(click thumbnail)TASCAM’s 2488mkII PortastudioThe 2488mkII from TASCAM is the new upgrade to the company’s 2488 24-track recorder/mixer/workstation or “Portastudio” as TASCAM calls them. Designed as an almost all-in-one product, the 2488mkII features a control surface with 20 faders, an LCD screen, jog wheel and tape-style transport controls.
An 80 GB hard drive is at the heart of the unit with a CD-RW drive serving as a helpmate. Other features include three-band channel EQ, digital guitar effects and a USB (2.0) port. Performance is 16-/24-bit/44.1 kHz.
The FireOne interface is a two-channel FireWire I/O box with handy controls built-in. Unusual is the large, weighted, backlit jog/shuttle wheel. The backlight can be programmed to work as a metronome for example. The eight “F” buttons ringing the jog wheel are also programmable.
There are also several function buttons (including pad and phantom power) and tape-style transport controls. Performance is 24-bit/192 kHz. The unit was codesigned with Frontier Design.
For more information, visit TASCAM’s Web site at www.tascam.com.