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Transferring DAT to PC
« on: July 28, 2020, 02:55:26 PM »
How are folks transferring DATs these days? I haven't transferred a DAT in over a decade and am unsure what solutions are available.

I still have my Tascam DA-20 mkii packed in a box and it should be in working condition. Previously I used a Delta Dio 2496 soundcard but there do not seem to be Windows 10 drivers, so that is out. Is there a decent sound card or USB interface that takes coax that y'all recommend?

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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 03:42:43 PM »
How are folks transferring DATs these days?  Is there a decent sound card or USB interface that takes coax that y'all recommend?
I personally have an old stable setup or three that work but it seems that the recent consensus is to get a cheap "bit bucket" digital recorder and just transfer the files off the memory card from that. Marantz or even the legendary "Microtrack" aka microcrap! Those things have internal batteries which were notorious for failing but they work quite reliably when powered by USB.
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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 04:28:30 PM »
I went the pc route and wish I hadn't. Much easier to get a recorder with spdif input. A Tascam Dr100mkII can be had cheaply second hand these days. Marantz pmd670 has digi in and its 16bit only so I'd bet they can also be had on the cheap. I learned my lesson with 3 microtracks, just say no.

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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2020, 05:00:48 PM »
I went the pc route and wish I hadn't. Much easier to get a recorder with spdif input. A Tascam Dr100mkII can be had cheaply second hand these days. Marantz pmd670 has digi in and its 16bit only so I'd bet they can also be had on the cheap. I learned my lesson with 3 microtracks, just say no.

Exactly what I did for my DAT transfers.  I picked up a used Marantz PMD670 that included a card and a brand new portabrace for it for $40 on ebay.  I only use it for transfers because it's 16-bit.  But it works great for $40.
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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2020, 06:35:32 PM »
Thanks everyone! I settled on the Marantz PMD670 and bought one off eBay.

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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 01:52:44 PM »
But how will you be getting the optical signal into this device ?  You'll need some kind of converter in order to do that, or am I missing something ?  Thanks

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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 02:22:12 PM »
But how will you be getting the optical signal into this device ?  You'll need some kind of converter in order to do that, or am I missing something ?  Thanks
I still have my Tascam DA-20 mkii packed in a box and it should be in working condition. Previously I used a Delta Dio 2496 soundcard but there do not seem to be Windows 10 drivers, so that is out. Is there a decent sound card or USB interface that takes coax that y'all recommend?


Coaxial is S/Pdif over copper.
DA-20 has that, Coaxial digital, not digital optical connectors for I/O.
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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2020, 07:18:12 PM »
Correct.

Tascam DA-20 mkii coax output -> Marantz PMD670 coax input

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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2020, 02:47:43 AM »
Somebody has released Win10 drivers for the M-Audio cards
There always is compatibility mode, and if you're bold, virtualization in Win10 that runs a WinXP virtual PC inside 10 with driver support.

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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2020, 05:33:21 PM »
I've been using an old M-Audio MicroTrack II and a SV-3700. The SV-3700 handles DAT playback and connects to the MicroTrack via an S/PDIF coax cable.

The MicroTrack records to an SD card mounted in a CF card adapter. I take the SD card to my editing desktop PC.
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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2020, 02:09:40 PM »
I've been using an old M-Audio MicroTrack II and a SV-3700. The SV-3700 handles DAT playback and connects to the McirTrack via an S/PDIF coax cable.
The MicroTrack records to an SD card mounted in a CF card adapter. I take the SD card to my editing desktop PC.
My buddy who has gone though more of these than I (and who was a serious repeat customer of the late great P Plotnick) told me just the other day that the SV-3700 is not a practical machine to keep in operation compared to the SV-3800.
The 3800 has better build quality. So enjoy the 3700 and baby it but don't expect it to last as long as the model which succeeded it.


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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 02:36:10 PM »
in any case, with any interface or soundcard, its best to test, test, test

a simple generated 1khz sine wave looped around to the analog in of your dat machine makes it real easy to see if the interface, OS, or media is dropping samples in the recorded file
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Re: Transferring DAT to PC
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 10:50:23 PM »
My buddy who has gone though more of these than I (and who was a serious repeat customer of the late great P Plotnick) told me just the other day that the SV-3700 is not a practical machine to keep in operation compared to the SV-3800.
The 3800 has better build quality. So enjoy the 3700 and baby it but don't expect it to last as long as the model which succeeded it.

Fortunately, it's lasted this long - and that's quite a long time!

I'm dubbing my remaining DATs and then the SV-3700 will be offered for sale.
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