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Lost individual fader use

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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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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Graeme

Posted on Mar 21, 2008

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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).

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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.

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