I didn't want to do an D-A-D conversion, whether the sound quality is
good or not. A digital only workflow makes a better workflow since I
don't need to determine audio quality, set levels, etc. Also some of
the D-D workflows can happen at faster than real time and retrieve
the metadata on the tape.
The problem I had was related to DATXtract software. It would give
errors for long play 32kHz 12 bit recordings.
I have since installed ubuntu/linux onto my Mac, installed read_DAT
and can now pull off 44.1/16, 48/16, AND 32/12.
It separates the files according to the start/stop markers (which
running SPDIF out through audacity can't do).
And it generates detail files that provide the metadata of the tape
including the recording time which is very helpful for cataloguing
(with an d-a-d workflow this data is also lost or likely never
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On Jul 18, 2007, at 4:12 PM, Karl Miller wrote:
> Dave Rice <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ***I am looking for
> suggestions on how to digitally extract 32kHz 12 bit audio from DAT
> tapes. I have a DAT player that will play 32kHz but since my MBox2
> only takes S/PDIF at 44.1 or 48, I've had to do digital->analog-
> >digital conversions which I would like to avoid.
> I have a similar configuration and do the D to A to D
> conversions... my rationale being, I didn't have an all digital
> solution and that the sound quality of the 32kHz tapes wasn't very
> good in the first place.