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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital Audio Preservation Question

You could quality control a DAT recording by using an audio enabled Digital Data Storage drive to read the tape and check the error logs. Software like DATXtract with log all the read errors, what timecode they occurred at, and dump the metadata for that recording as well. We've used DDS drives to read off the contents of several hundred DAT tapes and found error rates comparable to miniDV.

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On Apr 15, 2008, at 1:19 PM, Jim Sam wrote:

At 09:15 AM 4/15/2008, Richard Hess wrote:
At 12:56 PM 2008-04-14, Don Cox wrote:

I suspect the biggest audio problem in the future will be DAT.

There is good and bad news in this regard.

Good: We are finding that by and large DAT tapes are lasting longer than expected

Not in my experience. As I noted in my talk at the conference last month, in the archives, we're seeing a decent amount of errors on DATs no more than 8 years old. In my personal collection, I have a DAT purchased and first recorded in 2002 whose life span was less than four years (and this was unique material I'd really, really like to hear again). When you can't have 100% confidence in, say, a four year old recording absolutely playing back flawlessly, that's a huge problem.


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