Anyone else use a Teac/tascam 2488 or 2488 neo?

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  1. dbb

    dbb Well-Known Member

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    I do, like it very much, and was wondering if any of you have one of these units and want to share tips.
     
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    Looks like you may be the lone ranger.......... Since most all of my stuff is old, I do have a Tascam Porta Studio II I bought years ago.......... ;D It did a good job for what I needed at the time and even on occasion still will be up for the job.

    Admittedly, it is nothing like some of the stuff they have today. 8)
     
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    I used to have a teac recorder and liked it but it was pretty complicated to use for me. I ended up selling it to get the Boss BR-1600 which I like because it still has alot of features but had a shorter learning curve for me.
     
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    Well thanks anyway, guys. I started home recording on a circa 1980 Teac 4 channel reel-to-reel. Man this digital box is sure easier!

    So what does everyone use? Pro tools?
     
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    I used to have a Tascam 2488 I thought it was great! Perhaps quite limiting when mastering but I used to record the tracks and then import them into cubase for mixing. My main problems with it was that 4 of the inputs were 1/4" jack only it would've been much better with all 8 as XLR/jack sockets. Since I didn't use it much for production I didn't really get into any processors/effects so how are they?
     
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    [quote author=madguitarsolo link=topic=19777.msg240178#msg240178 date=1254438854]
    I used to have a Tascam 2488 I thought it was great! Perhaps quite limiting when mastering but I used to record the tracks and then import them into cubase for mixing. My main problems with it was that 4 of the inputs were 1/4" jack only it would've been much better with all 8 as XLR/jack sockets. Since I didn't use it much for production I didn't really get into any processors/effects so how are they?
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    Yeah, the mastering is limited but OK. I usually have it mastered by a local engineer that does excellent work for $40 bucks an hour.

    The on board compressors, reverbs, etc. are useful and what one would expect in such a unit - pretty good but more limited than a rack of outboard gear. But it's pretty decent all in all.

    The new 2488 neo has more memory and more mastering features I understand.
     
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    I have thought about having a few of my sons songs mastered by a sound engineer. Thinking it might be worth the cost since i am sure they would do a much better job than I can making things sound good.

    As for the teac effects... vocal effects were usable but for instruments, I much prefer the effects on the boss recorder. For vocals, I would love to see what a real sound engineer could do to beef that up for some of my sons originals. I understand they can do amazing things these days with the new computer driven programs. I am told they can pretty much make anyone sound good and make a decent singer sound great.
     
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    i got a 2488 MKII

    but i got into a funk and haven't touched it.....

    would be VERY interested in tip & tricks meself!
     
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    [quote author=oldrockfan link=topic=19777.msg240199#msg240199 date=1254515033]
    For vocals, I would love to see what a real sound engineer could do to beef that up for some of my sons originals. I understand they can do amazing things these days with the new computer driven programs. I am told they can pretty much make anyone sound good and make a decent singer sound great.
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    Pro mastering can help a lot; however some of what the pros do with vocals may need to be done on the basic track/mixing/premastering level.

    I think you are referring to the whole "EQ-compressor/limiter/auralexciter/pitchrider" package that can really change your tone and correct a lot of pitch errors.

    It also can make everyone sound a lot alike.

    One tip I can offer - push the unit on volume. I often add 6 db to the input channels A-G (sometimes H when not used for a guitar) and it works well as long as the clip light does not come on.

    I understand that the Neo has a multiband compressor for the mastering bus now.
     
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    Update - I use my 2488 as a tracking unit, and process the tracks in ProTools. It has become a true portable studio now - I got the case too! It holds a couple mikes and cables plus headphones.
     

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