Alesis ADAT

The digital home-recording revolution starts here
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In an age where computers can record and mix hundreds of audio tracks using low-cost software, it’s difficult to fathom the transformation brought about by the ADAT . Short for Alesis Digital Audio Tape, ADAT machines provided 8 tracks of 16- and 20-bit digital recording on S-VHS tape for just under $4,000 in the early ‘90s. But it was the ability to link multiple ADAT machines that sealed the deal. Suddenly, everyone had a 24-track recording studio, and the race to create a new pro-sumer level of gear was on.