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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital Audio Preservation Question

I wouldn't write off DAT yet, even if new units aren't being produced at a reasonable price. Last year I had one machine overhauled that I bought on eBay for a very modest price and had repairs done on another one that had begun to give me grief. Repairs were done here:

L6T 4Z9

As well, new tapes are still available from American Digital at around $2.59 apiece in quantity.

The tapes are indeed holding up well. I have many that I recorded in the early and mid 90s, and I've had virtually no problems with them, the exceptions being some used DATs that I recorded over without bulk erasing them. Even my first machine, one of the few consumer models ever sold (a JVC), still plays back any dat recorded anywhere, including at 32k (long play).


Richard L. 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 and, with care, so are the head drums.

Bad: Machines are more-or-less out of production.

Bad: It is an officially dead format as far as I can tell -- or if a machine is available it's an $8,000 one.

Coupled with this are the DTRS tapes (8 mm video tapes with typically eight audio channels on them--Tascam DA88, etc.) and ADAT tapes (SVHS tapes with typically eight audio channels on them--Alesis, Studer, etc.)

In addition are some Akai 12-track analog cassette tapes and perhaps some other vendor specific analog and digital "porta-studio" tapes.

Also, I would suggest that MiniDisc is also going to be there soon and DCC (Digital Compact Cassette) is there already.

The Elcaset is not a huge risk as we can fairly easily pull the tape out of the cassette and play it on a reel-to-reel machine as I do with 8-tracks, RCA Sound Tape cartridges, and other formats.



Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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