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Which is better-dat or cd-r?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by wondercrush, Mar 26, 2001.

  1. wondercrush

    wondercrush Guest

    I'm getting ready to purchase something to mix down to. I am going to be mixing from Adat. I am currently looking at Tascam and Marantz for cd-r and whatever I can find used for dat.
    Which, in your opinion is better, a stand-alone cd-r or a dat deck, and why?

    Thanks!
     
  2. hargerst

    hargerst Distinguished Member

    Right now, I mix to DAT, thru a Lucid 2496 A/D converter. I'd like to mix directly to a CD-R at 24 bit, .AIFF format if I could. I might get a Masterlink for Xmas, if I'm lucky. If you use a Tascam DA-30 or the MK II, I wouldn't mix hotter than -3 or -4 dBFS on the meters on the peaks.
     
  3. wondercrush

    wondercrush Guest

    So are you saying that cd-r would be a wiser investment? I just keeping thinking about the costs of dat tapes compared to cd-r's and can't help but think of the money saved in the long run, you know?
    What other stand alone cd-r's will record .aiff, do you know?


    Jen H.
    Wondercrush
    http://www.mp3.com/wondercrush
     
  4. hargerst

    hargerst Distinguished Member

    Actually, I've been finding slightly used (and new) DAT tapes on the net (ebay, for example) for about $1 each in 60 and 120 minute recording lengths.
     
  5. brad

    brad Guest

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  6. hargerst

    hargerst Distinguished Member

    Actually, you'd hafta hear some of the bands I record to appreciate that , Brad. LOL. Most of the time, I use new tapes (especially for the important stuff), but oddly enough, we've really never had any problems with the stuff that was used one or two times.

    After all, if you stripe the tape for TC on one machine, to get it ready for use on another machine, isn't that now a used tape?
     
  7. sapplegate

    sapplegate Active Member

    Save your money.

    Buy a Masterlink.

    Don't look back!
     
  8. MISTERQCUE

    MISTERQCUE Guest

    Hello Harvey!
    I burn down to either my pc's plextor or outboard standalone (Teac CDRW).I also own a Sony DAT deck on occasions when 2-track mixdowns are needed when client's request a DAT format.
     
  9. MISTERQCUE

    MISTERQCUE Guest

    Oops! I mean't my stand-alone is my Tascam CDRW700. My Teac is a tape deck!
    I also own a Phillips 775,but this baby causes HUGE block error rates when recording at 2x, so I use it simply to play basic c/d's.
     
  10. Dan Popp

    Dan Popp Active Member

    I am starting to experience problems with DAT tapes recorded only 6 years ago. The tapes are (then-new) Ampexes, and they have been stored properly.

    My opinion is that CDR is pretty stable and that there will be players around for it forever. DAT decks?..."probably not," on both counts.

    Does that help?

    Yours,
    Dan Popp
    Colors Audio
    USA
     
  11. wondercrush

    wondercrush Guest

    Yep, sure does. And most mastering houses accept cd-r, correct?
     
  12. brad

    brad Guest

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  13. Coerce

    Coerce Guest

    Are duplication houses still requiring a disc at once CD-R or do they do this process and simply charge extra for it? Yes, this should be handled in mastering but I have a lot of clients that skip mastering, even with my warnings against. I have a stand alone CD recorder that I mix to but then I dump this into Wavelab and perform a disc at once burn to a Plextor at the end. I someimtes wish I bought a DAT to mix to as I occasionally get a request for DATs and I have to go the Plextor anyway for the final burn.
     
  14. wondercrush

    wondercrush Guest

  15. brad

    brad Guest

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  16. Coerce

    Coerce Guest

    Thanks Brad. That's what I thought. So to wondercrush, you may want to consider this. Do you have a need for DAO CD-Rs? If so, how will you make them? Do you have another burner? If so maybe a DAT isn't such a bad idea as it gives you several mediums for clients to choose from. Just some thoughts.
     
  17. brad

    brad Guest

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  18. wondercrush

    wondercrush Guest

    Yes but, I can get a Marantz for $300-400 used...

    I like the abilities of the masterlink, but cost, unfortunately, is a huge consideration at the moment.
     
  19. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    I believe I read somewhere that mastering to a DAT created a master that was better sounding because of fewer errors. I'm not positive about this so perhaps some of you with more knowledge than I could answer..
     
  20. brad

    brad Guest

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