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It would seem to me that anybody working with a large collection of
DAT's  should attempt to corner the market on working PCM-7010, 7030
and 7040's. These machines are read after read four head machines and
they also have built in error lists that list the different types of
errors as well as log the absolute time code or SMPTE if the tape has
it.  Anybody that thinks that they can reliably see a digital tick or
glitch in a two hour long program from the waveform is deluding
themselves.
As always, YMMV.
All the best,

Mark Donahue
Soundmirror, Inc.
Boston, MA


On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM, Matthew Sohn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Yes it is kludgey to get the unit to work, but once it is configured, it can
> work like a charm. Any errors are easily viewable in a competent DAW such as
> Wavelab. In such cases, I try a pass on the Sony R500. 9 times out of 10 it
> works fine.
>
> I must admit that this is a repurposing of already outmoded technology. It is
> difficult to find the drives, and you have to seek out the software, plus
> figuring out how to make it work.
> But if your collection is very large, it may be worth looking into.
> Of course, all this assumes a competent engineer, who can recognize errors when
> they see them..
>
> -Matt Sohn