Audio Reel Transfer

Transfer your 1/4″ Audio Reels to either CD, WAV, AIFF or MP3 files with our high-quality transfer service.



1/4″ Audio Reel Transfer Service

Audio Reel TransferWe offer a high-quality Audio Reel transfer service to either CD or digital file formats such as WAV, AIFF or MP3, we never transfer and convert straight to CD or files as this can produce poor results. We use a Philips 4407 three-speed four-track open reel recorder which is connected directly to a Sony DTC-750 D.A.T recorder using the Phono (RCA) cables, the signal is then passed to our computer using the optical digital out connection to offer the best transfer possible. Once we have your Audio Reel captured, we will use the latest restoration software to reduce the background hiss and noise that can make your Reels sound annoying.

Small 1/4" audio reel to CD, WAV, AIFF, MP3We can transfer your Reels that have been recorded at speeds of 1 7/8, 3 3/4 and 7 1/2 ips. As standard, we will provide a track for each side of the Reel we do offer an optional track splitting service. Before transferring your Reel we will inspect it for any damage and fit leader tape if required.

Once we have converted the transferred audio we will convert it to the required audio file format of your choice, if you have requested a CD we will export it as WAV files before creating your CD to ensure your CD is the highest quality possible. As standard, we will capture your audio at 16 bit 44.1 kHz as this is normal CD quality and will cause the least issues with devices such as phones, smart TVs or Media players. If you are looking for 24 bit 48 kHz files then please let us know and we can capture at the higher bitrate and frequency.

Audio formats we transfer toIf you are looking for audio files rather than CD we can transcode to almost any file format, as standard we will encode to WAV, AIFF or MP3. WAV and AIFF files offer the highest quality as they are uncompressed formats MP3 files are encoded at a constant bitrate of 320 kbps offering a smaller file size but retaining quality. Once your files are created they can be transferred to a USB drive or uploaded for you to download. You are welcome to supply your own USB drive or alternatively we can supply a high-speed Sandisk USB 3 Ultraflair drive for an additional cost starting at £9.00 for a 16GB drive.

We offer a digital download service for a cost of £10.00 per order with our digital download service you will be supplied a download link that will be active for 28 days to allow you to download your files. The link can be used as many times as you like allowing you to download multiple copies of your files making it easier to have backup copies. If you require longer to download your files just let us know before the end of the 28 days and we will be happy to extend the time at no extra cost.

Additional Services

Audio to Compact DiscAs standard our CDs come in a slimline jewel case with a title printed on your CD, we offer a few upgrade options such as track splitting, track listing inlays as well as additional editing services if required. The cost for track splitting is £5.00 per LP, track splitting is possible as long as there is a gap between tracks.

If you would like us to create an inlay showing artist/band, title and track listing we will be happy to create this for you at a cost of £5.00 per LP, when choosing a digital file option your tracks will be named with title and track name. We can also offer more advanced audio editing starting from £30.00 editing can include but is not limited to levelling audio, de-Essing, De-Clipping, De-Rustle, De-Hum, De-Wind and general editing such as cutting out parts of the audio. Please contact us to discuss your editing requirements and for a personalised quote.


Additional information

Playing Time

Up to an hour, 1-2 hours, 2-3 Hours, 3-4 Hours

Format Required


Track Splitting

Yes, No

Inlay with title and track names (CD Only)

Yes, No

2 reviews for Audio Reel Transfer

  1. Alan Swain (verified owner)

    George promptly replied to my email with all the info I needed to convert a 1970 tape reel & some old cassettes to MP3. Great service, easy to use.

  2. Jasper Fforde (verified owner)

    An easy company to talk to, swift transfers and good quality. I thought I would need track splitting but as it turned out I didn’t, so Transfer Audio called me and volunteered the refund. Just honest to goodness service, in the traditional manner. Will do all my future transferring with them – highly recommended.

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