Tascam Portastudio 2488
Tascam Portastudio 2488

Portastudio 2488, Digital Multrack-studio from Tascam.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 12 reviews )
 9 reviews75 %
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 1 user review8 %
Value For Money : Excellent

ericthegreat's review"great for beginners"

Tascam Portastudio 2488
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.

moosers's review

Tascam Portastudio 2488
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!

flopy25000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
See section INFORMATION or other notices


The configuration is simple, once you understand the logic.
The manual lacks a bit of clarity. But once we made the manipes 2 or 3 times with the manual, it will ...
It is quite possible to copy / paste or back. ;) (Is not it her-V)
It is true that it is less instinctive than a PC.


The A / D converters and D / A are transparent. I is not heard no breath sounds or parrasites. The effects are not terrible. Personally I do not using. But perhaps taking the time to settle ...
Another negative point, the screen ... It is very tiring. There are the HGR2488 but hard to find. Especially in France.


I am not my computer and quickly ordis drunk ... So for me it suits me pafaitement. There's ways to make good models, see more ... After that I'm not a Pro.
The price / quality ratio is good secondhand even encors today ...

her-V's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Lost time"

Tascam Portastudio 2488
The features are easily findable everywhere.
So I let you do.


The general configuration is ca.
In the sub menu is more complicated of course, as well as other things we do and we would seem natural.

I do have never managed to do a copy / paste!


Normal for this type of product.


It is better to deviate from this product to move Green I think the computer (a personal MacBookPro or iMac + Logic + sound card)

Example to make a mix, do not miss it, because otherwise everything must be redone.
So I spent the whole night, to re-mixes because I miss a few seconds I was more concentrated.
While the computer would help to keep your mix, and improve it as and as it keeps all settings in memory.
The computer allows you to work in time cleaner, more accurate and even good quality.

In addition, the computer keeps a constantly changing with technology.

I lost about 3 years and I discovered that I was more than bored.
Especially these three years have been one of the most active periods in terms of production and recording. I would have been able to take this time to create even more. But it's fate ...

This is my biggest frustration-time musician

Azz972's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
To see the technical characteristics from Tascam.
Jack or XLR 8 inputs, coaxial digital in
For my part I have replaced the hard drive, I put a 160 gigas (warning do not put anything in it.
8-track recording and reading 24 + full in virtual


Setup and use super simple, user manual is welcome from time to time.
Manuel clear


I did not notice breath or other parasites, it works wonderfully.
The effects are not too bad, but I record gross and I send and deals on pc.
But it is possible to master a not too bad just with the tascam if you have nothing else.


Since 2007, no problem, or very quickly repaired by myself, I bought it on the net and received a half-broken but I quickly repaired it the tascam is good junk.
I analyzed a lot of models, but my ideal budget Akai was another, and having already had a tascam teac 144 K7, I trust the experience and strength and I do not regret it.
I do it again the same choice even when compared to version 2 I failed but I take MIDI in addition, it helps a little.
(Demo on my myspace, made with 2488, the title "dub it now"

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
All t adja said.


Essential manual.
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 least:
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.

cyssoux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
Hi, I use the 2488 for quite some time.

-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.

shelob's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
Nobody really talks, but a revolution of 2488 this is the MIDI sound ...
and yes you connect your 2488 to your PC, of ​​course you buy the 2488 and you do not want to invest in a sound card too expensive ... 2488 plays whatever role of expander!
And it's great .... a master keyboard to the PC, the MIDI IN of the PC in the tascam and go for the midi sounds ... The MIDI sounds are respectable, much better than a lot of sound card that cost a fortune ... after it on .. you can associate other expander ...


The handling is quick to use basic ...
Once you start to get into the technique, it is not the 2488 who we stop ... is the documentation that is really light ... you spend three days trying to figure out things that are not explained in the doc ... it's a shame, because when you find .... use is simple, but a full doc we avoid looking ....
but quickly forgotten or ... very good sound quality mic phantom power supply, no need really preamp .... with a good condenser mic is terrible ...
effects are respectable for a table at this price that offers voice effects, guitar effects, an expander midi ... enough to mix and burn ... It's really good.
Purists will always find fault with the quality of effects etc. .... a table that manages a while it occurs only in the 2488 ...
I also use guitar effects, with the song .... Some good combination
I put 9 / 10 the table and storage for future ... but 2 / 10 doc for the shit.


The sound is very good ...
but always the same ... requires the microphone that comes with it ....

Not expect a great sound with a microphone carrouffff!!

effects, well there is this problem of "single" that requires you to assign the effect, and then bounce to another track if you want to use a different effect on another voice, without touching the one that have just been bounced ... (It's not very clear, but those using the 2488 know what I mean ...) I even read on the forums that some believe they can affect only one purpose ... Well no ... but must bouncer! c true is boring ...
7 / 10 because of the bounce forced


So I have been using 1year ...
I'm starting to realize now how it works ....

Why I bought this model for the generator's playing Expander ... and the integrated effects ....
and of course PRICE ....

So a table that I advise those who want a home studio solution with or without a PC ... without having to purchase a quantity of effects, expander, rack, everything you want ....
The 2488 that is sufficient to itself ... it is the only market to offer all in one.

louphi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
I bought this beautiful machine and high-tech trs I am happy because it really is a beautiful device trs.
Dynamic-mastering really great for this type of machine as compared to the price of hardware mastering, it was a really good rsultat (but the rest of the model all of the same!) Saw the price of the machine and the price of mastering gear.
Good effects of micro-and decision-vote provided they are excellent possde a good condenser microphone. With the power supply fantme and insert effects (compressor, d-esser and expander) sound of the voice is really stunning. No need for external prampli 10 000 balls (in CHF). The voice work is excellent, as I said.
- There's everything you need to do a good job: correcting legalization more than adequate, quite a few tracks stro,, panoramic position in the mix of effective memory of scnes (saw) all the possibilities of numrique (copy and paste silences, Repport tracks ... etc ... it's described on the doc), making guitar faade, g Midi nrateur its great, the drum patterns are well worth my old pace bote Boss), imports and exports in MIDI and WAV files, efficient burner, USB ......... short, it's beautiful work and again, for the price (1390 euros in Toulouse Music-Action), there's still no better for 24 tracks.

-The Multi-effects guitar, for heavy distortion is really low-end (well, from Tascam, the effects, it is not their thing sr). The flanger, chorus, phaser, compressor and Exciters are not too bad, but distos ..... It's really too synthetic and even in the piece of BMD of the gear, guitars, it's really not a. But we n'achte no such gear for guitar effects and any good guitar home the hardware Necessary for having the sound.
The manual, which is really too amber (those in compar Fostex for instance) and that really leaves on the end if we did not used to this kind of enregitreur. But with a little understanding, practice and visit our site prfr even when you get there. But they could make an effort and add some pages for us to put together a record sale complte A Z for example.
-A little less, is the absence of two headphone jacks on the faade. It's not much, but I was on my old Fostex 280 and when working two (or listen to someone for example) is a little more. Otherwise, we use the cost of proximity but at night is not!!

Voil. If c'tait again, I Rasht because the ratio quality price is excellent for me. There's more that esprer it is solid and it will not crash (but, there's a lot of the element of chance in it). It is guaranteed three years at Music-Action and in three years, provided one uses the max, it was time to see the future possibly failure. In addition it is the Tascam and when they are even with the Fostex matres gender. In short, I'm happy and I put rev 9 / 10 because you can not get 10/10 is like the school. That day, I think, the best machine 24 tracks the price and the quality. Dpchez you for a price increase rcente and would be a shame to go back to ct Tascam on the market already well supplied multi numriques.

Although you and any questions, Do not hesitate.


See above. 8 because of the manual


See above 8 because of the guitar effects


See above

roro's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam Portastudio 2488
Clock and MTC sync
8 tracks simultaneously in record mode
24 simultaneous recording
player / CD recorder
import export wave files
40 GB hard drive

while the 24-bit


I use it for the month of June is a tool for authors trs prcieux composers arrangers, it is pro trs, the sound is neutral, the use is very simple

IDAL is the tool for those who want to record their songs in multitrack Faie a true model, then empty into a major studio to make an album.
For those who do live like me IDAL is the tool for a big sound and a load time between 10 seconds to 5 titles.
I do not regret my choice, I Achter de new


Trs good dynamic


4 months
this is the best quality price
I was advised by t he sound technician