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Tascam 2488NEO Digital 24-Track Update Announced

September 3, 2008


Tascam has announced an update for its 24-track / 24-bit workstation.  The updated model boasts a new look and new mastering effects along with the previous model’s eight microphone inputs, seven effects processors, and 80GB hard drive.

Other features include:

  • Eight microphone inputs – four with XLR and phantom power, can be assigned to any track for recording large ensembles.
  • Reverb effect, multi effect with guitar amp simulation, and up to 9 compressors are also included.Tascam has announced an update for its 24-track / 24-bit workstation.  The updated model boasts a new look and new mastering effects along with the previous model’s eight microphone inputs, seven effects processors, and 80GB hard drive.
  • New mastering effects includes multi-band EQ, compression and limiting.
  • CD burner.
  • USB 2.0 jack

See Tascam for more info.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Tony Atilano July 11, 2009 at 8:17 am

I’m on my second project with my 2488neo and I love

it so far except for after setting an out point and
doing my stereo mixdown. The unit won’t let me go into
the mastering section. The screen says “Master Track is too short. Use MIXDOWN to correct it”. I set my out point and the song is 4 minutes long. What do I do? Anyone?


Todd September 18, 2009 at 7:01 am

Once you set your out point and get into the mixdown screen, make sure you are recording your master during mixdown (press play and record). I had the same problem. If you only press play during mixdown, you can still mix your song, but it won’t be recording. Therefore, you don’t have a recorded song to master.


Pake June 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I had a silly problem with this.. remember to press record first and hold it down, then press play. I tried to press them both down at the same time at first and it didn´t record. When I went out of mixdown it said master track is too short and I couldn´t figure out where the problem was :)


Watkinz Da General! August 21, 2009 at 9:36 pm



tigmit February 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

How do I set my out point? I am using tascam 2488 neo. Very knew at this.HELP!


scott March 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

my probl is i like to just record a 2 min song and the burn it on a cd it wont let me .. i have the tascam 2488 neo….. i hit the mastering switch and it tells me it to short Help please how to i make a 2 min song the mix it and burn it to cd .


paco March 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

After you record all of your tracks to a master NEO just press MIXDOWN/MATERING mk11 (menu) premastering. record and play and record to a master track to master your track ONLY NEO OWNERS press shift+master and you can set compresion eq and what ever you want to the whole signal as it is now 1 track hope this helps


paco March 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm



paco March 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

if you cant get your mastering tools to take effect on 2488 neo its because after mixdown and you have a recorded master track you apply the mastering tools and then you have to record play agian to record track along with the new mastering tools. after you record the mastering tools the file automaticaly overwrites and from there you can export master from menu>wave in/out>export master good luck


Carl April 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I hate the fact that you cannot burn a CD of a recording until you PRE-MASTER the ENTIRE track. I have many bands that would like a room recording of their rehearsal sessions but if I record a 70 minute session that means I need to PRE-MASTER 70 minutes after they are done making it impossible to give them a CD at the end of their 2 hr session, unless we record them in the first 70 minutes and they wait 15-20 minutes after for me to oremaster and burn CDs. Since this is a room recording and not a TRACK recording there really is no mixing involved in my process, just setting a level so having to wait 70 minutes for the track to in a sense, duplicate itself, is really a pain in the butt. Why can’t we just burn a CD of the session without premastering? would it be that much of a burden for Tascam to add this as a feature? It is really a shame.


Dick May 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

Recording neophyte here…have a Tascan 2488neo…finally fgured outhow to make a basic multi track recording. Next journey is into effects. Manual talks of “insert effects” and “mixdown effects.” Are “insert effects” those effects one asignes to a track via an input channel and “mixdown effects” the ones added to a song during the mixdown proces?

Manual also talks about MICX4 and MICX5 EFFECTS. Huh? Help!


danny October 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

How do I transfer my mixed song to my computer.


TSMANG April 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I have Tascam 2488 Neo, just bought it and recorded 14 channels. When I hit the master mix, it saids your master tracks is too short… How do I go from here to finish up my songs.. I need technical assistant. Please help me


Dave c September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Once you set your OUT go to the beginning of the song and set your IN. now you can hit the mix button. The tascam now knows the length of the song you want to mix.


David February 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Does anyone know how to take the effects off a track before it’s mixed? Even when I erase the track and re-record onto it, the effects is still there. Anyone know how to get it off?


Rooster October 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

All you have to do is hold your track button down and then press your effect button. It should go off.


gilbert March 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I have a tascam neo and I have beats on a cd I want to put the beats on the tascam to rap over them but don’t know how. Does the cd tray load it or do I need to do it through the USB connection


Oedipus Rex March 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I had the same issue. To sbe the master track you must first

Set out point .
Then mixdown the song. There is where the error is occurring. You must HOLD down record them press play. That will save the master allowing you to master the song . It doesn’t tell you this I. The manual. I hope this helps


roger May 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

how do i erase the master tracks?


Rooster October 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

You can record over them but it is not a good idea, because there are shadow tracks left on the hard drive that will degrade your overwrites. Better to go back to your basic tracts and rename them under a new song or use same name with a tag “rev”.


Caleb June 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

How do I cut off the first 30 seconds of a recording. I’ve set the in and out points. The out point works during mixdown but I can not get it start recording from the in point during mixdown or mastering.


Richard Ostrow February 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Guys n Girlz:

If you sell a New Tascam Neo2488 24-track Recorder, I’m in the market for one.

thanx for the info in advance!



Chris G. June 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

Any ideas as to how I clean out just the mastered tracks? They keep piling up and they are now heavily impacting on my premastering process. I need to delete the old ones.


Dave July 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

Excuse my ignorance, but I still find the effects situation on the Rascam2488 a little confusing. IN particular, there are two external effect sends shown on the back of the machine, but I see no sign of effect returns, and no help from the manual. What am I missing?

Thanks to anyone who can help.


mark January 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm

My master sounds good but when I make the cd and play in another cd player/stereo, it sounds very low. Should I record the initial track at a louder level?


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