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Casio DA-1

DA-1 tech specs

  • Released: 1989
  • Initial price: £550[1]
  • Clearance price: £375[2]
  • Company: Casio
  • Type: Portable recorder
  • Sample rates (playback): 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
  • Sample rates (record): 48 kHz
  • Sample resolution (playback): 16-bit
  • Sample resolution (record): 15-bit
  • Tracks: stereo
  • Audio in: Line, mic
  • Audio out: Line, headphones

The DA-1 was a portable DAT recorder released by Casio in 1989. Although it can only record at a 15-bit resolution instead of the format's full 16-bit potential, at half the cost of Sony's own offering a year earlier, it was quite popular amongst electronic musicians of the time.

Notable users


  1. "Turnkey" Turnkey (Vendor), Sound On Sound, Nov 1989
  2. "Turnkey" Turnkey (Vendor), Sound On Sound, Jan 1991
  3. "Voodoo Chile" Simon Trask, Music Technology, Apr 1990
  4. "Meet the Beat" Steve Cogan, Music Technology, Jan 1991


Stereo recorders: Aiwa HD-S1 | Casio DA-1 | Edirol R-09 | Sony PCM-F1