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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Alyssa Ryvers
> Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 9:07 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DAT libraries and issues
> The "physical" problems I have encountered with DAT tapes, have been
> digital dropouts - that, I'm afraid, I don't know what, if anything,
> can be done about; and they are, as many of you know, more significant
> than analogue dropouts. Yep, digital...
> Alyssa Ryvers
> Composer / Sound Engineer
> Music North
> On 6-Feb-06, at 6:39 PM, seva wrote:
> > i've read many threads on issues surrounding playability. the one
> > looming now, for many people, are DAT tapes.
> > after completing a large archival transfer of hundreds of analog
> > tapes, and having very little trouble (only a few needed baking, they
> > were Ampex 407), i found it ironic to consider the next phase for most
> > collections. when mentioning the analog tape transfers, many
> > non-professional friends immediately wondered "wow! they were
> > playable?", and i mentioned that they were very much so, and that my
> > worries were much more toward the digital age media.
> > some who got the point mentioned that their early digital video tapes
> > were not playing well, and even the high-density 8mm and Hi-8 video
> > tapes... i think these were evaporated metal or metal particle, not
> > sure, but certainly different from Scotch 111 or 207...
> > i wouldn't be asking for a discussion if i'd found an archived thread
> > on this, so please forgive me if i overlooked it.
> > are there any known methods for playing DATs which don't want to play
> > even on the original recording machine?
> > anyone willing to mention competent DAT repair places, DAT machines
> > which seem to be more tolerant, and more gentle, to the tapes?
> > etc.
> > --
> > w/best regards,
> > seva
> > mastering engineer
> > http://www.soundcurrent.com
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