DAT Tape before being converted to digital

Convert DAT Tapes to Digital

Although not wildly popular, EachMoment still convert DAT tapes to digital and DVD in their thousands every year with many people cottoning on that there is no better time to do so than now. The world’s leading audio preservationists warn that tape-based digital recording formats – especially DAT – are not reliable for long term preservation. While they do still degrade, analog recording media like compact cassettes can remain in peak condition for 30 years if stored properly. However, even when stored in optimum conditions, tape-based digital recording media like DAT tapes have been known to deteriorate entirely in as few as 20 years. Consequently, if you own any DAT tapes containing your favourite music or your treasured home recordings, they could already have lost much of their quality or could soon disappear entirely.

How We Digitise DAT Tapes?

When we digitise DAT tapes at EachMoment, we follow much the same as the process as that for any cassette or tape. Cleaning, carefully playing and transferring and finally editing to bring quality up to the best possible standard.

Our full digitisation process:

  1. You select a Memory Box that will accommodate all your tapes and if you want to include other old media that’s lying around, that’s fine too (check our pricing page for a guide on how much can be included in each size).
  2. Choose your output format – read more about your options – and head to checkout.
  3. We arrange for your digitising kit the next working day. Fill your Memory Box with your tapes and we’ll organise a collection.
  4. We track the delivery to our office.
  5. Once safely on site, each tape is cleaned thoroughly and sensitively to protect the data recorded. Cleaning is essential to ensure smooth playback and to get the best quality once converted to digital.
  6. Each tape is played back and recorded onto digital using broadcast-quality tape players.
  7. Once the cassette is converted into a digital file, its quality is assessed and re-mastered if necessary. ‘Hiss’ is reduced as much as possible and dynamics processing software is applied to improve sound quality and loudness.
  8. All the files, once analogue now mp3, are transferred to the output format you choose at checkout.
  9. We return all your cassettes to you via tracked delivery, along with your CD or USB, or if you chose Cloud album, we’ll email you with a secure link.

Why should I digitise my DAT tapes?

The sooner you transfer your DAT tapes to digital and CD the better – as Sony has ceased production of new recorders, it will become more difficult to play archived recordings in this format unless they are copied to digital. Transferring your DAT tapes to digital and CD protects your cherished music and audio recordings that are trapped in your dying tapes. As well as liberating space in your cupboards and cabinets, you can put your trust in a format that will never degrade and won’t put your cherished memories at risk. Converting DAT tapes to digital and CD also allows you to revive your old music or recordings by re-listening on your computer, laptop or your mobile, so you can take your musical memories with you wherever you go.

The best way to convert DAT tapes to digital mp3 files

Finding DAT tapes in playable condition is rare and finding a way to reliably play them is even harder. EachMoment takes the stress away by converting them to digital on your behalf. We use broadcast quality players and service them regularly to ensure that the tapes are safe and protected.

Why wait? Get your DAT tapes converted today!

Once these steps are complete, your DAT tape is fully converted to digital and CD, giving your audio a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive your newly restored audio memories. Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift.

A Brief History of DAT Tapes

Digital Audio Tape (or DAT Tape) is a signal recording format introduced by Sony in 1987. Although a similar shape to earlier compact cassette tapes, DAT tapes are half the size and record in digital rather than analog. The technology of DAT is closely based on video recorders, using a rotating head and helical scan to record audio. DAT tapes were intended as a replacement for analogue audio compact cassettes, but the format was never widely adopted by consumers because of its price tag, as well as concerns from the music industry about unauthorized high-quality copies.

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