Originally posted by phil magnotta:
Thanks for informing me of Georges whereabouts. However, your post states that you are a senior member. Does that mean that you have been here from the beginning or rather that you are more informed in your field.
Under NO circumstances mistake 'SENIOR MEMBER' for 'INFORMED PERSON' . . . you automatically gain the appelation by
a) making thirty posts - so long as they aren't immediately after one another in the same thread, or
b) greasing Rob Kudyba's palm . . . although blackmail would work as well.
I am one of 'those' people who has NEVER used DATs for anything other than backups and file transfers . . . but I do notice a distinct difference between my hard disk originals and the CD versions I make . . . I had assumed this to be a result of the different reading protocols (IDE or SCSI vs ATAPI) and connections (DIGITAL or ANALOG) of the bios . . . of course, there's no way to run the hard drive originals through the CD player's outputs to compare the alternative conversion processes.
As I write this I see that it could bs mistaken as a negative. But that is not the case.
Would you comment on the original question?
Again, due to my inexperience with DATs and ADATs, I must confine my comments to the CD/R, CD/RW angle . . . some people reduce their jitter on CDs by using a special green pen ; different manufacturers proscribe different backing layers, surface coatings, pheno - dyes --> you name it. Perhaps, as when you mentioned with DATs on high end machines, much of what you're detecting is the result of adopting a consumer medium (CD) to a more exacting field of distribution. Obviously, there are a lot of cheaply made CDs running around - I bought Bourne & McLoud's first CD three times (Canadian Made - like me) because it became scrambled on me - although I'm sure that wouldn't be commonplace now, ten years later.
Unfortunately, the reference to writable discs as being less linear eludes me - wouldn't that be a function of the defragmenting / conversion / burning software=hardware package instead of something generally applicable to the whole class of products? There is freeware CD burning software (sometimes coaster producing - if you've tried the Windows Media Player, although they've probably upgraded that and I simply refused to download it) and then there are mastering CD programs, that will dither, IDR, and undoubtedly be outclassed within a few months of release. Then you go and buy the next one. AHHHHH.
At the top of your post you cite the 'latest trend' - although I'm sure if you defined trend in even smaller terms you could cite adoption of Alesis Masterlink (24 bit, 96 kHz - superior to DAT?) or the Pro Tools session exports (24 bit - superior to DAT?) as 'latest trends' as well - and that is something that I'm very wary of . . . you'll find that participating in these forums enhances your appetite for gear that can help you keep up with the latest trends - something I'm very guilty of (if I weren't spending $1,500 on a rubber floor, you can be sure I'd be after an Apple 17" screen . . . and then the dual 800 G4 to accompany it) . . . and magazines - ads, especially - are quick to notify us of the latest trends because that is something industry periodicals are unparalleled at.
Long and short of it is, I would hope somebody will respond who has done both objective and subjective comparisons of the mediums - maybe not on the weekend, but I'm sure sometime this week there'll be answers to your post. Otherwise, Craig Anderton's forum will have a lot of information on this subject - you could 'double post' there or use the search function for similar threads. Craig himself is excellent at responding to newly joined members.