The Tascam Porta Studio will give you everything you need to get up and running and creating great music. With very little recording experience under my belt I have been able to turn out good quality work. Ive been wanting to get into home recording for a while now and I needed an affordable way to begin. After many hours of research, the NEO has been by far the best decision I could have made. It's a little intimidating at first especially when you first unbox it but once you get the basics down...it's all gravy from there. The manual could be a little more comprehensive, especially for beginners!
I recommend purchasing the instructional video. YouTube also has short instructional videos. I have called TASCAM Customer Service twice so far and both experiences have been excellent. quick, comprehensive, knowledgeable answers, advice and instruction! I bought the package deal and the accessories that come with NEO are awesome. The condenser mic is an AT2020. I have recorded a lot of vocals and acoustic guitar and the audio quality is excellent for the price. I added a Shure SM57 dynamic mic. This set up is good for your live gear as well. I haven’t had much experience in analog gear and this was easy for me to set up and use.
I've recorded, mixed, and mastered 2 tunes - basically for practice. There's almost nothing you can't do with this thing. The condenser mic that came with the package sounds very good- guitar, acoustic and vocs. My only complaint is the manual - not so detailed. But I did find the Tascam forums and the face book page so that helps a lot.
If you are looking to make great recordings and have a low budget I would highly recommend the tascam port studio 2488 to anyone wanting to get into analog mixing and recording. Unit also isn’t that heavy so you can take it around with your if you need it to be mobile.
The Tascam Portastudio 2488 is a digital multi-track portable recording unit. It has 24 tracks, with four mic preamps and four 1/4 inch inputs. It has hard disc that you record to and also has a CD burner. While it has 24 tracks, the last couple of tracks are stereo tracks and can't be split.
The configuration and general set up of the 2488 is pretty easy, but does take a bit of getting used to, just in terms of toggling between the screens and finding your way around the menus. It is easy to use after a little practice and really has a lot of options built in. The manual is thorough and clear and is definitely worth having around while you are using this.
The sound quality of the converters and preamps are surprisingly pretty good, and so are most of the built in effects. While the preamps definitely sound a bit tinny at time and aren't the fullest, they are usable and will work fine for the project studio. It has a lot of capabilities in terms of different effects and with a few good mics you can get some pretty good sounding recordings with this if you know what you are doing. The only downfall of this unit is that it is nearly impossible to edit the audio and isn't ideal for mixing with.
The Tascam 2488 was the first recording unit I got about six years ago when I wanted to get into recording. It worked great for two years for me until I upgraded to a computer based recording system. To me, a computer based system is better than something like this because it has wider capabilities in terms of editing and mixing. This being said, this unit is well made and will do the job when recording demos or other home studio ventures. The price has fallen considerably since everyone is using computer based systems, so if you are looking for a portable recording unit like this one, this is a great deal!
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cyssoux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
-24 Tracks, effects, 8 among recording, no compression, equalo okay ...
- But more importantly, the opportunity to work in close and essential (with time) complicit with a pc. Recording on the Tascam 2488 anywhere, reliability hard drive is recognized, aprsrglage on the PC (such as an external hard drive), file processing on the PC, files relating rinjection s, mixing, mastering, engraving ...
And everything in aillant luxury to synchronize the two ...
-A Unfortunately crappy catch (dconcertant!), Unclear tiny shit ...
-no motor faders ... At departure it is believed that this is luxury, but with time ... I who had a 4416 from Yamaha (but 16 tracks and no dialogue with a PC)
Easy to use, one press of the button input 1 and the same time we support on a track for the routing, similar to the effects. Design of the logical screen.
The manual is not essential as given the simplicity of the device.
No compression, very good converter.
The effects and qualos are correct, but it comes fast processing on a PC.
Very good momentum, in addition to the final, when burning, this unit adjusts the volume level of each song.
I had a DMT8 (Fostex) VS880 (Rolland), 4416 (Yamaha), now the 2488 (Tascam) and I can say that I feel a great revolution in my purchases.
For me it is the logical purchase for that period.
Now I would like Tascam vraimment that make an effort (for his next model) at the notch. He became, in time, a trsbte and disability.
And of course, the motorized faders would be perfection.
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The basic for recording quickly maitriss
Nothing to say for fxs, if not I plussois prcdent with the notice:
Pramp obliged to external distos.
For the rest, it's good.
I used two years ago. (I also bought a 2nd meantime)
The quality and permitted capabilities.
The notch lighting a review of the cost
The problems of stability in heavy use "mobile" .It is a bcane who do not like the frquent trips. (I have a permit HDD)
Unable to hard disks: Brand Seagate does not dpassant 160GB (model not as rpandu).
Buying a 3rd is not in anticipation (with 2, I have what I need).
This is a very good bcane that despite some small manipulations that require delving into the manual is very affordable in addition to offering a very good sound quality.