Magazine Archive

Home -> Magazines -> Issues -> Articles in this issue -> View


Can You Dig It?

It's here! Yes, Alesis' ADAT, the first digital multitrack recorder that is within the financial grasp of serious home studios, is available at last. Given the level of interest in ADAT, and its undoubted importance, we felt quite justified in devoting a full five pages to our review of the machine. In a departure from our usual reviewing style, we had two of our writers put ADAT through its paces and comment on the results. Paul White was responsible for the main review, and David Mellor also had an opportunity to test and comment on Alesis' new baby. Their conclusions? A major thumbs-up - ADAT proved to be a star performer in terms of both its audio performance and its facilities.

It's not so long ago that the arrival of affordable analogue multitracks revolutionised home recording. ADAT heralds a new era in which the widespread availability of digital recorders diminishes still further the gap between the audio quality of pro studios and that of personal studios. While ADAT is only the first affordable digital multitrack to appear - there will most certainly be others - it will remain one of the landmark products in the development of hi-tech music and recording.

This issue also looks at another form of digital recording, in our survey of the tapeless recording market. Rounding up all the tapeless systems necessarily means that details of specific products are minimal, but the overview that the survey provides is a valuable one, and you may be surprised at just how many systems are out there. Even those who aren't currently in the market for a tapeless recorder should at least be aware of how this particular area of technology is advancing; ultimately, even digital tape recorders will give way to random access systems, and it surely won't be all that long before we review a tapeless system that breaks the same price/performance barrier as ADAT.

Next article in this issue

Shape Of Things To Come

Sound On Sound - Copyright: SOS Publications Ltd.
The contents of this magazine are re-published here with the kind permission of SOS Publications Ltd.


Sound On Sound - Sep 1992

Editorial by Paul Ireson

Next article in this issue:

> Shape Of Things To Come

Help Support The Things You Love

mu:zines is the result of thousands of hours of effort, and will require many thousands more going forward to reach our goals of getting all this content online.

If you value this resource, you can support this project - it really helps!

Donations for June 2021
Issues donated this month: 0

New issues that have been donated or scanned for us this month.

Funds donated this month: £36.00

All donations and support are gratefully appreciated - thank you.

If you're enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive...

...with a one time Donation, or a recurring Donation of just £2 a month. It really helps - thank you!

Small Print

Terms of usePrivacy