I'd like to tap the collective brain (picture a non-invasive tap, like
a Vulcan mind-meld) about DATs, with eyes to a medium-sized (several
hundred DAT tapes, all dating from the 1990's) transfer project.
Answers gleaned from personal experience most appreciated.
1. does anyone on-list have experience with "ripping" audio DATs
directly to hard drive via a DAT data-tape drive? If so, what OS,
software and results are you getting? Is there a favored source for the
2. one key reason I was thinking for doing these DATs
digital-to-digital would be the real-time monitoring, so I could note
the locations of any dropouts or glitches. Assuming I'll find some, are
there any hidden tricks or tips to fixing them or is that audio lost on
a damaged segment of tape?
3. if done digital-to-computer, I'm assuming SPDIF, but does anyone
have personal experience indicating either coax or optical is
preferable? I was thinking optical, given the sometimes strange
grounding issues of a computer.
4. is there anything to be gained by running a simultaneous
analog-to-computer? I'm thinking, no, but I'm also thinking, I sure
don't have all the answers so there may be something unknown to me here.
5. once a DAT has been transfered, what is the proper storage method? I
was thinking, don't rewind it and make sure to store it in its
protective case. I was also thinking, if there is a label-sticker sheet
in the box, take it out since the glue sometimes gets gooey or oily
6. finally, are there any DAT brands/types with known sticky-shed
problems? Most of these DATs are BASF, but some are Ampex branded. I am
not at all sure that Ampex manufactured its own DATs, they may have
resold Japanese tape.
Thanks in advance for any tips/advice gleaned from personal experiences.
-- Tom Fine