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DA-P1 transfer digital signal into computer
Sat, 10/15/2005 - 14:12
I have recently bought a second-hand Tascam DA-P1 DAT recorder for field recordings, the machine works fine. I am now trying to get the recordings into my Macintosh labtop. How can I transfer the signal (S/PDIF coaxial/RCA output) into my labtop? Do I need to buy an audio-interface, or is there a less expensive solution? As you can tell, I am a beginner in the world of digital audio recording.
Sat, 10/15/2005 - 21:53#1
Depending on which laptop (Mac PowerBook, Mac iBook, or any PC laptop) you have, you have two potential methods to choose from: analog or digital. These can be via a built-in jack or via an external interface.
PowerBooks have more choices. I think all the models have analog inputs on mini 1/8" jacks. The more recent ones have 24-bit converters. The older ones just have 16-bit converters. You'd have to get analog adapter cables to connect to this jack (Two RCA --> One 1/8"). But this may compromise your audio quality.
The most recent PowerBook models have a single jack which does both analog and digital input. The digital portion is optical, so to transfer from your DA-P1's Coax S/PDIF output you could use an optical-to-Coax S/PDIF converter.
But a nicer option is to get an external FireWire or USB interface. Some of these are very compact and not too expensive. I have written a long guide to all of these interfaces, here:
Just search that list for words like "S/PDIF".
As for iBooks, I don't think any iBooks have any audio input jacks (analog or digital). Your only choice is to get an external interface from that list.