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Old 10th August 2005
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DAT tapes

What is a good brand and spec of DAT tape to go for? looking to master down to it.

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Old 10th August 2005
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No idea where you are in the world but I've always used HHB DAT tapes available from Canford Audio
Old 10th August 2005
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My preference

I always thought Quantegy was considered the best (guess you can't get those anymore), followed by TDK. No offense to HHB or any other manufacturers. I've had some issues with errors developing on other brands I've used throughout the years. I'm currently in the process of printing all of my DATS to HD and doing a redundant backup of all the mixes.

Just curious, why DAT when most of the machines are 16 bit and you can mix to PC or Mac at 24?
Old 10th August 2005
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Years ago I was buying Sony PDP by the case and if my supplier was out of those I'd get HHB or Quanteg. Dic DAT's were the WORST and Maxell's always seemed iffy and would jam in some decks. Do yourself a favor and stay away from "data" tapes because they aren't compatible in all machines. Some decks, like the DA-30MkII won't even load them.
Old 11th August 2005
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Post avoid Sony

I will 2nd HHB. Avoid Sony DATs like the plague. They will stretch, shed, snap, clog your heads, etc.
Old 11th August 2005
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in reply to bloodstone, ive not used dat to much and want the hands on approach of using the desk to mix, i suppose i could of used another stereo format (yes heard the horror stories about DAT!) but im a beginner and want to dab my nose in all formats, methods and everything else that i can get my hands on. Never know, it might just be the format that suits me! Just bought my first protools rig!! 3 882 interfaces plus relevant cables for 235 GBP! YAY!

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Old 11th August 2005
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Apogee made very good DAT tapes when I last bought that medium. I have a bunch to unload (sealed) if you want to try them.
Old 11th August 2005
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ok, where are u based? im in UK
Old 13th August 2005
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The ONLY new DAT tape stock that has a reasonably low dropout rate is Fuji.

Parts for DAT machines are drying up to the point that I would be seriously considering moving anything recorded on DAT to something else while this is still possible.
Old 16th August 2005
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The last batch of DAT tapes that I bought were EMTEC 60 metre DDS tapes from PC World (UK readers will understand). They seemed fine - but then I've always treated my DAT tapes very very carefully and never had serious tape related problems with any decent make. I've had both my DAT machines eat tape but that was either down to the tape being loose in the shell or the usual Sony sloping mechanism problems.

I would add that I don't think that I've recorded anything to DAT for about 4 years and I wouldn't recommend doing so unless there is no alternative.

Cheers.

James.
Old 16th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Junkie
ok, where are u based? im in UK
Sorry not to respond faster. I'm in Texas. I'll count how many tapes I have and PM you. They're just sitting in a DAT rack right now.
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