I am aware of DAT to WAV, but these are DDS-2 DATA DATs which were used
for DATA, not audio and contain a Retrospect backup. I don't think
DAT2WAV will work with this project.
It's good to know you have DAT2WAV working. I'll try and keep that in
mind if anyone has a problematic DAT project.
On 2020-12-18 5:09 p.m., Corey Bailey wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> Back in the day, (last year) there was a Yahoo group called: "DAT to
> WAV." I've used the software & it works. I dedicated a legacy PC to a
> data drive, (one needs a specific data drive) & loaded a bunch of SFX
> backups. If no one is available in the UK, perhaps the software can be
> used after the tapes are rescued.
> Here is some freeware (I think): https://tinyurl.com/ycdudelh or:
> Here is some software for sale:
> Hope this helps.
> Happy Holidays,
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> On 12/18/2020 1:24 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>> Hi, All,
>> Apologies for cross posting. I'm not certain how much overlap there is
>> between ARSC and IASA.
>> I have been contacted by someone in the UK asking if I could recover
>> some flood-damaged data DAT (DDS-2) tapes. There are about a dozen
>> cassettes. Before I confirmed he was from the UK, I already suggested
>> Spec Brothers, but he would prefer someone in the UK or Europe due to
>> shipping costs (but how will the UK/EU
>> These contain a "Retrospect" backup of all the files of a multitrack
>> recording project. The flood occurred 20 years ago and the original
>> 2-inch reel tapes were deemed unsalvageable at that time and are no
>> longer available. These DDS-2 tapes are the only surviving copy (if
>> they have survived). I have filed two pictures of one of the cassettes
>> If any of you know of a person/firm who would like to have a go at
>> this project, I can put them in touch with the owner.
>> I have already told him that this should have been addressed
>> immediately and the 2-inch reels should have been the priority. I've
>> also mentioned that I wasn't certain if these were MP or ME tapes, but
>> there may be questions about moisture and the magnetic particles
>> oxidizing. Then of course there is the issue of a Retrospect backup
>> which could be one large file spread across the dozen or so tapes,
>> implying that every tape must be recoverable to possibly get anything
>> (I'm not certain of that, but I never felt comfortable with these
>> large, segmented backup files.
>> Anyway, good luck to the person who steps up to do this. I would like
>> to hear if these were recovered in the end, just for a frame of
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