tascam DA88 / DTRS
DTRS, DA88 transfer
We can transfer these digital 8 track multitrack audio tapes into a range of delivery formats including
- Broadcast WAV (B-WAV) files on hard drive or optical media (CD) at 16 bit/44.1 KHz (commonly used for CDs)
- 24 bit/96 KHz (the minimum recommended archival standard)
- anything up to 24 bit / 192 Khz.
You can then open and remix your old recordings in modern Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s) such as Ardour, Cubase, Logic or Pro-Tools, etc.
Transfers are made digitally using the TDIF interface and we use DA88, DA78HR and DA98HR machines so can cater for 16 bit and 24 bit recordings.
DTRS, DA88 problems
The Tascam DTRS format is an 8 track digital multitrack audio recording system using 8mm tapes, originally developed for video recording. The helical scan design similar to RDAT has the 8mm tape wrapped around a high speed spinning head drum. Any physical problems with the tape will give problems with this format.
Tape based digital formats like these are arguably more at threat even though much newer than older analogue formats. They will also be much harder to restore and recover when degraded.
It is highly recommended to transfer these tapes to a file based digital format such as .WAV or BWAV now.
The machines, while popular have fragile tape transports which can often develop ‘tape chewing’ problems. Never load a valuable, un transferred master tape into a machine with an unknown history, it’s asking for trouble!
DTRS, DA88 history
The DTRS (Digital Tape Recording System) series of professional multitrack audio recorders were first introduced in 1993 by TASCAM. They used Hi-8 tapes to record digital audio in the DTRS format which allowed up to 108 minutes of recording time on a single tape. There were two versions of DTRS, 16-bit and 24-bit, and we are equipped to handle transfers from both types of machine. In 1995 the he DA-88 won an EMMY award for technical achievement.
In 2012 the DTRS format was officially discontinued. It is still used in a few video post-production and remote recording environments, but music-only recording studios have moved on to hard drive recorders and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).