Available at 27.Oct.2012:
Tascam Division - TEAC Europe GmbH
Pitti, I read you post about missing things on DP-24 and looks like DP-32 is following the same path.
Couldn't read the german version of the manual but looks like a DP-24 with extra stereo tracks. For sure is missing digital I/O.
32 tracks with 8 INs make it a studio machine. I can't understand why extra stereo tracks without any s-pdif IN on today's digital reality, most keyboard, serious effects, mixers, drum machines and so has s-pdif out. A good deal would be 8 analog INs with a least 2 s-pdif INs to make sense. May be, also a digital send which is the only thing that is missing on Neo.
I love my 2488 Neo !!!
Tascam DP32 at Tascam Japan
To be honest I'm not sure I get the point. There appear to be no differences between the DP32 and the DP24 other than the fact that 8 tracks have been added. There are less MONO tracks now: 8 mono and 12 stereo. They squeezed in an extra 2 faders. No digital IN/OUT or monitor interface. Kind of a strange "big brother" to the R24. 8 more tracks is always good...but you'd have thought that might "bump it up" with a few really impressive improvements. Maybe Zoom has a new 32 tracker about the hit the market and Tascam just wanted to get something out there in a hurry. Hmmmm.
Ok, it's an impressive machine, but here's what I don't get:
Why the linked stereo tracks?
Isn't that a fairly obvious limitation of these units?
Is there a way to seperately record the tracks?
Can you record a pair of mono tracks and shift them over to the paired fader?
Is there really that much utility for a stereo track?
Is it for stereo keyboard sounds and guitar effects?
Stereo room mics?
I mean, I'm not dense. I have my own ideas, but I've always regarded it as a limitation more than a feature.
Please enlighten me.
PS: In the upper right corner you can click to translate the page into English.
I agree with all above and add : How 32 tracks/48/24 will work with SD cards ? What about the cost of super fast SD cards per GBytes, at least for now.
Yes there is a English version....
On Euro Tascam 2488 Neo is listed as discontinued product while on Tascam.com is still there. It's a shame. I still qualify Neo the Pro version of these portastudios.
the 2488Neo is discontinued here, too. All the dealer's new stock is either gone or on a "use-til-gone" basis. There's still some new stock floating around there, but F/I musiciansfriend dot com has the Neo listed as "1-used available". Searching thru Amazon might turn up more new stock, but it's hit and miss at this point. Product life cycle of these units is frighteningly short!
Last edited by A Reel Person; 09-21-2012 at 10:37.
but americanmusical com turns up the NEO @ $549 "In Stock" and
zzounds com turns up the NEO @ $549 "Only 1 Left!" and likewise
samedaymusic com turns up the NEO @ $549 "Only 1 Left!"
bhphotovideo com turns up the NEO as "No Longer Available"
There may be others to search & find, but I'll bet it's much the same thing everywhere you look.
Of course that doesn't exclude finding new 2488 Neo's on eBay from lesser gear suppliers. YMMV.
Bye bye 2488 Neo, & hello DP-24!!!
but that's progress for you!
There have been good products that have come and gone in a flash. There have been product features that were phased out in successive generations. There have been some improvements and some corners cut, on balance I'm not sure what's more, one or the other.
F/I, there may have been people who were absolutely in love with the original 2488's SMF player capability, embedded drum patterns, etc. Gone!
There was a forward looking product called the PS5, Pocketstudio 5. Why "5"? It was a 4-traker hand held that had an embedded midi arranger/player. Next generation never came out, but was replaced by the DP-004, 4 tracker with data format improvements, but the Midi arranger/player feature of the PS5 went "poof"!
... and on & on it goes!
I'm still of the mind that the Tascam 246 and 388 were pinnacles of engineering, gone the way of the Do-Do-Bird ages ago! In technology terms that's ancient history!
the DP-32 looks like a decent unit, FWIW.
I think the DP-24/32's color screen and strategic knobs are a marked improvement from the 2488 series, but then there were valuable things dropped from that series too. That's from me, a non-user, an outsider looking in.
Not sure I'll pop for a DP- any time soon, or at all, but I'd not dismiss it out of hand.
While Neo is disappearing we can see like 16 used DP-24 on MFriends gently used. Isn't a lot of returns for such recent launched and great machine ?
"Product life cycle of these units is frighteningly short!"
It frighteningly short on production but the features tell me how long it really survives, with good care I'll give a long life for My Neo because for me there is nothing like it or better for the price range, already get spare Hard Disk
I don't believe on trow away what you have and buy the new one. I believe that while it works for me I'll keep it.
Do you know BOSS SE-70 a do everything multi effect, including vocoder and guitar synth ? It last for a few months. (1993, 20 years ago product) Boss stop the production and then launch a few modules that together never did the same SE-70 did and does. SE-70 was TOO GOOD for the price, "let's stop it" Still a great box ! $150 - $200 on Ebay. I will never stop using it.
I'm sure I will have to upgrade my computer, software a few times but still have my Neo running .....
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