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Tascam 2488 / MKII / Neo Tutorial

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The Tascam 2488/MKII/Neo DVD Tutorial is designed to be more than just a complete guide to using the 2488, MKII and Neo versions: it teaches basic recording techniques to musicians getting their first start in recording.

It begins with a section called "Recording School" that teaches beginners the basics about microphones, multitrack recording and mixing. It goes on for the next 90 minutes to cover every aspect of recording, editing and mixing on the 2488, 2488 MKII and 2488 Neo 24-track Digital Portastudios.

Whether you have the original silver 2488 model or the subsequent blue MKII or black Neo models, this DVD goes into great detail helping you get the most out of your digital recording studio.

Take your 2488 skills to the next level and pick up the official Tascam DVD Tutorial today!

  • What's Included
  • Reviews

Recording School on Original 2488 Grey Unit

Special Notes section on the MKII version

Special Notes section on the Neo version

"What is Multitrack Recording?"
The signal path
Channels vs. Tracks
Recording levels
Setting levels on the 2488
Microphone placement
Types of Microphones
Phantom power

Creating a Song
Naming a Song
Connecting a Microphone
Routing Inputs to Channels
Setting Levels
Arming Tracks
Recording 1st Track
Importance of good Monitors
Using the front Guitar (H) input
Linking stereo Channels
Virtual Tracks
Mic Effects
Naming Tracks (User Words)
Punching in
Repeat function
Setting Location points
Bouncing Tracks

Using the Jog function
Setting In and Out points
Copy and Paste
Setting To point
Front panel shortcuts

Benefits of using drum guide
Setting time/measures display
Builtin Metronome
Rhythm guide setup
Selecting from the 20 drum kits
SMF playback
GM Specifications
Loading SMFs
Adjusting the Tone Generator Parts
Playing SMFs

Mute function
Solo function
Compression (Mic Effects)
Stereo L/R Dynamics Processor
Loop effect
Effect sends
External Effect returns
8 Inputs available at Mixdown
Pre/Post send settings
Multi Effects
Mixing down your Song (Pre-master)

Playing Pre-master
Trimming Pre-master
Burning to CD-R (Track at once)
Burning to CD-R (Disc at once)

"Opening" the USB connection
Connecting a Computer
Transferring files
"Closing" the USB connection
USB Import
USB Export
CD-R Import/Export
CD-R Backup


(Features brand new sections on both the MKII and Neo versions)

Customer Reviews

Based on 42 reviews
Angel Hayes (Fontana, US)

Very well put together

Shawn Kaminski (Fenton, US)
Tascam 2488 / MKII / Neo Tutorial

I've had some experience on the Tascam 2488 in the past and wanted to refresh my memory on its features. This tutorial did the trick and I also learned some things I didn't know previously. Well done!

J L Hodnett (Rising Fawn, US)
Best of the Rest!!

The product I ordered was received quickly and is absolutely wonderful!! The customer service is superb!! The absolute Best of the Rest, as far as I am concerned. I had questions concerning this product and David went above and beyond, to make sure all my questions were thoroughly answered. I highly recommend David, and all the team at PRO, to anyone and everyone from beginners to seasoned musicians.

Charles Stone (Waynesville, US)
Helpful Informative Tutorial

Thus far the tutorial extremely helpful.Had an accident broke 3ribs. As a result have yet to get very far. I U may want to get back to me on this.
I am a complete novice at this. I'm afraid that even with the tutorial as clear as it is I may be one of those who need a tutorial " For Dummies".
I could also use advice on condenser mics. and monitor speakers that would be good with the 2488 as well.
I have 2 acoustic electrics and a brand new Martin D16 with no pickup.
I'm sorry this isn't what you asked for.
I will be glad to submit a review once I am able to do some recording. What I'm afraid of is that I may need something like Recording For Dummies because of total lack of knowledge with respect to recording technology. I've been playing the guitar for 53 years but other than having a Vestafire 4 track 30 years ago I am a completel novice. Some feedback, and or advice on those things I mentioned above would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Garry Morgan (Wigan, GB)
Amazing amazing amazing

I`ve had the 2488 for around 9 years. After moving house I had to convert my garage to find room to fit my studio equipment. So my trusty 2488 was in a box for around 14 months and as a consequence I forgot how to use all the snazzy facilities in this amazing portastudio.
The DVD presented by Mr. David Wills is simply irreplacable. It introduces one to all the techniques and methods of using the 2488 but also includes some basic sound recording lessons such as microphone placement for the newcomer to home recording.
I reviewed the DVD after this long break from recording and found it to be well organised and intuitive. David introduces us to little tips and tricks that are well nye impossible to find using the manual alone which is really heavy work!
I would give this DVD 10 out of 10 in all respects and one a 2488 owner should have at their disposal at all times.

KS1954 (Fakenham, GB)
Superb tuition and an invaluable resource

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!

Bob Dimartino (Dedham, US)
neo 2488

need to have it clear and easy to understand

Philip Hall (Columbus, US)
Tascam 2488 / MKII / Neo Tutorial

Very helpful and informative overview. Definitely a great way to get you started quick on this multitrack recorder.

Red Dog Recording
Tascam 2488 /MKII/ Neo DVD Tutorial

The tutorial is very very good, It will get you started with the 2488 much faster than just reading the manual. It should encourage you to experiment with some of the ideas in the tutorial before setting up for an important recording session. The respect for the 2488 as high quality recording equipment is apparent in the enthusiasm expressed in the tutorial. The importance of understanding the signal path from mic to disk is properly stressed so that mapping your setup eventually becomes second nature.

David Croan
A must have for video instruction: Tascam 2488/MK11/ and the NEO versions.....

It would had taken me three times if I only used the instructional booklet. The video takes you through each area of coverage in a watch/see format! Order this video with any Tascam 2488 purchase. Great Video...

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