This is very interesting to me. I tried to get this set up years ago and
couldn't get it to work. I would love to hear more about it and maybe
figure out how to get mine going again.
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On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 6:30 AM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
> 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
> > here:
> > 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
> > reference.
> > Cheers,
> > Richard