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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