I own a top-quality multiple-channel digital audio recorder -- a Tascam 2488 Neo -- for my part-time hobby and business. Prior to purchasing last year, I made sure that the recorder had a USB port so I could move songs (.wav files) to and from my PC.
The recorder allows me to assign each song a unique name and save it, by name, on the recorder hard drive. The recorder drive has several partitions where songs are saved, but only the FAT (file allocation table) partition can be accessed through the USB port.
The problem is that the songs (.wav files) on the FAT partition are not the actual song names but default names created by the recorder, such as "SONG001.WAV, SONG002.WAV, etc." Also, the songs on the FAT partition all have the same date: 8-22-2008. Therefore, when viewing the recorder files from my PC, there is no way to tell the actual song name or the date the song was created. When dealing with multiple files, this is a hassle.
Worse yet, if I delete file SONG003.wav from the sequence SONG001.wav to SONG007.wav, the next song saved will be named SONG003.wav even though it was created after SONG007.wav.
The recorder manufacturer says this is normal, as 8-22-08 is the default date for Windows 7. And the file renaming "is just the way it is."
This is a really high-performance, state-of-the are digital recorder. You would think the designers could have, at the least, put a unique date on each of the .wav files.
This entry was submitted by Tom Spink and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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