Reminiscing about audio formats
The sound podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz asked people to share their memories about old audio formats. I doubt they’ll use mine on the show, but here’s what I shared.
Growing up in my dad’s recording studio in the 1990s I was exposed to a variety of audio formats. There was 24-track 2-inch tape, and 1/4” reel-to-reel tape that radio stations wanted commercials on until nearly the turn of the century when they switched to DAT.
But the most unique format was the DTRS format used by the Tascam DA-88. It used Hi8 video cassettes to record 8 tracks of digital audio. My dad linked 3 of them together for 24 tracks. As a kid, those machines were cool because when you turned them on they were programmed to marquee the word TASCAM across the 8 LED meters, and that was just fun to watch.
I remember my dad using a razor blade to splice in leader even after he was editing and mixing in Pro Tools. ↩︎