Audio Reel, Micro, Mini and Compact Cassette Transfer and Conversion
We can transfer and convert your 1/4″ Audio Reels, Standard Compact Cassettes as well as the smaller Micro Cassettes that were used with dictaphones. we never capture straight-to-disc or lower-quality files as this does not offer the highest quality. Instead, we capture your Audio Reels and Cassettes as uncompressed WAV files using either Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition or Izotope RX.
For transferring Audio Reels we use a Philips 4407 open reel tape recorder which gets connected directly to a Sony DTC-750 DAT recorder, which feeds the audio signal into one of our computers via digital optical cable for the best transfer quality possible. We can capture, transfer and convert reels recorded at speeds of 1 7/8, 3 3/4 and 7 1/2. Our open reel recorder is a 4 track recorder which enables us to transfer any reels that were also recorded on a multi-track machine.
For transferring Compact Cassettes we use one of two tape decks, a Technics RS-BX601 or a Denon DRM-740, both decks are 3 head machines offering the best quality for transferring your cassettes or tapes. Both decks are great for playing old cassettes however, the Denon is a dual capstan deck making it better for hard-to-play tapes that are a little tight due to not being played for a long time. We connect the tape decks directly to a Sony DTC-750 DAT recorder which then passes the signal from the tape deck directly to one of our computers.
When transferring Micro Cassettes we use a Sony M-530V. The micro cassette was used in dictaphones produced by companies such as Sony, Panasonic and Olympus. We connect the M-530V to a Sony DTC-750 DAT recorder which is then connected to one of our computers by optical digital cable to offer the best transfer quality possible for your cassette.
When transferring Mini Cassettes we use a Philips Pocket Memo 398. The Mini Cassette was produced by Philips and is a different size from the Micro Cassettes that were produced by Sony, Panasonic or Olympus. We connect the Pocket Memo 398 to a Sony DTC-750 DAT recorder which is then connected to one of our computers by optical digital cable to offer the best transfer quality possible for your cassette.
Included in the cost is basic processing which includes filtering out hiss and background tape noise as standard, results will depend on the quality of your original recording and tape quality however, in most cases background noise will be eliminated. We use industry-standard audio restoration software to remove the background noise, if you require more detailed information on the software we use then please get in touch with us with any questions you have.
Once we have transferred your Reel or cassette and filtered out the background noise we will then convert it to the required file format that you require, if you have chosen CD we will convert firstly to WAV files before creating your audio compact disc. If you have chosen digital files we convert to the required audio file format, as standard, we offer WAV, AIFF or MP3. Both WAV and AIFF offer uncompressed quality to match the quality of CD however, MP3 files are compressed so offer lower quality but have smaller file sizes.
Once your files have been created they can be put onto a USB drive which your welcome to supply alternatively we can supply one at an additional cost starting from £9.00 for a 16gb Sandisk Ultraflair. We also offer a digital download service at an additional cost of £10.00 per order.