TASCAM 2488 Neo (or MKII)s

TASCAM 2488 Neo (or MKII) Mixer Automation  

and Remote Control With Sonar or any Controller


Mixer Automation and Remote Control With Sonar or any Controller Description:


I've been looking at 2488 MIDI implementation chart and commands and I find out that to remote control Faders and Input Gain, also some others others parameters from a controller or Sonar is not that complicated. It applies to all versions of 2488.

The only setting necessary on 2488 is to set the Faders to JUMP or CATCH on the 2488 MIXER Setting instead of REAL. I personally prefer JUMP. You don't need to change any Midi parameter to Remote or so, unless you are also controlling transport.

Before start your test with 2488 I recommend to create and work on a test song so you don't mess with any song you are working seriously.

The main concept is that 2488 permits to control actually most of parameters (not the Master Section on Neo or the Sub-Mix on all versions).

Tascam 2488 controls the tracks parameters in 3 groups of 8 channels/tracks and one group for the Input (including Gain). With Midi Controllers messages it is possible to control Volume, Gain, Pan, EQ, Sends and select Effects but for one group at the time.



These instructions can be used to program any Control Surface or Controller that can be programmed to send Bank Select and Midi Controllers.

At the end you will find instructions to configure Cakewalk Sonar defining 2488 as a instrument as any other Synth.

The only difference is that won't be any note, you will record only Controllers, Volume, Pan, etc.

Controlling the MIXER



Eight Midi Channels will respectively correspond on 2488 to one track, 2488 permits select only one group of 8 tracks at a time.

Another Midi Channel will be used to select which group will be active. And another will be used for the Stereo output track and it is not part of any group.

These will be the Midi Channels that control the Mixer. More Midi Channels are used for Effects, but I will explained on other section.

Midi Channels 1 to 8 - Are the track strips. Remember that just one group of 8 tracks can be active at the time, when then it will be able to receive values to set Mixer parameters, Volume, Gain, Pan, EQ, Sends.

First group are tracks 1 through 8, second group are 9 through 16, third group are tracks 17 through 24 and fourth group are the input A through H. Only one group can be active at the time.

The group is selected sending a Bank Select message to channel 15.

Midi Channel 15 - On this Channel will be sent the Bank Select message to choose which group will be active:
 
  • Bank 0 means group of tracks 1 through 8, using Midi Channel 1 through 8 to receive Midi Controllers to correspondent Track
     
  • Bank 1 means group of tracks 9 through 16, using Midi Channel 1 through 8 to receive Midi Controllers to correspondent Track
     
  • Bank 2 means group of tracks 17 through 24, using Midi Channel 1 through 8 to receive Midi Controllers to correspondent Track
     
  • Bank 3 means Inputs A through H, using Midi Channel 1 through 8 to receive Midi Controllers to correspondent Input
     
Midi Channel 16 - Is the Main Stereo. It doesn't matter which Bank is selected on Midi Channel 15. Midi Channel 16 will always be the Stereo.

There is no information about the Sub-Mix, thus is not possible to control the Sub-Mix. The same with the Master section on Neo.

The controllers that can be send to 2488 to the selected tracks on Midi Channels 1 to 8 and to the Stereo track when it make sense are:

7- Volume, Master Level on Channel 16
10- Pan
11- Attenuation
16- EQ Low Freq
17- EQ Low Gain
18- EQ Mid Freq
19- EQ Mid Gain
20- EQ Mid Q
21- EQ High Freq
22- EQ High Gain