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Formatting DTRS tapes in a DA-98 for use in a DA-88?
Fri, 07/14/2006 - 12:59
I hope this message finds you well.
Your site is great and full of tips, thank you very much for making this information publicly accessible.
However, I didn't find anything that could help me answer the following:
In regards to the actual formatting of DTRS tapes, if you plan to use the tapes on a DA-98, MUST they be formatted on that machine or can this process be done in a DA-88 or DA-38 (trying to save some time here)?
I'd like to thank your answer in advance.
Fri, 07/14/2006 - 13:11#1
Good news: Yes! A tape formatted in any 16-bit DTRS machine (DA-88, -38, -98, Sony PCM-800) will play back on any other DTRS machine, including the 24-bit DTRS machines (DA-78, DA-98HR). And, a tape formatted as a 16-bit tape in a 24-bit DTRS machine will also play back on any DTRS machine. The only incompatibility is that a tape formatted at 24 bits will not play back in a 16-bit machine.
One thing to be careful of: There were two similar models made by Tascam: the DA-98 and the DA-98HR. The main difference is that the DA-98HR can record at 24 or 16 bits... while the original DA-98 can only record at 16 bits.
If you do have the DA-98HR (not the DA-98), I'd recommed formatting in that machine and not in a 16-bit machine, because otherwise you'll lose the added audio fidelity of 24 bits.