ADAT preventative maintenance



Kurt-you have guided me through my studio so far.....THANKS!! next question.....what are a few simple things to do or know about for care of my ADAT's?? I always put the tapes up after recording, and that's about all I know. Any suggestions?? also, what REALLY is a good way to keep the heads happy for the longest time possible??

Kurt Foster

Well-Known Member
Jul 2, 2002
77 Sunset Lane.
Store your tapes tails out... This insures that they are rewound each time they are used.

When rewinding and fast forwarding, be sure that the tape is disengaged form the heads.

Buy BASF preformatted tapes if possible. This will save head hours on the machine.

Clean the heads in the same manner as I suggested for the DAT machine.

ALWAYS double back up your tapes. With digital, you don't have it until you have it 3 times! If you don't do this, I guarantee you will lose a session sooner or later.

One last hint. When I got my ADATS, Alesis provided a bumper sticker along with it. I took this bumper sticker and applied it to the handle of a large claw hammer, length wise so when you looked at the hammer the word ALESIS ran the length of the handle from the hammer head to the butt of the handle. I then placed this hammer on the ADAT rack and told everyone who asked, "That is the Alesis hammer!" I swear, it made the ADATs run much better...
:D Kurt

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