ADAT tapes to computer-usb-DAW...How to?

Discussion in 'Tape Recorders' started by safeunsane, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. safeunsane

    safeunsane Guest

    So, I have a bunch of ADAT tapes (mostly pairs, making 16 tracks) of unmixed music from the olden days.

    I'd like to get these tracks into my computer for mixing on a DAW such as sonar,audition,vegas, etc.

    Whats the best way of doing this? I no longer have the ADAT machines, but see that they are dirt cheap on ebay. I remember that they have an optical port...

    Who makes a good interface between ADAT and computer?

    thanks for your time,
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I think you need access to two machines.
    I have two and in past have provided this service to people

    both tapes need a common track
    the count in click track can be enough
    so that when they are bounced into the computer in groups of 8
    they can be aligned using the common track

    this common track doesn't have to run the full length of the song
    it can still work with just a short bit of recognisable waveform before the begining of the song

    many interfaces have an ADAT port
    Alesis used to have a card

    I use the 001 or the HD system

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