Richard is 100% right. And, unlike reels and disks and cassettes, it's hard to argue with any
science behind you that you cannot get EXACTLY what is on a non-damaged DAT and put it on your hard
drive, using a simple digital cable. If a DAT was recorded at 44.1K sampling rate, then the same can
be said about a simple S/PDF or AES connection between a DAT machine and a CD recorder.
So I can't see any reason to make a big deal about "preserving" DATs. I CAN see making a huge deal
about transferring DATs to other digital media ASAP since DAT mechanisms are no longer made and it
is a fast-submerging format that is unlikely to be usable in a decade or two.
Bottom line -- any dollars you'd invest in "preserving" DATs is better invested in a
managed-hard-drive storage system (managed = drives continually refreshed and several backups of
every file, off-site backups preferable).
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DAT Archival Housing
> At 02:43 PM 2007-02-17, Farris Wahbeh wrote:
>>Any suggestions on how to archival-ly house DAT tapes would be most helpful.
>>Are the plastic cases that they come with archival-ly sound? What are some boxes that can be used
>>to house the tapes? Has anyone come across a box that fits both DAT and CD's together?
>>I can't seem to find any in the Gaylord catalog.
> That's because they and the machines they play on are not archival. The only archival way of
> storing a DAT tape IMHO is to transfer it to a digital repository or a gold phthalocyanine dye
> CD-R, with the former method preferred. DATs are living on borrowed time. THey are far more
> fragile than analog open reel and fewer machines were produced (I think) and few if any machines
> are being made now...just like open reel in a much shorter timeframe.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> 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.