As I found in the previous threads on this (and as was related to me by other arsclist members) the 12-bit nl samples of 12/32 DATs are mapped to linear 16-bit before being output via SPDIF, so that is not a concern and not a good reason to do a digital-analog-digital capture.
August 30 2018 5:03 PM, "Ted Kendall" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There's something to be said for just hitting play with a DAW across the output and crossing your
> fingers, if you know your transport to be good. Take the first pass, monitoring for errors. If a
> second pass is indicated, you will at least have shuffled the tape pack.
> 32kHz is 12 bit non-linear, so d/a - a/d is the way to go.
> On 30/08/2018 21:40, Karl E. Fitzke wrote:
>> Hi, everyone.
>> Anybody out there want to venture what DAT machines are more or less gentle with tapes? And/or talk
>> about their experience with tape breakage?
>> I broke two tapes earlier this week, both of then near the end of recorded program, I think when
>> trying to fastforward past the end of recorded program.
>> Inspecting the breaks, the remaining portion of blank tape took some careful effort to unravel a
>> bit and repair. So I'm guessing each tape hadn't been exercised beyond that point since the day the
>> tape was manufactured!
>> So, best to just play DATs (slow/gentle pull away from supply reel) - no fastforwarding
>> (fast/abrupt tugging from supply reel)? Might some make/model handle a situation like this better
>> or worse?
>> While we are at it, any recommended means of Digital-to-Digital at 32kHz? Same goes for 32 kHz data
>> playback in DAWs that (in my mind rightly) don't employ SRC like Quicktime or VLC will. Neither of
>> my two converter box make/models support 32kHz. Looking at RME ADI-2 already.
>> Of course we could do SRC, but I'd rather not. See for instance, ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation
>> page 112.
>> Karl Fitzke
>> Audio/Visual Specialist
>> 214 Olin Library
>> Ithaca, NY 14853
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