DCC recorders are complicated devices. But the service manuals and datasheets that are available online give great insight into how a DCC recorder works in general. They also give many subtle hints about how we could teach them new tricks.

Here's a list of the things that I want to make my recorders do:

  • Extract text information such as song titles
  • Extract audio in PASC-encoded format
  • Store a cassette dump on an SD card inside or outside a recorder
  • Play a dump file as if it's a cassette
  • Record a dump file to a cassette

It will take a lot of effort to do all this, but I'm pretty sure the information to accomplish it is all publicly available. What I first need to do is figure out some details about how a recorder works, and find a way to improve it.

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