Re: converting Reel to Reel into digital

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jul 22 2006 - 13:09:55 PDT

You may wish to consider a more stable, long term format than DAT.

An August 2005 post on the AMIA listserv (below, after your post) stated that DAT machines are no longer being manufactured... yet another format on its way out...

best regards,
Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music

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>From: FRAMEWORKS automatic digest system <email suppressed>
>Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 14:21:47 -0700
>From: photofilms <email suppressed>
>Subject: converting Reel to Reel into digital
>Hello Frameworkers!
>I am looking for a post production place in Los
>Angeles to (inexpensively) convert some old reel to
>reel (audio) tapes to digital format (DAT and/or CD
>etc) Any suggestions? Thank you! Lusie.
(original message from AMIA listserve)

Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 20:44:07
Sender: Association of Moving Image Archivists
From: "Richard L. Hess"
Subject: Requiem for the DAT

It is my understanding from several audio technical lists that I'm on
that the last manufacturer of DAT transports (Alps) has ceased
production and no more DAT machines will be made. Parts will also
become scarce in the not-too-distant future.

A word to the wise to any archive holding DATs. Sony no longer lists
DATs in their ProAudio Web site, and I've been told that Tascam has
stopped listing them as well, though Tascam still has cassette machines!!!

Oh, and repairing and cobbling analog reel machines is child's play
compared to trying to make a from-the-ground-up DAT.

Good luck!


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