Digital Audio VHS

tomswift2002

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I just saw this and I was reminded of an old thread here back in 2017 in relation to the Carpenters Vinyl Collection, and people were surprised that VHS had been used for digital audio, and even U-Matic and Betamax.

 

Rudy

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There certainly were some interesting tape formats over the years. I still remember a co-worker's husband used to tape local bands and orchestras as a second job, and he was one of the early adopters of a portable Betamax with the Sony PCM-F1 A/D converter that tethered to it.

I more remembers S-VHS tapes being used for the ADAT digital multitrack recorders. In fact, the best S-VHS tape I ever bought were surplus ADAT tapes--the shells were sturdy, as was the tape stock. It made the best S-VHS recordings as compared to the consumer brands I had tried--never had a dropout. I know ADAT wasn't always the most reliable--even the band I work with had trouble with theirs back in the day, as they used to record their own live gigs often (for reference), and the keyboard player used it in his home studio (in his garage) for recording band demos.
 

tomswift2002

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Well on the video side anyway, VHS/S-VHS, was also used for D-VHS and Digital-S/D9. And, at least for D-VHS, (I couldn’t find the D9 GB) the largest tape (DF-480/ST-240) could hold 50GB of information. So even on the audio side, just as a storage medium, you would have A ton of room for uncompressed audio on 1 tape vs a computer from 1981 like the Vic-20. There’s a reason computers like the Vic used cassettes are first (an audio cassette could hold upto 600Mb on a streamer).
 
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