DAT is an acronym for Digital Audio Tape. These again are going the way of the dinosaurs but may still occasionally be found in some recording studios. DAT recorders are a bit like digital cassette recorders. The recording quality is very good, but you can not edit recordings in any way & cueing recordings off them is clumsy.



Minidisc recorders were invented as domestic audio devices but their list of available features makes them ideal for theatre work. They are still in widespread use today in many theatres although computers are becoming more common for playback & especially for editing. Minidisc recorders have the following advantages:

Instant start

Good sound quality

Fairly immune to jogging & skipping

Relatively cheap to buy the recorders & the discs

Good editing facilities

“Auto Pause” is a feature that automatically pauses a track after it has finished playing & cues up the next track on the disc. This means that the sound engineer never has to worry about physically pressing the stop button at the end of a track & lining up the next required track.



Are fairly new to the market but offer all of the advantages that minidisc recorders have with the added advantage that there are no moving parts to go wrong. Audio is stored on compact flash cards, USB sticks or hard drives. Some of these devices also allow you to connect them to computers so that the editing duties can be taken care of using a computer’s large monitor screen & then the edited audio transferred over to the playback device.