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Portastudio 488 mk2

TASCAM Portastudio 488 mk2
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The word "ultimate" means not only the "best of its kind" , but also "the last". TASCAM's 488 MkII Portastudio may well go down in history as both: its performance and design are exemplary, and yet the inexorable price descent of digital recorders could make this the last of a proud line.

For those new to multitrack recording history, it was TASCAM who first came up with the concept of combination mixer/recorders that were both relatively portable and affordable. They were also the first to be innovative enough (or crazy enough, engineering-wise) to put 8 tracks on a cassette tape. Even today, the concept remains a good one; you still can't hook a mixer to a recorder and expect to come anywhere near the convenience or cost of a 488. And the best of the new, shiny digital multitrack recorders can only hope to boast that they're as easy to operate as a 488.

The 488 MkII is an 8-track cassette recorder with an integral 12-input mixer with 3-band EQ (variable midrange) on the 8 main channels, dbx noise reduction, two effects sends, two channel inserts, and two phantom-power-capable XLR mic inputs. It can record up to four tracks at a time on a cassette running at twice normal speed (for best frequency response and reliability, the "normal" 1 7/8 ips speed was omitted). It has manual and auto punch-in, rehearsal mode, one-touch return to zero, and two settable memory locations.

You can read the complete specs, but basically the 488 MkII is an 8-track cassette recorder with an integral 12-input mixer with 3-band EQ (variable midrange) on the 8 main channels, dbx noise reduction, two effects sends, two channel inserts, and two phantom-power-capable XLR mic inputs. It can record up to four tracks at a time on a cassette running at twice normal speed (for best frequency response and reliability, the "normal" 1 7/8 ips speed was omitted). It has manual and auto punch-in, rehearsal mode, one-touch return to zero, and two settable memory locations.

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three new lo fi ditties

three new tracks! main instrument is emu e6400 ultra w/ rfx32, kick drums are jomox mbase 01, synths are vermona perfourmer, recorded onto 8 tracks of cassette tape w/ a tascam portastudio 488 mk2. last track turned out a bit gainy, let me know if it sounds not distorted on decent speakers. https://soundcloud.com/sonoransoundlab/tvmarimba https://soundcloud.com/sonoransoundlab/flipr https://soundcloud.com/sonoransoundlab/nontitledwav

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Tascam Portastudio : What's that voltage regulator ?

I've just got my TASCAM 488 mk2 (amazing machine) but the ReturnToZero button is dead. It's a simple tactile switch, i think its serial number is SKHVBE3520-TK but it seems discontinued... I have similar switches but they have 4 pins, whereas these ones need 2 pins in their center only. The 4...

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Tascam Portastudio tape speed problem

Hi I have a PORTA 07 and a PORTA 488 mk2 The tapes recorded on the PORTA 07 sound much slower on the PORTA 488mk2, like 7 semitones lower. i thought these two units were both operating at double speed, 3-3/4 ips ?? The 488 mk2 doesn't have a speed option, and both units have the pitch...

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