I've been following this discussion but haven't weighed in until now. I do all of my transfer work - from both analog and digital sources - to a Tascam DA-3000 digital recorder. I then copy the files from the recorder's memory card to my computer for editing and processing. The Tascam DA-3000 has a built-in, switchable, sample rate converter, which should have no problem dealing with your 32 kHz input. What I don't know is how it will deal with the 12-bit, non-linear datastream. But, if you knew someone who had this recorder, it would be interesting to give it a try.
One other thought: Is there pre-emphasis on those recordings? If so, the sample-rate converter in the DA-3000 will automatically do the de-emphasis during transfer, at long as the DAT player passed the pre-emphasis flag to the S/PDIF output. There's no mention of this in the Tascam manual - it's one of those "undocumented features."
I've used the DA-3000 for some transfers of old PCM-F1 format digital tapes, using a PCM-601 digital processor, which has an S/PDIF output. The DA-3000 takes care of the sample rate conversion from the F1's odd-ball 44.056 kHz sample rate, and does the de-emphasis.
It might work for you - it's just a thought.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digital capture of 12-bit/32kHz DAT via S/PDIF (not DDS drives)
Hi Eli. I was recording DA-88 (48K), not DAT. My setup was a Digidesign
192 I/O using TDIF from the DA-88.
You have a special case with the 32K DAT. Keep us posted. Regarding clocking, you shouldn't need work clock. Your card should be able so sync to the incoming S/PDIF.
On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 1:55 PM, Eli Bildirici < [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hey Ellis,
> Thanks for chiming in. Can you comment on what your digital capture
> set-up was? Did you use a SCSI drive or S/PDIF, what sample rates were
> you dealing with, recording software, IO card, operating system, etc?
> May 2 2017 3:54 PM, "Ellis Burman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Definitely not true with DA-88. I always thought the A/D was the
> > weak
> > with DA-88, but once I got ProTools and captured my old tapes
> > digitally, wow - what an improvement! I think the D/A may have been
> > the weaker link in that case.
> > Just my .02
> > Ellis
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> > On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Plus I have a secret thought, not verified technically, that the
> >> DAT decks’ analog playback somehow compensates for the deficiencies
> >> of the
> >> conversion of the day. It was a system, in my view, from analog to
> >> DAT
> >> analog, and is not improved by direct digital playbck with modern
> >> equipment. Many of my DAT transfers were from 48k DAT analog out to
> >> A/D
> >> 44.1., back in ye olde days of CD media. THIS century, we have much
> >> conversion from one sample rate to another, especially with Izotope RX.
> >> use RX5 Advanced, about to upgrade to 6…
> Eli Bildirici
> (347) 837-8337
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