advice converting DAT music to CD-R
I have a Sony TCD-D3 DAT with the digital IO module (RMR-D3) that provides S/PDIF, optical, and analog outputs. I have about a dozen tapes worth of music that I would like to convert to CD format. My current (crappy) sound card has only analog inputs. I would like to transfer the music from DAT to my PC and then to CD-R, keeping the signal in the digital domain the entire way. I assume the Sony TCD-D3 has recorded the music at 48 kHz sampling rate.
I believe I can do this with either Creative's Audigy or Extigy by using the S/PDIF ports, but I wonder whether anyone has had success doing this, or has a better suggestion.
Can anyone point me to reference sites for more info?
You need a S/PDIF in card. Several good and affordable cards that do not resample are available from M-Audio (under $100) but there are others. The TCD3 only records at 32 kHz and 48 kHz (except for digital CD copies through a S/PDIF link). So your recordings are most likely 48 kHz. For storing on CD you need to resample it to 44.1 kHz. You can best use a good program that does this for you and not an audio card that resample.
Shareware that can do this (and much more) is available here:
goldwave looks like just the software I'll need.
I looked at the m-wave site and found *lots* of equipment, but I didn't see much below $250. Do you have any models in mind for s/pdif cards under $100? If you know a model number or could suggest a family, it would help me narrow down the search amongst their many products.
I did find the Delta DIO 2496 ($249 new) and it looks like what you're talking about -- perhaps I should look for it second hand.
But it is only optical S/PDIF in. Optical will suffice since for your purpose jitter is not an issue. I am myself using the Audiophile-2496 (streetprice around $150) with a coax link to my TCD3. I have seen lower prices on E-Bay.
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