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Given the high error rates and mutes I find on older DATs not stored under ideal conditions, I'd be 
hesitant to run at faster than real-time, the tought being that even more errors and mutes might 
result. Is this a flawed theory?

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Rice" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DAT transfer question

> An audio-enabled DDS3 drive will read a DAT tape in faster than real time, this
> is especially true for the 32kHz long play ones.
> DATXtract ( is an example of software to
> manage reading audio off of DAT tapes via an audio enabled DDS3 drive
> translating the frame based data on the DAT tape into an audio stream and the
> metadata part. It will also log the errors in the read process.
> David Rice
> Quoting Jerry Hartke <[log in to unmask]>:
>> DAT tracks are positioned diagonally on the tape. A static head will not
>> work. I am confused how a tape can be read in other than real time. Why
>> reinvent the wheel?
>> Jerry
>> Media Sciences, Inc.
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Martin Fisher
>> > Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 2:19 PM
>> > To: [log in to unmask]
>> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] DAT transfer question
>> >
>> > Ya'll "fergive" me if this is a completely idiotic question.
>> >
>> > Is there any way to transfer audio DAT tapes directly onto a hard drive
>> > without going through the process of playing and recording in real time?
>> > I'm thinking of the data backup and storage drives here which might use
>> > stationary heads.  Hey!....Never hurts to ask.
>> >
>> > Martin