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TASCAM 2488mkII 24-Track Digital Portastudio Recording Workstation  

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    A full complement of studio gear in a single box!

    The TASCAM 2488MKII has all the amazing features as its predecessor the TASCAM 2488, but with an 80GB hard drive, an improved LCD display, and a colorful user-friendly unit design! With the TASCAM 2488MKII 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation you can record 8 inputs into the XLR and 1/4" inputs simultaneously. 20 physical faders control the mixdown channels, and each channel has 3-band EQ and access to 3 built-in effects processors. A built-in standard MIDI player and General MIDI sound module provide an additional stereo sound source for fuller arrangements. For the final mix, the built-in CD-RW drive can record the 2-track master mixdown in addition to backing up the hard drive and importing and exporting WAV files. A high-speed USB 2.0 jack connects to PC for data backup and SMF/WAV file transfer.

    • 24-track recording at 44.1kHz/24-bit
    • 36-channel mixer
    • 3-band EQ on 24 channels, 8 inputs and tone generator 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
    • Up to 8 assignable dynamics processors
    • Assignable guitar multi-effects processor for distortion, flange, and more
    • Dedicated stereo compressor on the stereo output
    • 8 inputs: 4 XLR with phantom power, 4 - 1/4" mic/line inputs
    • 20 - 45mm faders including master fader
    • Improved LCD display for viewing meters and edit parameters
    • 80GB hard drive
    • CDRW drive to record mixdown, import/export WAV files and backup hard drive
    • 64-voice General MIDI sound module
    • Standard MIDI file player
    • High-speed USB 2.0 jack connects to PC for data backup and SMF/WAV file transfer
    • Colorful unit design

    2488mkII 24-Track Digital Portastudio Recording Workstation Specifications:

    • Connections
    • (4) Combo XLR / 1/4" TRS Mic Inputs
    • (1) Phantom Power switches (sends +48V phantom power to mic inputs 1-4)
    • (4) 1/4" TRS Line Inputs
    • (1) 1/4" TS Instrument Level Input
    • (2) 1/4" TRS Control Room Outputs
    • (2) RCA Stereo Outputs
    • (1) RCA S/PDIF Stereo Digital Input
    • 1) RCA S/PDIF Stereo Digital Output
    • (1) 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
    • (2) 1/4" TS Effect Sends
    • (2) " TS Footswitch jacks (Punch, Expression)
    • USB 2.0 jack (backwards compatible with USB (1.1)
    • MIDI Input
    • MIDI Output
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    I was a little hesitant about purchasing the 2488 MKII after having read so many negative reviews. Based on my positive experiences with both tascam reel to reel and cassette formatted recorders I decided...Read complete review

    I was a little hesitant about purchasing the 2488 MKII after having read so many negative reviews. Based on my positive experiences with both tascam reel to reel and cassette formatted recorders I decided to buy the 2488.I have had none of the glitches other customers have been having.A quick look at the hand book had me over the learning curve so that I am recording every day.It is much more convenient than a tape format and a lot quicker.I have found that the 2488 MKII can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be; simple if you are intimidated by the technology and complex if you want to experiment or employ the tools found in commercial studio environments.The quality of recording is great! If good music goes in, good music comes out!Twenty-four tracks allows me a lot of room to play around with mutiple takes and even different arrangements.I've paid more than the cost of this unit for a single demo session at a commercial studio. For me this is a great investment on a great product.I trust Tascam to deliver. They always have.


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    pro features questioned

    24k seems like a good start, but the end result is still not your hard hitting pro level audio. There is a lot to be desired in terms of adjustability. Much of our...Read complete review

    24k seems like a good start, but the end result is still not your hard hitting pro level audio. There is a lot to be desired in terms of adjustability. Much of our precious time is wasted trying to get any useful programs. My first bad experience was when I lost my trusted Tascam monitor amp. Just by hooking up to the guitar jack with a Switchcraft 1/4" right angle cord,shorted out and burned my amp with a loud pop. If you try to tune an acoustic guitar without a built-in pick up, you can't. You still have to use an external tuner for that. The built in tuner is cheap and very marginal.This is not really a 24 track studio. Your mixing capabilties are not enhanced by the compressor and eq. Your levels are retained below the distortion peaks but your overall sound is still very weak and not loud like it's supposed to be with this kind of dynamic range and frequency specifications. This recorder is good to make demos to show your friends and not to sell in a commercial product. Good luck!

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    Best Bang for the Buck

    By Rob @ The WareHouse

    from Upstate NY

    12 tracks are stereo only. This is a good thing because at mix down it reduces the number of sliders you need to control. Good recording practice dictates at least two mics on an instrument anyway. No GM bank. Not a problem because these sounds are all cheesy anyway. Good sounds can use up to a full gigabyte to achieve adequate sound quality. Use good peripheral equipment and you will generate a great recording. Provisions for an external monitor and keyboard would make this little station the ruler of the planet. Go Tascam!

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    Best bang for your buck out there!

    By M@ BoJingles

    from Washington state

    I bought this on a whim. I knew that tascam produces high quality equipment, so I figured to give it a shot. It's one of the best choices I could have made!!! I have used this for recording at home, as well as live recordings of full bands. You will not believe the sound quality that you get out of this little machine! I have recorded and "produced" store quality cd's. I'm telling you, it is worth the asking price and more!! You will not be sorry with this.

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    Bad right out of the box

    By JT-.PZH7

    from Colorado

    Unfortunately, the minute I un-boxed this product and plugged it in I was dissatisfied. It would not boot and I am having a TEAC/TASCAM dealer look at next week. Years ago I had the analog TASCAM with a cassette recorder and I received many great years of functionality with it and, obviously the next step was to step up to a 24 Track Digital TASCAM. It is very depressing to be so excited to start recording music only to discover you were shipped a broken piece of garbage!

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    Very good

    By imawesome

    from western MD

    i really like this recorder. havent had any freeze up problems. it responds good. it works fast. its simple to use and produces good sounding tunes. the trim knobbs are just a tad flimsy, but i dont see them breaking or anything.

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    Best Value for Poor Musicians!

    Lets face the fact that if your a musician.....your probably poor. That being said, I don't like to waste money on equipment that is cheap either. This multitrack recorder is really the best bang for you buck. I have had a Boss and a Korg recorder and this so far is the best one I have owned. My only gripe is that it is kinda confusing to use. I am thinking of getting the DVD to explain a lot. I was able to record and burn a song in a matter of about an hour...so it's not that bad, but to really get all of it you will need to read the full manual and/or watch the DVD. I can't say much about the effects because I use external effects and a mic + it was pretty hard to figure out the mic effects anyway. I just need to mess with it more. I still have yet to figure out the Mastering effects too.

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    Great Sound, Easy Setup

    By TheBassMan-VbN5z

    from High Point, NC

    Used the TASCAM 2488mkII for the first time today. I had it set up and recording quick and easy. The manual is easy to follow and the controls are laid out well. To avoid problems, be sure and shut down properly. Also, consider using a UPS to avoid power issues and possible hard drive problems. I use one with ALL computer devices.I am very pleased with the overall performance.

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    Simply amazing.

    By Whiskey Rock-A-Roller

    from Somerset, KY

    24 tracks, digital, usb outlet, cd burner built in, all the bells and whistles. I've had mine for a lil over a year, and there are still features I've yet to learn how to use! Lookin to record you music with out spending an arm and a leg in a studio? This is you answer! For the stupidly low price of this baby, it pays for its self with the first song you record vs. what you would pay studio time. Creating a home studio? Stop wasting time and buy this thing! Seriously, look no further. You won't regret it!!!

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    Very useful and easily transportable

    By www.heavynovarocks.com

    from Greendale, WI, USA

    I own the MKI version of this recorder. We're starting our second album on it. It's pretty easy to use and provides a convenient way to make recording portable. But do yourself a favor: move the .wav files to a PC and mix using your favorite software! It will save you time, give you more flexibility and generally make life much simpler.

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    Code 05 TG Initialize Error

    By LeVoyageur

    from Annapolis

    Warning: mine stopped working abruptly after the warranty ended.I bought this, used it for about two months, on and off, and found it to be ok (however, not as good-sounding or easy-to-use as my friend's korg).I could never get the CD burner to work; it just stalled every time, so I stopped trying.I always shut-down the hard disk as instructed. Yesterday I went to crank it up and got this error message: "Code 05 TG Initialize Error". The bloody thing was barely used, babied like you would not believe, and still it broke down.I also paid a lot more for it than this recent sale-price.Needless to say, I feel ripped-off.

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    It's really not bad at all!

    By D. H. Spider

    from New York

    I have the original Mark I which has been perfect for over a year. However, when now I try to burn a CD, the icon sticks on "Pre-Master" and the only way to get out of it is to turn off the machine! I'm depressed about this bc it's going to cost a lot to fix things.

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