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[firstname.lastname@example.org: DAT to computer]
We recently inquired about this problem (connecting a DAT to a
computer) on "rec.audio.tech," and got the following very helpful
response from Jon Edelson.
Tanner Research, Inc. and California Institute of Technology
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 10:00:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jonathan Edelson <email@example.com>
Subject: DAT to computer
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Not sure what you mean by cheap, but yes, there are ways of getting
digital audio into a computer without going through a D/A A/D conversion
I have a card produced by Zefiro Acoustics, it has S/PDIF coax and
optical interfaces, as well as AES/EBU capabilities. It is currently a
beta test item and costs about $500; they alos have a lower end card
which goes for something like $400.
4961 Barkwood Ave
Irvine, CA 92714
The nice thing about the ZA products is that they are being developed by
a guy who has kept the arcetecture open; you can play with the DSP
coding, and write your own interface code. This is also the problem with
the card; you have to futz with it. I prefer being able to fool around
with such stuff.
There is (I think) Digital Audio Labs, they make a product called the
CardD; as well as a card called the 'I/O Only CardD'; I really am not
sure about the names here, but this should be enough info to get a pro
music store to figure it out; $400 to $1000 range. This should be a
'professional' product that simply works; it costs more and does less.
Finally, there is someone in Germany making something called the
'TripleDAT'; an interface card that includes remote control outputs, so
that you can plug a DAT drive into your computer, and the computer will
be able to do things like start and stop the drive. Expensive ($1300 +).