MKII).