I am having a problem getting the effects to work on vocals.When I go threw the manual and put in guitar multi effects I have no problem.But when I use the microphone on track one I only can get guitar effects.Can you give Me a basic instruction(like the manual has for guitar and lead guitar)on how to record a vocal track with just reverb?Thank Taf
Re: using the effects on the 2488 mk 11 for vocals
Use a single effect vice a multi effect and assign it to the channel vice the input and that should get you going. I'm sure you could just set the effect to the input and not the channel but this works for me. If your tracking your instruments/tracks to different channels, and you should be, then assigining the effect to the channel wont hurt you.
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You assign the effects basically the exact same way you assigned the channels to inputs, except you press and hold the "MICX4" button and press the "Select" key to the channel (or channels) you want to assign the effects to. Once you assign the effects to the channel, you can edit to the effect you want, and edit the values of the effect.
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.
To use the Lexicon as a 'send effect' (which is what it is) you'll need to connect the effect sends from the back of the 2488 to the inputs on your Lexicon. Then connect the outputs from the Lexicon into two inputs on the 2488. Then assign those inputs to tracks.
You've got to select the previously recorded track(s) where you want to add reverb or other effects (by pressing the select key) and then press the 'send' key to get into the 'send effect' screen. Here you can adjust the amount of signal is sent from that channel to either of the effect sends (typically you might want to send one track of a stereo set of tracks out eff 1 and send the other track out eff 2).
Pre, post or off will determine whether the fader affects the signal being sent or not and the loop setting on the top of this screen is for the internal effects.
Once you've got this set up the way you want you just arm the tracks where the Lexicon output is coming into the 2488 for recording, mute whatever you don't want to hear and you can bounce record the raw signal through the Lexicon and record (print) the effected signal on the tracks you've armed.
You can plug a mic into the front H input on the 2488, but depending on the type of mic you may get a weak signal. The typical voice mic is low-Z (low impedence) and the instrument input (H) on the front of the 2488 is High-Z. A high-Z input is expecting the relatively higher voltage put out by a high-Z mic (or passive guitar pickup). On the other hand there are high-Z mics out there and most computer mics are high-Z. These produce the voltage that a high-Z input is expecting.
If however your mic is low-Z you will get a weak signal on the high-Z (front H) input on the 2488. You should in this case connect an impedance matching adapter between the mic and the input. It steps up the voltage of the mic, giving it a stronger signal.
To tell what impedence (Z) you mic is use the following to match the rated ohms on your mic with the impedence:
low-Z = 150-300 ohms
medium-Z = 600-2000 ohms
high-Z = 10,000 ohms or more
If you already have a high-Z mic you can plug it into the front H input directly. For a high-Z mic plugging it into any of the other low Z inputs on the back will produce a distorted signal.
To reset the 2488 to factory defaults: Simultaneously press quick routing/shift/send/shutdown & turn on the unit.
The 'stop' button problem may require a look under the cover to see if the button is dirty or damaged under there. A good cleaning might do it. As for the 'no guitar out the monitors' issue, this sounds like it might have something to do with the setting of the monitor selector. Make sure it's set to 'stereo' and not effect loop or effect send or even muted. You might want to also make sure your monitor level pot is working properly.
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.