Digitally Compact cartridge

digitally the Compact cartridge is one of Philips developed alternative to the traditional similar Compact cartridge, which is likewise a Philips invention.

Digitally the Compact cartridge was called at the beginning of internal S-DAT (statics heads digitally audio Tape) (because of similarity with the professional DAT - photograph system). DCC Player were to be played able the conventional similar Compact cartridge. Admission was possible however only on DCC cartridges.

Like MP3 or the mini disk also this medium uses data reduction. In addition one used a system named “PASC” (Precision adaptive Subband Coding), which the music piece on approx. 1:4 compressed. PASC is almost identical to MPEG-1 audio Layer 1 and works with a data rate of 384 kbit/s.

Contrary to the direct competition product, the mini disk, this system did not have initial problems with the sound quality, however lack stood to the further spreading concerning the handling in the way. Finding a song in the center of a 90-Minuten-Kassette could last already once more than one minute. Features, which were to be found with mini disk (very fast deletion of a piece, arbitrary shifting and above all the fast control of titles) could not this medium system-dependently not offer. However the system offered likewise the possibility of entering titles and interpreter; with some finished taped cartridges even song texts were indicated. Despite smaller equipment prices and clear progress in the operation (“turbo-drive” - drive assembly, 90-Min-Kassette in one minute rewound) the DCC could not become generally accepted.

The combination of the portable DCC Rekorders 175 with a commercial Windows PC was revolutionary. With it one could overact already 1995 pieces directly from the Rekorder on the non removable disk of the computer, edits, archives, or the Rekorder directly from the PC by means of software to serve.

In the center of the 90's one wanted to establish this system (18-Bit-Auflösung) due to the outstanding sound characteristics in the Studioproduktion, what did not succeed. Finally the development and production were stopped 1996.


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