We only need to look at the transition from analog tape to digital media
in both recording and photography and see that the transition took (is
taking) a long time as well--perhaps much longer than disc to tape.
In the case of this more recent transition, we needed to wait for robust
and high quality to become affordable. I would suggest that this more
recent transition avalanched once file-based digital and the related
storage technologies became reliable and affordable. While there was
some movement from analog to dedicated digital formats, it was not the
avalanche that we saw with file-based digital system, piggybacking on
essentially general-purpose computer systems.
The Ampex 200A was very expensive. The Ampex 300 was less so and the 350
was even less expensive.
On 2012-10-08 11:07 AM, Dennis Rooney wrote:
> in 1947, the supremacy of tape recording did not seem as
> inevitable as it does in hindsight and a half decade of transition is thus
> entirely understandable.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.