Bounce Down to DAT or CD-R?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Johnjm22, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    I'm currently working on a project and I'll be sending it off to get mastered in the near future. So what should I bounce it down to, DAT or CD-R? I'm currently working in 24/48.

    I've heard that DAT has lower error rates than CD-R, but as far as I know DAT's are only 16 bit, right?

    If DAT is the preffered media.......

    Then what DAT machine do you guys recomend? (If it makes any difference) I need one that has a SPDIF coax input, as I will be using outboard converters.

    I'd also like opinions on DAT media. Which is the highest quality?
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    If you're mixing ITB to DATA (PCM, wav, aiff), just burn the PCM files to a CD.

    If you're going through outboard, DAT is nice, but if it's a matter of 24-bit PCM files vs. 16-bit DAT, I'll take the PCM files in 24-bit.

    If you ARE going through analog, that would be a good time to set your recording to 44.1kHz. If you're mixing ITB, you might try rendering to 44.1kHz - WIth many systems, the SRC during the mix is more transparent than applying the SRC after.

    Keep in mind that It might not be a bad idea to also check with your mastering guy (gal?) and find out what the "house favorite" is... For example - If they use a Masterlink, it may be your best bet may be to just mix to 24-bit AIFF files and use Alesis' CD24 ISO Builder program. Then the sample rate doesn't matter if there's an analog coversion from 48kHz.
  3. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    Thanks for the info John. I'm mixing ITB so I'll probably just burn it to a CDR as a 24/48 wav. file.

    Oh BTW I was planning on having you master it. I won't be done for a few more months though.
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    That would be the ideal way to deliver it. Just check to make sure they can take it that way.

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