Here are four suggestions to a probable cause:
- Assuming you are transferring digitally, the sound card might have
been clocking to another source - check input settings on the soundcard
- The Wavelab record window might be set to 44.1kHz instead of the
incoming (digital signal) 48K - check the Wavelab record settings
- The PC might be running out of memory - check there is enough
harddisk space, restart, defrag and close any other background processes
- also make sure Wavelab is not minimized or in the background, it
doesn't like that!
- If all else fails confirm the cabling from DAT to input is plugged
in sufficiently, then try a different cable (unlikely but possible)
Other routes could be to swap the DAT machine and chase the fault. Also
keeping DAT machine heads clean with dry cleaning tape.
One question I have, does the DA20 operate at 24 bit? I had one many
years ago but can't remember. We have a DA-45HR which does 24 bit so
thinking the DA20 doesn't. I wouldn't have thought Wavelab would have
cared about the mismatch but perhaps might be another possible cause.
On 28/08/2012 14:49, Brian Carpenter wrote:
> I couldn't find this question addressed in the ARSCLIST archive, so,
> apologies for any redundancy. I'm transferring a set of DATs, recorded at
> 48/24, using a TASCAM DA-20MKII and WaveLab 6 software. The .wav files I
> end up with in WaveLab are highly, highly glitchy. Errors and dropouts
> galore. However, when I listen to one of these tape directly from the deck
> itself, it sounds completely fine. No problems at all. I've transferred
> hundreds of DATs and have never encountered this before. Any ideas as to
> what's going on here?
> Any pointers much appreciated!
> Brian Carpenter
> Mellon Digital Audio Archivist
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