The Great Plotnik

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A Modern Day Upgrade

Yesterday, Plotnik rented an old Tascam DAT player (Digital Audio Tape), which was state of the art in the 1990s, and therefore had been used to store Plottie's master mixes and instrumental mixes from his 1994 CD "Everybody's Armed."

He has decided to collect many of his older projects and make them available for sale to the excited throngs arriving hourly at World Headquarters on tourist buses. To do that he needs to review the material, and to review it he has to be able to play it, and to play it he needed to rent that DAT player and transfer everything into modern computer format.

And in doing so he discovered two fine old tracks that didn't make the cut onto the final CD. That's always nice.

The transfering was simple, and Plottie got lucky -- he hadn't waited too long. Analog tape degrades and becomes unplayable after time, but all these DATs were in fine shape.

So, students, yesterday's action illustrates Modern Day Upgrade #1: You transfer your content from old fashioned analog tape, which will degrade over time, into digital wave forms that now live on your computer hard drive, which will eventually fail, as well as the hard drives on every backup computer you use. See how much better off we are?

3 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

now it's time to back up your laptop using an external drive BEFORE your own personal digital apocalypse occurs.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger notthatlucas said...

I've got some old VHS tapes from 20 or more years ago that are not working - I suspect they can be made to work with heroic efforts (and cash).

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger mary ann said...

what a great project ~ congrats...

 

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