The introduction of ADAT' and DTRS' recorders have continued the trend toward small format digital products begun in 1986 with the introduction of RDAT. While the expectations of RDAT as a consumer product were never fully realized, the format has found a home in professional audio studios worldwide. It is now the most popular professional digital format in the world. This paper compares the recorders, the media they use and the effect they are having on this industry, and concludes with some real-world tips on how to successfully utilize their features.
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