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Digital Audio Tape (DAT) - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Digital Audio Tape (DAT) to CD transfer

Digital Audio Tapes, popular in the 1990s, were a recording medium that produced CD-quality audio on magnetic tape within a small cassette.

The data was stored using a helical-scan rotary head, similar to that used in a VHS video recorder, and so a DAT is also subject to the same degredation over time as a videotape.

Now is the time to have CD Makers preserve your recordings by transferring your DAT to CD.

Transfer Options

  • DAT to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • DAT to archive-grade gold recordable CD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • DAT to audio files on a USB drive.
    • Many hours of audio can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Audio files on USB play on a variety of devices, including computers, modern televisions and home entertainment systems. Many modern cars also play audio directly from USB drives.
    • Audio files can easily be copied from a USB drive using a computer.

Digitisation Options

  • Sample Rate - DATs will be captured digitally, so the resulting file's sample rate will match the sample rate of the original DAT, typically 44.1 or 48 kilohertz.
  • Sample Resolution - Audio will be captured digitally from the DAT at the sampling resolution of the original - typically 16 bit.
  • Audio Channels - Mono or Stereo.
  • Digitisation Formats
    • Audio is captured to WAV.
      • WAV files have compatibility with a very wide range of computer software.
      • WAV has been the standard audio format for computers for decades.
      • WAV files can be edited and saved over and over without any loss of quality.
    • The WAV files can be converted to MP3.
      • MP3 files play at near CD quality but use a fraction of the amount of storage.
      • MP3 files have a very large compatibility base, playing on nearly all computers, many modern televisions, home entertainment systems, car stereos and portable audio players.
    • The WAV files can also be converted to M4a.
      • M4a files have a similar advantage of small storage size, but with better quality than MP3 files.
      • Playback compatibility is increasing week by week, with M4a being touted as the successor to MP3.

Digital Audio Tape (DAT) Specifications

CD Makers can transfer the following types of DATs:                                        

  • Sample Rate:
    • 32 kHz
    • 44.1 kHz
    • 48 kHz
  • Channels:
    • Mono
    • stereo

Links

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Compiling and Editing

Maximum Duration                                                                      

Designated Duration Number of CDs required per tape
30 minute 1 CD will hold 2 DATs
60 minute 1 CD
90 minute 2 CDs
120 minute 2 CDs

The maximum duration of a standard audio CD is 80 minutes (74 minutes for gold archive CDs).

However, for precious recordings, we recommend recording only to about 60 minutes. This is because the recording starts in the middle and ends at the outer edge where some older CD players struggle to read the data correctly.

Digital Audio Tapes tapes come in a variety of sizes and lengths up to 2 hours maximum.

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