>Thanks Bill! I was going to ask...
>And now, for one who has never had a DATA DAT in my system
>(only at studios where I've worked) what would be an
>acceptable unit that doesn't cost a million bucks? No SCSI
>here except my old old 9500... firewire? USB2?
>Thanks, a cursory search turned up nothing for me.
I use a Sony SDT-9000 (internal SCSI) with the free
command-line program DAT2WAV
(http://web.ncf.ca/aa571/dat2wav.htm). I bought one new last
year for $120.
I had to upgrade the firmware on the DDS drive to get it to
read audio, and it was a bit of a pain getting the program
to find the drive, but once it's configured correctly it
works very well. I don't have absolute faith in it, since I
have found instances where the program fails to correct some
errors, and some instances where it will skip a portion of
audio without flagging it, but this seems to happen when I
am doing other things on my computer while extracting a
tape, so I don't do other work when extracting. I also keep
a Sony R500 on hand just in case.
Here are some links that may be of help:
It's too bad nobody seems interested in writing a more
user-friendly program, but I guess I should just be happy
that I can still buy a DDS drive...