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    recording 4 tracks on a tascam 488

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    I am using a tascam 488 (not the MKII) so i only have two gain knobs on the first two channels, and i want to record 4 tracks at once, will the fact that i don't have the GIAN knobs on channel 3, make that big of a difference?

    track 1 and 2 through CHANNEL 1: drums
    track 3 through CHANNEL 2: kick drum
    track 4 through CHANNEL 3: Guitar

    then i overdub Bass and vocals w/ back up vocals.....

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    Yo Ribs & no BBQ:

    You can try a couple of things if you need more "oomph." You can run the other two tracks through an RNC compressor and adjust the fader accordingly. Coincidently, the RNC has two ins/outs.

    Or you can run the tracks through a mic pre and adjust input gain accordingly until you get the "depth" punch you want.

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    Doesn't sound like he has an outboard mic pre.

    Could be a bit of a problem here then. I've never used a 488 and haven't really looked into them that much, but if you only have 2 gain/trim knobs, then you can only use two mics at once. The rest would be line ins...ala for the use of exteral preamps and such.

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    Nay, nay Yo Outlying Outlaws of the West:

    There are recording devices that only have two gain/uploud knobs; however, you can still patch into other tracks and use the fader as input.

    Depends on whether or not you're doing a vocal/other what you want to do.

    Fader input plus instrument volume input can do the job if you understand the process or are willing to experiment for a few hundred hours.

    Seems like everyone today wants to do CD Studio Quality stuff in 20 minutes.

    Ain't going to happen brotha!

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