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Digital Audio Tape - The one DAT got away

Techmoan brings us another fascinating Music Technology history lesson, in this look back at DAT!

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A look at DAT - tape that sounded better than CD and was supposed to replace cassettes...however the recording industry decided it had to die.

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That's crazy, I remember when DAT was 'it' back in the 90's - those ridiculously expensive tapes, I remember working my way through a room of them trying to find some data for my drum machine. Man things are sooooo much easier now (can you imagine showing an iPad to a musician back then)! 😍 Crazy progress, makes you feel glad to be alive in 2017!
January 10, 2017  | person_outline ConfusedKitten
I had a Sony MiniDisc system.

DAT is PCM digital audio on tape compared to CD.
MiniDisc is lossy compression like FLAC or MP3.
January 10, 2017  | person_outline Mike
Yea, I remember always having to make two DAT's because I was afraid one of them would have dropouts.

They sounded AS good as CD's but not better. The machines that played them often had better DACs.

You had a buy a special fake DAT tape that was a "head cleaner" and play it for a few minutes.
January 11, 2017  | person stub
The last two minutes be so awesome, at the lead in to the mini-disc an how Sony jus go full gangsta, buyin out the competition an shit. Thanks fo postin this Discchord :)
January 11, 2017  | person_outline HotRock SupaJoint
Glad you guys liked it too! I love this sort of thing.

On January 10, 2017 - @Mike said:
I had a Sony MiniDisc system.

DAT is PCM digital audio on tape compared to CD.
MiniDisc is lossy compression like FLAC or MP3.

That's wild. I had no idea that was going on, so looked it up to figure out why.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiniDisc#Recording_modes

It seems that they can do PCM with HiMD, but you'd only get 28 minutes on a normal disc. Ouch! Yeah, that's not going to work at all.

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