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Ty FordRe: recording DAT tape in Sound Forge
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 10:41:42 pm

Hello Mary and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum,

Peter is correct if you are transferring digitally from DAT to a digital system. What's most important is sample rate. If you can get the DAW to record without complaining, you'll likely hear occasional ticks due to sample rate error unless the software has realtime sample rate conversion.

You can use 16-bit, because the tapes themselves are 16-bit. If you plan on doing a lot of processing after you get the material in, then use 24-bit to allow for more headroom.

What's your intended output format? If it's CD, the sample rate is fixed at 44.1, 16-bit. That means you'll have to convert the 32kHz sample rate long play at some point. You could bring the material in from the DAT analog outputs and re-record it at 44.1, 16 or 24-bit. You could also transfer all 32 kHz material digitally into one production, edit it and then export it at 44.1 kHz 16-bit.

Regards,

Ty Ford
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