Sitting here with my Sony SDT-9000 DDS3 drive that has been lying
around waiting for me to get to it, I'm obviously fascinated by this thread.
I was hoping for new revelations that would re-kindle a fire under
the project but haven't seen them yet although it's comforting to see
that David Rice has had some documented success. The problem I have
had with the whole process is that DATXtract, for example, has to be
(ideally) run on a legacy Mac and produces AIFF files which are not
anyone's archival standard. The PC attempts (DAT2wav, etc) ran at the
command line level, were never completed and have since been
abandoned. I can certainly relate to Kevin Irelan's frustration.
There has been talk of a collaborative effort on this list. Is it
being proposed that those who will supply files from real time
transfers provide them as AIFF files for comparison?
There is mention of producing "Preservation Masters". From what fie
format? Are we suggesting batch converting to achieve preservation
master files? Batch converting can possibly open yet another can of
worms and will only produce a 16 bit fie.
If one is to use this medium for preservation master archival, then I
would suggest digitizing in real time from the analog output of your
best D/A converter capturing a 24/96 Wav file.
I remain confused. ;-)
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
At 05:23 AM 1/21/2010, you wrote:
>I endeavored over the course of many months to rip DATs in the manner
>one contributor to this thread advised with nothing but frustration to
>show for my effort. He and I both tried 3 different drives, numerous
>firmware and software versions and both applications that purport to
>make it possible. If you are the type of person that enjoys a challenge
>dealing with issues related to legacy software and hardware go for it.
>But, be prepared to spend a couple hundred dollars and many hours of
>time for no result. I would bet a substantial sum that you will fail.