I'm a new user with a used 2488, everything seems very stable except I'm having trouble with the transport STOP button. It doesn't always work and needs to be pressed rather hard and at slightly different angles to get it to function. All other buttons seem fine except this. Is there a way to get contact cleaner or something to fix this?
FADERS are also a little sticky-any cleaning/lube options?
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Tascam Digital recording is an effective solution for broadcast-quality home recordings. The Tascam 2488 is a user-friendly tool and useful for home recording situations, especially when writing songs or cutting demos. It even has bus compression and processing for your final mix to give it that "mastered" feel. There are other recorders as well.
Learn your gear. The Tascam 2488 DAW offers 24 discrete channels that can be recorded at up to 24-bit resolution. 16 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, via eight XLR balanced inputs and eith 1/4-inch unbalanced inputs. There are several high-quality built-in effects, such as reverb, delay, modulation, compression and a great tool for guitarists: amp and effect modeling. So you can simply plug directly into the console and get live amp tones.
Record or program the rhythm tracks. Most Tascam products offer a large library of built-in drum loops to construct rhythm tracks, so you don't even need live drums just to get a song down. You can designate the tempo of your song from the transport located on the right side of the console; this is where you would use a variety of buttons to make edits, undo or redo and automate punch-ins
Record your base rhythm instrument. Let's say a rhythm guitar. There is a dedicated guitar input located on the front of the console, and once you're plugged in you can use the aforementioned amp modeling features to dial up a sound.
Record the remaining track or tracks. This could include bass, vocals, keyboards, horns or any other instrument. The process is always the same. Arm the track you wish to record on, hold in record and hit play, and the machine begins to record whatever you are playing. When you're done, hit stop. If you want to undo what you recorded, simply hit the undo button.
Repeat these steps on any other instrument you want to record. Plug a microphone into one of the first eight XLR inputs, the first 4 of which have phantom power for studio condenser microphones, arm a track and record.
If you need to punch-in a section, you can automate it by dialing up the time in the song you wish to replace using the auto punch function. When you enable this and choose the time in the song you wish to record over, once you hit record and play it'll start the track a few seconds before where it begins the punch-in and it will only go into record when it reaches the designated time stamp.
Do not rush. Proper recording takes time and patience.
The only thing that can be done to a DVD player is clean it. There are no user serviceable parts. You could send it out for repair, however weigh the cost vs replacement cost. a new transport will be roughly 100-150 depending on the servicer. Hope this at least puts your questions at ease. You have done what you can. That's all anyone can do. For reference, you should run a cleaner thru any CD DVD player for a cycle every other month for maximum care of players.
This will reinitialize it to the factory settings. All data (music) will be lost.
With the 2488 turned OFF
Simultaneouly, hold down the Quick Routing, Shift, Send and Shut Down buttons.
With all buttons pressed .... turn the 2488 ON.
It shoulld go through the normal boot up screens, including a screen that states ' partitioning drive', etc. When finished it will show ' Factory Settings Reinitialized - Reboot (or something like that) and you are done.
I have the original 2488 as well, and tried everything recommended to address the HDD lockups.
I think I know why Tascam eliminated the Tone Generator (Drums) on the MKII and Neo versions.
Too much for the processor to handle?? Hope this helps.
Just use the transport buttons (Play, FF or REW) to navigate to the spot in the song where you'd like to set you IN, OUT or TO point and then with the transport stopped press shift and the corresponding key (either IN, OUT, or TO). You'll see a SET IN (or SET OUT or SET TO) message appear on the screen to show that the point has been set.
These points then apply to all tracks.
When you go to edit you'll be prompted for which track to apply the edit to before you commit the edit. For instance during a COPY edit the 2488 will prompt you for which track to copy from and which track to copy to allowing you to copy a section from between the IN and OUT points to the TO point on the same track, or to copy the section to the TO point on another track.
After setting the IN, OUT or TO point, pressing any of those buttons alone with take you to that point in the song.
You can also edit where the points are set by setting a new one. The last one you set will become the new IN, OUT or TO point.
When mastering (or premastering) the IN point is automatically set to the beginning of the song and you'll have to just set the out point in the same way as described above.
It sounds like either the inputs are not assigned or the tracks are not armed for recording (or both).
Here is a quick explanation of the procedure involved in recording with the DP-02 that I posted for another person who was asking for some basic instruction on how to record. You might be missing a step somewhere along the line as for instance you will still see the meters move even if you don't have the inputs assigned or don't have any tracks armed, but the DP-02 won't record anything until you do both.
To record you need to first assign your input to a track, then arm the track for recording, and then press play + record at the same time.
1. So you would patch your mixer output, mic or instrument into an input on your DP01 (say input A). You can run some audio to set the level with the input level knob (located next to input A on the front panel).
2. Then to assign that input to a track simply press and hold the 'input A' button and then press the 'rec' button of the track you with to record on. The 'rec' button will flash rapidly to indicate that the input is assigned to the track.
(To assign the input to a different track you have to clear the input assignment from the first track and assign the input to a new track. To clear an assignment press the input assign key, A in this case, and the track it's assigned to will flash its 'rec' button. Hold down the input assign key and then press the flashing 'rec' button. The button will stop flashing and the input can then be assigned to another track by following step 2 again).
3. Next, to arm the track for recording simply press the 'rec' button for that track. The 'rec' button with flash slowly.
4. To begin recording press play + record together in the transport section and the 'rec' light for the armed track will stop flashing and light steadily. Press 'stop' to end recording.
This should get you started. The operation of the DP02 is actually pretty intuitive once you've gone through it a couple of times (which is one of the real strengths of the unit). You'll be multitracking like an expert in no time.
The only problems I've had with my 2488 thus far have been sticking buttons. It seems the transport buttons often go first. In my case it was a matter of dirt (or dust) getting in. The cat would come in from outside and walk on my 2488 with dirty paws. Shortly after that is when I started having problem with the buttons sticking. I my case I bought one of those spray cans of air for cleaning keyboards and blasted around the buttons with that. It seems to have fixed the problem for now. I leace a clear plastic bag over the unit now when not in use to protect it from dust (and cats).
To record the eight inputs onto 8 separate tracks at once simply plug your mics or other audio sources into the mic inputs (only 4 can be powered, A-E) and then assign each input to a separate track by pressing the input button which corresponds to one input and then the select button for the desired target track at the same time. Do this for all eight inputs and their target tracks. Then arm all eight tracks to record by pressing the record buttons on each (the red lights will come on). Then when you press play and record in the transport section (or use punch operations) you will record all eight inputs to all eight tracks at the same time.
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.
I've seen intermittent buttons (especially transport) reported occassionally with the most common suggestion to remedy the situation being to first press down the button rather firmly and rotate it around in little circles. This may help for a while. The real solution is probably to remove the cover and inspect the button from underneath for wear and/or built-up dust or dirt and clean/replace accordingly.
If your 2488 is still under warranty or you aren't comfortable opening the cover yourself, you can search for a Tascam Service Center in your area here: