Tascam has a long history of providing great all-in-one recording solutions for musicians since early 4 track cassette recorders hit the scene. Since then, Tascam has been busy pumping out many different types of recording hardware that still follows the all-in-one approach. The Tascam 2488neo 24-Track Digiital Recorder is a cost effective machine that, while it tries to do everything, still manages quite well to record good demos. That being said, it is not as easy as recording with your PC and some audio software, such as Cubase or ProTools. However, the Tascam 2488 Neo is much more cost effective and portable (relatively speaking).
The Tascam 2488neo retails for around $699 and has a large and attractive mixing board combined with a generally pretty tiny screen (monchromatic colors), and even a CD burner (perhaps the most handy feature). The number of inputs that the Tascam 2488 Neo has is quite good, at 8 mic inputs, making this quite capable at recording and miking a full drum set, or for live performances using the Tascam 2488neo. Built in mastering effects such as reverb, compression, amp emulations, and EQ processing still do not match that of software offerings on a PC, but still manage to sound quite good in the Tascam 2488neo. The EQ is 3-band EQ on 24 channels, which makes this machine quite a flexible digital multi track recorder.
The Tascam 2488neo also has three(3) Aux sends, which will allow a person to have a bunch of digital rack equipment pumped into the Tascam recorder. Specifically regarding the 8 inputs, you get 4 XLR phantom power doublers as 1/4" mic/line inputs, plus four more 1/4" mic/line inputs. This is a great variety.
In the age of iPod Touches, iPads, and even high resolution cell phones, the colorless LCD display is pretty much the worst thing about the Tascam 2488neo. It is hard to view from side angles and is quite bright when working in low light conditions. Worse still, fixing and scrubbing audio waveforms is quite cumbersome and thus you should probably export your recorded tracks to a digital PC recorder such as Cubase or ProTools LE in order to properly fix your tracks. The Tascam 2488neo does thankfully have a high speed USB 2.0 plug for easily connecting to your computer. This small screen and the lack of the ability to plug in a monitor or mouse makes it very hard to use. That being said, the actual mixing board with physical knobs are made very well and make adjustments very easy and pleasurable.
All in all, the great debate in the DAW workstation world is whether or not these standalone multitrack recorders still have a place in our hearts now that the home PC or Apple Macbook has much more power than these little devices could ever dream of. Basically, it may be a wiser investment to but some digital mixing board that interfaces with your home computer and building your studio from there. Tascam will have a hard time selling these things as the years progress, unless they improve the displays and make them easier to work with. Again, Tascam has been wise and is now marketing these boxes to those who will be recording live music and need a portable DAW (digital workstation). That being said, even a notebook computer has more power than the Tascam 2488neo and is vastly more portable.
Weight the pros and cons of owning this machine. The Tascam 2488neo is a solid machine for the price, just keep in mind what your overall goal for recording are before purchasing this thing. DO NOT buy the Tascam 2488neo because you think it will convince people who visit your basement that you have a legit home studio just because this thing has a bunch of nice looking knobs and faders, the device is much less powerful than your computer!
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