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TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation  

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    A 24-track DAW with 8 mic inputs and built-in CD burner.

    TASCAM's updated 2488neo 24-track, 24-bit recorder sports 8 mic inputs, giving you the power to record and mix a full band. The enhanced batch of mastering effects, on this version combine with the reverb, amp simulation, compression, and EQ processing to create and burn finished-sounding CDs in a standalone unit. With TASCAM's simple interface, great-sounding preamps and chart-ready effects, the 2488neo makes for a full-fledged 24-track production machine.

    Features
    • Updated mastering effects include multiband compression, EQ, and noise shaping for pro-sounding CD mixes
    • 3-band EQ on 24 channels, 8-inputs and stereo bus with high and low sweepable shelving bands, and full parametric mid band
    • 3 aux sends on all channels except the effects return
    • Loop effect provides reverb, delay, chorus, and more on an aux send and return
    • Assignable guitar multi-effects processor for overdrive, distortion, chorus, delay, flange, and more
    • Up to 8 assignable dynamics processors for compression during recording or mixdown
    • Dedicated stereo compressor on the stereo output
    • 8 inputs: 4 XLR with phantom power double as 1/4" mic/line inputs, plus 4 more 1/4" mic/line inputs
    • 19 - 45mm faders including master fader
    • LCD display for viewing meters and editing parameters
    • 250 virtual tracks
    • CDRW drive to record Audio CDs, import/export WAV files and backup hard drive
    • High-speed USB 2.0 jack connects to PC or Mac for data backup and SMF/WAV files
    • Recording resolution: 44.1kHz, 16-bit or 24-bit

    Ready to get your ideas down and share them with the world? Order this DAW and you can!

     

    2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation Specifications:

    • Audio performance:
    • Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
    • Bit depth (resolution): 16-bit/24-bit (user-selectable, per song)
    • Crossfade time: 10 ms
    • Number of tracks: 24 (8 may be recorded simultaneously)
    • Frequency response: INPUTS A to H STEREO/MONITOR/EFFECT SEND: 20Hz - 20kHz +1.0/—1.0 dB (trim at min.)
    • Noise level: (inputs with 150 Ohms terminator, INPUTS A to H STEREO/EFFECT SEND: <90dBV MONITOR <82dBu (trim at min.) faders at nominal, 20kLPF+A curve)
    • Dynamic range: Faders at nominal, INPUTS A to H STEREO/EFFECT SEND/MONITOR: >96dB 20kLPF+A curve
    • Crosstalk: Faders at nominal, INPUTS A to H STEREO/EFFECT SEND/MONITOR: >80dB @ 1kHz (trim at minimum, 20kLPF+A curve 1 input at max)
    • Dimensions: 21.5"W x 5.7"H x 14"D
    • Weight: 17.6 lb.
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    TASCAM2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation
     
    4.3

    (based on 49 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

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      (4)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Low distortion (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      This is an excellent machine.

      Guitar effects are not good, but I didn't buy it for any of that.
      I have been a Tascam user since the 70's and a Tascam 2488 user since the modal was...Read complete review

      Guitar effects are not good, but I didn't buy it for any of that.
      I have been a Tascam user since the 70's and a Tascam 2488 user since the modal was first offered around 2005 as I remember. I have two of them now and my original 2488 probably has logged more than 1000 hours of recording time and still works like the day I bought it (a I mean that in the best way). A friend of mine who recently did some recording on my 2488 decided to get one of his own. He mentioned to me that he read a few reviews that concerned him since he wanted to do his final editing on his computer but someone said that it was very hard to do on the 2488.This isn't true. It is probably a matter of inexperience and Tascam's less than stellar manual that comes with the 2488.

      I'll try to explain. It really is not difficult. Since like many digital recorders the 2488 stores each track in it's own digital format or "language". In order to transfer tracks to a computer you need to move a copy of the tracks to FAT partition of the 2488 that is set aside just for this purpose. This is the area on your 2488 hard drive that your computer can acsess. After recording just highlight (click) on each track you want to export on the track menu and the 2488 can move a copy of all the tracks to the FAT partition on the 2488 drive while simultaniously and turning them into .WAV files (Depending on whether your recorded in 16 or 24 bit). After that you attach the USB cable (I leave mine plugged in all the time) from your computer to the 2488 and click "Open" on the USB menu on the 2488. Your computer will display the 2488 FAT drive like any other external drive or jump drive and you can then copy, move or just drag and drop all the tracks on the 2488 FAT partition to your computer. Same thing in reverse to move tracks back to the 2488. One reviewer here said you had to move each track "one at a time" and it was difficult. I can asure you that this is not true. I do it all time and you can move all 24 tracks at once if you like.

      If you buy a 2488 also spend a little more and buy the David Wills tutorial DVD. It is excellent and after one viewing you will start recording. Also check out the Tascams forum web site. It is not associated with Tascam but is user run site where you can get tons of help. For the low dollar amount you cannot beat this recorder. It records exactly what you put into it. If you have a good quality microphone, a decent set of powered monitors, you will be amazed. See the Alan Parsons review on YouTube. He loved it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Recorder - Takes FOREVER to transfer or burn tracks

      Good recorder, solidly built and lots of features for the price. I found out the hard way that it takes a Long time to export or master the recorded tracks. As an example,...Read complete review

      Good recorder, solidly built and lots of features for the price. I found out the hard way that it takes a Long time to export or master the recorded tracks. As an example, it took 45 minutes to export a five minute song that only included 6 tracks. I recorded our band's 3 hour practice the other day, and it took me basically an entire day to download the recordings onto my computer so I could convert them to .mp3 and distribute to the rest of the band.

      I contacted Tascam Customer Support about this issue. Here's their response:

      "Unfortunately transferring files to the Fat partition or CD does take time and there isn't any way to speed up that process, I apologize for any inconvenience."

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      4.0

      Re slow transfer speed

      By gordo

      from NL Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

            I have mastered and transferred projects that were thirty minutes long and up to seven tracks. Transfer speed was reasonable. I also purchased the DVD tutorial which really made things a lot simpler. Would recommend it to any one owning this machine

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            The most liked negative review is wrong!

            By SUNISLAND1

            from Chicago, IL.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Amazing Undo And Redo
            • Amazing Undoredo Ability
            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great Mastering Potential
            • Low Distortion
            • Nice Track Editing
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Takes Time To Learn Uses

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

            The most liked negative review stated that it took all day to download songs. I think that could be true for that person but only because they did not know the correct way to do it. I had similar problems until I bought the DVD Tutorials available for the Tascam 2488 models. Using the owner's manual along with the DVDs helped me figure out the many things that I was doing wrong. It takes a long time to really learn to use the recorder and understand it's capabilities but once you do, you will love it!!

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            best recorder made for home studio

            By Freddy G.

            from LINCOLNTON NC

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              its hard to start on the best features this recorder has, but if i must than its the quality of the recordings. there are some reviews they say the guitar affects are not that good, i just can not agree with that. i have found all the
              affects to be of the highest stander, and what you record into the neo is what you well here in the end results. if you play badly that is what you're going to here, on the other hand if you play good it sounds so sweet.
              i well say this unit well make you sound like a professional did the recording, so if you want the best home studio money can buy the 2488 neo by tascam is the wise choice. i'm so happy that i made the right choice.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The Neo picks up the torch

              By Kebo72

              from Ironton, OH

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              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Ease of operation
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Great Fader tension
              • Low Distortion
              • Ultra clean sound

              Cons

              • The new rewind feature
              • Unnecessary Functions

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              The 2488 I bought from MF in 2006 started showing its age after about 180 finished songs and about as many radio shows. The headphone jack shorts out a channel on a regular basis, and the record button became tough.
              The NEO's faders can stand up to any of the big boys. The old fader would drop right off a cliff at about -40db, and it took several attempts to get a good fade on a song. The faders are stiff and very usable. It took me about 2 hours to appreciate the differences, but the torch has been passed to the neo to be the heart of my home studio. The effects are still cheesy, get your own. Same goes with the phantom power. They dropped the drum machine (which I never used anyway), and the channeling is a bit different. But the clean recordings you can make with this recording are WELL WORTH it. The price has dropped now to where it's almost a steal! If you're not into the DAW/PRO TOOLS/CAKEWALK world, and would like a recorder that's more hardware oriented, this is the one, look no further.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this TASCAM 2488 neo recorder

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              The TASCAM 2488 neo recorder has a lot of the hiteck recording mixdown mastering tools that the outher hi $$$$$$$ recoreders have, one step mixdown recording,stereo dynamics, compressors,
              expanders,effects, an on bord tuner,hands free punch recording,
              If you have every used a computer you will find this is pretty simple to use..
              Buy one of these TASCAM 2488neo recorders.
              It has lots of great Mastering tools, also auto punch recording, and lots of effects..
              and talk about room this has alot of recordering room....
              .
              This TASCAM 2488neo is great.Well made, easy to use with a little reading...
              I'm not a computer wiz so it took some reading and work on my part. but if you realy want to make great music this TASCAM 2488 neo is a great place to start...great price to $$$$$...
              The TASCAM2488neo can pay for itself in notime...just make cd's for all the bands you know...
              (OF THERE WORK ONLY) to help them find there boo boos...

              Comment on this review

              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Well worth the money spent.

              By Jeff

              from Hammond, IN

              Ask me a question

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              The only dislike is the manual. They lost a lot during the translation from Japanese to English in my opinion. spen the extra $29 and get the instructional DVD, it fills in most of the blanks that the manual leaves you scratching you head over. If the manual had been better written I would have rated the Tascam 2488 neo as a 10.
              A lot of thought went into this machine. It has very usable effects.In addition, the various reverbs and the ability to EQ each track individually really makes it easy to turn out quality recordings that seriously border on professional studio quality. The compression featurs is awesome as well. Yoiu may not neeed to compress everything but its there is you need it. 250 virtual tracks make is easy to decide what solo makes the CD and what goes in ther trash.
              I have only had mine neo for about 90 days but seems well made. I owned 2 Fostex digital "studio in a box" before moving to the Tascam. The fostex was nice but did not give me the flexibility on EQ or the ability to compress tracks that needed it nor did I have any virtual tracks so I had to get it right the first time or spend time bouncing everything to a new song just to record a different version of a bass line or a guitar line. Sure you could punch in and out but that's not always practicle. MY Fostex MR 16 now serves as a backup should something happen to the Tascam.
              For the money this machine is the last word!

              Comment on this review

              (12 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Good Recorder - Takes FOREVER to transfer or burn tracks

              By Adam Crateau

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              Good recorder, solidly built and lots of features for the price. I found out the hard way that it takes a Long time to export or master the recorded tracks. As an example, it took 45 minutes to export a five minute song that only included 6 tracks. I recorded our band's 3 hour practice the other day, and it took me basically an entire day to download the recordings onto my computer so I could convert them to .mp3 and distribute to the rest of the band.

              I contacted Tascam Customer Support about this issue. Here's their response:

              "Unfortunately transferring files to the Fat partition or CD does take time and there isn't any way to speed up that process, I apologize for any inconvenience."

              Comment on this review

              (29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This is an excellent machine.

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              Guitar effects are not good, but I didn't buy it for any of that.
              I have been a Tascam user since the 70's and a Tascam 2488 user since the modal was first offered around 2005 as I remember. I have two of them now and my original 2488 probably has logged more than 1000 hours of recording time and still works like the day I bought it (a I mean that in the best way). A friend of mine who recently did some recording on my 2488 decided to get one of his own. He mentioned to me that he read a few reviews that concerned him since he wanted to do his final editing on his computer but someone said that it was very hard to do on the 2488.This isn't true. It is probably a matter of inexperience and Tascam's less than stellar manual that comes with the 2488.

              I'll try to explain. It really is not difficult. Since like many digital recorders the 2488 stores each track in it's own digital format or "language". In order to transfer tracks to a computer you need to move a copy of the tracks to FAT partition of the 2488 that is set aside just for this purpose. This is the area on your 2488 hard drive that your computer can acsess. After recording just highlight (click) on each track you want to export on the track menu and the 2488 can move a copy of all the tracks to the FAT partition on the 2488 drive while simultaniously and turning them into .WAV files (Depending on whether your recorded in 16 or 24 bit). After that you attach the USB cable (I leave mine plugged in all the time) from your computer to the 2488 and click "Open" on the USB menu on the 2488. Your computer will display the 2488 FAT drive like any other external drive or jump drive and you can then copy, move or just drag and drop all the tracks on the 2488 FAT partition to your computer. Same thing in reverse to move tracks back to the 2488. One reviewer here said you had to move each track "one at a time" and it was difficult. I can asure you that this is not true. I do it all time and you can move all 24 tracks at once if you like.

              If you buy a 2488 also spend a little more and buy the David Wills tutorial DVD. It is excellent and after one viewing you will start recording. Also check out the Tascams forum web site. It is not associated with Tascam but is user run site where you can get tons of help. For the low dollar amount you cannot beat this recorder. It records exactly what you put into it. If you have a good quality microphone, a decent set of powered monitors, you will be amazed. See the Alan Parsons review on YouTube. He loved it.

              Comment on this review

              (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect!

              By Steven Thorne

              from Washington, DC

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              Super product that does exactly what it says and it does and then some. I recommend buying the tutorial DVD available on if you search for it on YouTube. While the manual is useful, the walk through is super to get you maximizing all of the features as soon as possible.
              The addition of the mastering feature is fantastic. The USB connection makes this unit extremely versatile for people not wishing to delve into the world of ProTools and the likes.
              The unit istelf is great and I'm very happy with the quality of the recordings I'm getting through the on-board pre-amps and digital effects. One xlr plug input lost the plastic cover the springs into place when the channel is empty, but that's mostly cosmetic.
              I bought this on a Black Friday deal and after having it, I would have even paid the normal price for it.

              Comment on this review

              (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              best you can get for the price .

              By scott berry

              from colorado

              Comments about TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation:

              i really have only recorded , have not mixed yet but has so much its not easy to master i'll try to redo this after next week when i do my mixdowns .i still think mixdowns should be in 24 bit so iam looking for a way to put it down on dvd audio or ? sacd so i can get most out of it but this one will only do 44k at 24 bit. i will send my premix to a friend that has a studio in austin on a wav file ( ok i will chea just a bit )
              has alot , i just opened mine a week ago i bought it in jan .
              can not beat for what i paid

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