As a complete novice, I was desperate to find a genuinely useful source of tuition and advice. Having exhausted the scarce YouTube videos, and having done battle with the characteristically opaque user manual, I was still in a state of considerable ignorance.
This video tutorial (I bought the online version) although dated - like my 2488 - is an absolute gem!
I worked in education all my life and ended up as a college principal/head, so I recognise high quality teaching when I see it. Even though there are a few aspects of the use of this sophisticated equipment which David Wills could spend a little more time on, in an ideal world, in general this course of tuition made all the difference to me. He is a very affable tour guide and from what I can see of his online presence he seems to be an all round good guy. It helps, for the purpose of this tutorial, that he is also an accomplished musician: he understands how most home recordists will want to work and he can explain the technicalities in (mostly) sufficient detail to avoid common pitfalls.
I should have said that I have also scoured the primary online forum (TASCAMFORUMS.COM) but that is often a frustrating exercise since you have to scroll through so many screens in the hope of finding someone who has posted a query similar to your own.
It's interesting to see - when you visit the ProAudioEXP site that other people are buying this same guide for the 2488 and its successors. I wonder if there would be any mileage in ProAudioEXP hosting a user forum or finding some way of allowing users to contact each other, provided of course that they give consent for the sharing of email addresses. I'd certainly be willing to be contacted by other 2488 users.
All in all this is a godsend for the beginner hoping to make home recordings and learning to tap into the incredible wealth of the 2488's capabilities.
Thank you David and keep up the good work!