[winnie(at)teleport.com: DAT to computer] (Dan Fain )

Subject: [winnie(at)teleport.com: DAT to computer]
From:    Dan Fain  <fain(at)CYBOSCINE.ETHO.CALTECH.EDU>
Date:    Thu, 21 Sep 1995 15:30:14 -0700

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. Dan Fain Tanner Research, Inc. and California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA Return-Path: <winnie(at)teleport.com> Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 10:00:43 -0700 (PDT) From: Jonathan Edelson <winnie(at)teleport.com> Reply-To: winnie(at)pucc.princeton.edu To: fain(at)tanner.com Subject: DAT to computer Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII 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 process. 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. Zefiro Acoustics 4961 Barkwood Ave Irvine, CA 92714 +1-(714)-551-5833 hanssen(at)netcom.com 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 +). -Jon

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