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 Post subject: anyone using a Tascam 688?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:08 pm 
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this thing is bugging me out a bit. nothing like my 244. help

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 Post subject: Re: anyone using a Tascam 688?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:58 pm 
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Yep. What's the matter?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:23 am 
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legend! thank you.

I'm trying to record 8 Line B tracks simultaneously but i can only seem to monitor tracks 1 and 2. if i hit record, it records all 8 but id like to obviously monitor all 8 and adjust levels before it hits the tape.

i pull up the matrix 10 preset and change the inputs from mix to line for all 8 tracks and leave the assign as is eg. 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 etc

the manual doesn't really touch on multitrack recording and in all the forums I've been to everyone seems just as confused as me.

are you able to break the matrix down for me?
and what's the difference between the normal tracks and the dual tracks besides the eq not affecting the dual tracks?

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 Post subject: Re: anyone using a Tascam 688?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:29 am 
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Hey,

I'm breaking down the whole process into little steps. I guess you already know most of this but maybe you'll find that one tiny piece that's missing.

Recoding

1. Connect your speakers to "Monitor out" not group out "1/L 2/R".

2. Connect the outputs of your device(s) to the channel inputs (Line B in your case) of the 688

3. Set up the routing
From what you've written I'd say you already did that correct. Set all main inputs to "Line" in the "Input" matrix. Assign each channel to a different group (input 1 -> group 1, input 2 -> group 2) in the "Assign Main" matrix.

4. Arm recording for each group. All "Recording Function" LED's should be on.

5. Change the "Monitor" to "Cue monitor". Not "Group 1-2". Not both. Just "Cue monitor".

6. Pull up the group master faders

7. Adjust recording and monitoring levels
Set all EQ's to 12 o'clock. Press play on your device. Use the channel faders to adjust the level for each channel so that they are slightly in the red (more in the red if you want more tape saturation, less in the red if you want more hiss). Adjust EQ if needed. With all channels at full blast your monitor mix will sound quite different to what you want your final mix to sound like. For that reason there is the "Cue monitor" section where you can adjust the level and panning for each group.

8. Put in a cassette, press "Record" and "Play", let it roll for a few seconds, press "Pause" and then "Reset".

9. Press "Play" on the 688, wait a second and then press play on your device.

10. When you've finished recording, press "Stop" then "RTZ". Press "Play" to listen to your recording.

11. If you are not satisfied with the results repeat from step 7


Mixdown

1. Switch to scene 12 (Main input 1-8 from tape, all channels assigned to group 1-2)

2. Change "Monitor" to "Group 1-2". Make sure "Cue Monitor" is off.

3. All EQ's to 12 o'clock

4. Press "Play"

5. Mix! (Adjust channel faders, EQ's and stuff)

6. Record your final mix.


Alnitak_Kid wrote:
and what's the difference between the normal tracks and the dual tracks besides the eq not affecting the dual tracks?


Dual tracks are just additional inputs you can use during recording or mix down. With the "Dual Link" buttons you can merge the signals of the main and dual input for recording. That way you have 20 inputs instead of 10.

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 Post subject: Re: anyone using a Tascam 688?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:23 pm 
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oooh man, you are an absolute saviour. thank you for taking the time to spell it all out! really.

my snags were...

Pip Molinsky wrote:
5. Change the "Monitor" to "Cue monitor". Not "Group 1-2". Not both. Just "Cue monitor".

and...
Pip Molinsky wrote:
Mixdown

1. Switch to scene 12 (Main input 1-8 from tape, all channels assigned to group 1-2)

2. Change "Monitor" to "Group 1-2". Make sure "Cue Monitor" is off.


it all makes sense now. what a unit..
do you mind if at some stage i make a video explaining how to set all this up?
i reckon there's a bunch of people out there looking for this advice. ill make sure to credit you.

anyway, thanks again man. i owe you

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 Post subject: Re: anyone using a Tascam 688?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:58 pm 
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Alnitak_Kid wrote:
do you mind if at some stage i make a video explaining how to set all this up?


Yeah, sure, go ahead.
I don't feel like I did something special so you don't have to ask me. I'm glad I could help.

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