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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital Audio Preservation Question
Speaking of all this, what formats were used with the Commodore computers in the 80's? I remember a
very primative "computer music" setup at college, circa 1984-88, based around a Commodore color
computer and a Radoshack TRaSh-80. Come to think of it, what sound format(s) did the TRS-80 use?
For what it's worth, as I recall, the output of the computers were dumped onto Tascam multi-tracks
and then over-dubbed with more bad-sounding nonsense from the computers. I think the computer
programs were saved on 5.25" floppies but it may have been cassette tapes for the older gear. I
remember thinking, I guess they can't spring for a Synclavier.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Cox" <doncox@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 12:49 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital Audio Preservation Question
On 14/04/08, Frank Strauss wrote:
Nothing that I know of can read the images that were produced by an
Apple ][ based graphics system that we used around 1980. There are
many custom graphics setups from that period whose output will be
lost unless somebody managed to convert it in time.
Even reading cp/m data disks at all is very difficult.
And we are talking about a period that is considered quite recent in
audio recording terms.
Maybe some of those images were saved on the 5 1/4" Apple 140 kb
floppy disk drive.
Fortunately I was able to transfer most of them to "modern" floppies
before the Apple gear was thrown out. But suppose you were presented
with such disks, with images (or audio) that needed to be preserved, you
would be in difficulties.
Physical data carriers are just as much a problem as data formats.
And the example is just one of hundreds of formats that were in use in
Audio is actually in a good position - relatively few formats were used,
compared to graphics.