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Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital Audio Preservation Question
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.