The record companys entire thesis is that the people who will become DAT owners are people who will damage their sales figures by copying their products. So where does the home recordist fit into all this? Not very well, Im afraid, because SCMS will think that any music passing from the output of your mixing console into your DAT recorder is somebody elses copyright - not yours - and that somebody else has not given permission to copy. You will get one recording onto DAT, but when you borrow your friends machine to make a back up, you will find that it will not record. SCMS may think that it is protecting some imaginary record companys rights, but it is INFRINGING your right to make as many digital clones of your own music as you like.
In conclusion, DAT is good and there should be more of it about. Its streets ahead of analogue tape on sound quality and once you have it, youll wonder how you ever did without. But any of the forthcoming crop of domestic machines with the SCMS system are not as suitable for mastering as they should be. I would imagine that the choice will eventually be between an inexpensive domestic machine with SCMS, or an expensive professional machine without. Or perhaps SCMS will kill the idea of low cost DAT entirely. Is that what the manufacturers want? Perhaps we should be thinking of st arting an anti-SCMS lobby right now. Are you ready to stand up and be counted?Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
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