1/4″ Audio Reel Transfer to MP3
We offer a high-quality Audio Reel transfer service to MP3 digital files, we never transfer and convert straight to 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.
We 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. 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.
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.
As standard you will receive a separate file for each side of your Reel, we offer upgrade options of track splitting, as well as additional editing services if it’s required. The cost for track splitting is £5.00 per record, track splitting is possible as long as there is a detectable gap between the tracks. We use a combination of software packages to capture, restore and edit your audio depending on what is required.
For capture, we use either Adobe Audition or Avid Pro tools both of which use the Izotope RX restoration software to reduce any background noise from your older analogue formats. For editing, we offer a range of services that include basic cuts or normalize tracks, we can also offer more advanced audio editing which 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, our audio editing costs start at £30.00.