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Tascam 2488mkII 24-Track Digital Portastudio Recording Workstation

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The Tascam 2488MKII has all the amazing features as its predecessor the Tascam 2488, but with an 80 GB hard drive, an improved LED display, and a colorful user-friendly unit design! With the Tascam 24... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Tascam 2488MKII has all the amazing features as its predecessor the Tascam 2488, but with an 80 GB hard drive, an improved LED 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
  • (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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Manufacturer's Warranty
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
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(117 of 134 customers found this review helpful)


Nice, but a bit tricky to use

By T. Sabrina 2.0

from Chicago

This is quite a machine for the money. With an 80gb hard drive, you can pack quite a bit onto it. The sound is superior and you could produce a nice DIY release on just this product alone. Now, the tough part, to save an audio track to the built in cd burner, the track has to be mastered. But how? Have been using this for a month, and still have not figured it out. Instructions seem geared more for an experienced recording engineer, as the product is new, can't seem to find any help with it. Suggestions?

(108 of 111 customers found this review helpful)


Bang for the buck!!!!

By Matt Harrison

from Oklahoma City

This thing is really just a ton of capability for the price. You have enough tracks to do just about anything you want. You can record up to 4 mics and 4 lines at the same time. For home recording, you would really never need more than this. The only reason for more would be micing drums with more than 4 mics. The sound quality is great, and has some very nice effects on tap. There are really only two downsides to this unit. 1) They for some reason decided to remove the built-in drum machine which is present on the original 2488 which is a huge downer for users like myself. 2)Seemingly poor product documentation that will leave you guessing on a few things. For the most part it is easy to use and straight forward, but for mastering, cd duplication, and effects loops, they could have done a better job of documentation. Great Product overall. Would recommend it to anyone interested in studio quality recordings from home without the use of a computer.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)



By Myron

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

This portastudio is literally a studio in a box. You have enough recording inputs to get most any job done, it records at a crystal clear 24-bit, enough storage for any situation, and 250 virtual tracks. And though not the best, the effects and CD burner are nice additions. Anyone who is looking to save cash but make quality music should take a look at TASCAM's marvel.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Go with a more reliable product

By Ella

from Eden Prairie, MN

Search the internet and read reviews before buying this product and you will quickly be convinced that it is not a good product. It is loaded with bells and whistles but lacks BIG TIME on quality. I borrowed one from my friend and was truly disappointed. I went with a Boss system instead and couldn't be happier.

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