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Re: uploading audio instumentals into the Tascam 2488 II
Because the transport section of the 2488 is dedicated to CD playback while playing a CD in the 2488, you cannot playback a CD and get the 2488 to record at the same time.
The easiest way to achieve what you want is to connect the outs from an external CD player to inputs (L to one track R to another) and play the CD as input while recording your vocal on a third track. Do not plug speaker outs from an amp into the 2488 as you'll damage your unit. You can use tape or aux outs from the amp, or just plug the CD players outs into the 2488 directly.
You don't need to actually record on the CDs input tracks to be able to hear the CD to sing along to, but of course it might be a good idea to actually record the CD in stereo onto two tracks first (use one of the coupled stereo pairs on tracks 12-24) and then you'll be in synch with the instrumental backing track when you record you vocal overdubs presumably in ore than one take.
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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.
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.