33010Re: [midatlanticretro] RE: SCSI ZIP Drive Question
- Oct 28, 2013HI Gang:
Following up on Herb's observations on Zip disks:
For a long time, we used Zip disks where I worked in a slightly
unusual manner: There were used to store audio recordings. A company
called 360 Systems manufactured an audio recorder/player that took the
place of what was the industry standard audio recording and playback
device: the NAB audio cartridge. Audio "carts" are still used in some
broadcast facilities to this day.
But the 360 Systems Digicart offered many advantages: much longer
recording time, ability to trim the start and end of the recording
after the fact, and almost instant access to whatever was on the
disk. The company originally used 44 mb removable disks, but went to
the iomega Zip format soon on. The Zip disks could record in full
bandwidth digital recording (48K sampling) or a data compressed mode,
AC2 that reduced file size by a factor of about 4, with virtually
indistinguishable quality from the original.
The Zip disks were handy and often used to send important audio
recordings, like "Theme Packages" to remote sites for use in a sports
The gist of it is that we almost -never- had any failures. And, once
the disk was on site, the audio operator could transfer the content to
an internal hard drive, if his Digicart had one (most did). It was a
simple, easy to use, and reliable system.
We also have some Jaz drives, which were used for temporary storage of
audio tracks in an audio for video post production system. In this
case, the Jaz would hold the dialog of an hour-long soap opera, as it
was moved along in various stages of post production. After the
episode was broadcast, the Jaz disk would be erased and used for a new
It was the case that we used the iomega formatting software to erase
the disks. With the Digicarts however, the recorder itself could
erase a disk, likely with licensed code from iomega.
Bottom line: the Zip and Jaz disks did yeoman work, with few failures.
73 de Ray
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