LINGUIST List 14.2833

Fri Oct 17 2003

Sum: Modified Re: 14.2553: DAT Tapes

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  1. boudewijn.van.den.berg, Re: DAT

Message 1: Re: DAT

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 16:25:05 +0200
From: boudewijn.van.den.berg <>
Subject: Re: DAT

In reply to LINGUIST List: Vol-14-2773:

>>-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------
>>Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 16:25:47 +0000
>>From: Tania Granadillo <>
>>Subject: Dat Tapes
>>Two people responded to my query about Dat tapes (Linguist 14.2553),
>>Eric Raimy and Tom Klingler. They both agreed that DDS computer grade
>>tapes are just as good as the audio dat tapes so it is not worthwhile
>>to spend the extra mone on audio dat tapes. They did note that it is
>>important to stick with the 60 m tapes (2 hrs) due to the more fragile
>>nature of longer tapes.
>>Hope this is helpful!

The very competent audio technician at the Royal Dutch Academy's 
Meertens Institute for Research and Documentation of Dutch Language 
and Culture, Kees Grijpink, warned me after reading above's summary 
He wrote (my translation): 'This idea keeps reappearing but should 
immediately be stopped. DDS tapes have a different backing than 
regular DAT tapes have. Heads and machinery of a DAT recorder will 
surely get damaged. Don't do it.'

>Dit is iets wat regelmatig terug komt en ook gelijk weer de kop moet 
>worden ingedrukt, DDS tapes hebben een andere backing dan reguliere 
>DAT bandjes. Koppen en het loopwerk van de DAT recorder zullen zeker 
>Je hoort dit soort verhalen meer uit de amateur hoek van de DAT 
>recorder gebruiker
>Dus niet doen.

Boudewijn van den Berg
research assistant

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