PRESERVATION OF MAGNETIC AUDIO TAPE TO ARCHIVAL WAV/FLAC  IN OXFORDSHIRE UK

Audio Duplication at Oxford Duplication Centre

AUDIO REEL TO REEL OXFORDSHIRE UK  

PRESERVATION OF MAGNETIC AUDIOTAPE

Our studio specialises in the preservation of magnetic audiotape, supporting our clients with handling, cleaning and storage of magnetic audiotapes to HQ archival WAV or FLAC digital files that comply with The National Archives Specifications. Audio samples are from a Sir Walter Hayes Collection we were commissioned to archive.  These can be viewed https://walterhayes.co.uk/acknowledgments/

Structure of Magnetic Tape: Our studio specialises in converting tape using iron oxide on polyester base film. This base film has been used since the mid-sixties as a replacement for acetate bases film that was prone to chemical instability.

Sticky-shed syndrome:   Unfortunately changes made by manufacturers meant a chemical  instability causing a 'binder' on the tape started breaking down, absorbing water as a result.  This caused the tape coatings to become sticky and shed oxide onto the tape recorders heads, guides, rollers, and capstans. This is commonly called sticky-shed syndrome.  BASF nor 3M studio tapes suffer from the problem because neither manufacturer used the hygroscopic binder).  To resolve this, we heat the tapes at a very low temperature in order drive the water out of the binders. This  is a one-time solution because the binder remains unstable. Tapes that do not show the breakdown syndrome do not need any special treatment.

Handling:  Our trained archive specialists handle all orders with white gloves. Audio reels are handled by the center hub area or by the outer edges of the reel flanges, ensuring that the actual tape is not touched. Cassettes are handled by the existing outer plastic case and that fingers not be placed anywhere inside the cassette mechanism.

Storage:  Storage is extremely important. The National Archives recommends that any tapes needing preservation should be stored between 65–70 °F (18–21 °C) at 45-50% relative humidity.  Cold weather conditions below 46 °F (8 °C), means the tape lubricant can separate from the base, ruining the recording. The most important thing is to keep conditions consistent once desirable conditions are achieved.

Digitisation:   Now is the time to convert magnetic audiotape due to age related issues.  Our preservation services are highly successful, especially with fragile tapes.  Our service is to convert to high quality archive standard WAV or FLAC files. Once converted, these can be stored on to servers for safe storage. MP3 files at your desired bit rate can be prepared from the archive files for website use.

With over 10 years in archiving audio tapes and cassettes, we can provide you with solutions to your audio archiving needs. Our studio is equipped with the best recording equipment and properly maintained tape machines, you can expect your audio tapes to be digitally preserved at the highest quality in a timely manner.

Audio Tape Digital Transfer Services

STANDARD CONSUMER 1/4" AUDIO REEL TO REELS, TAPE CASSETTES
& MICRO CASSETTES

PRICE LIST: WE CHARGE BY THE HALF HOUR
ENSURING TO KEEP YOUR COSTS TO A MINIMUM

TO CD, WAV OR MP3 DIGITAL FILES
AUDIO CONVERSION 30 MINS 60 MINS 90 MINS 120 MINS 180 MINS+
1+ 18.00 20.00 22.00 24.00 26.00
5+ 16.00 18.00 20.00 22.00 24.00
10+ 14.00 16.00 18.00 20.00 22.00
25+ 12.00 14.00 16.00 18.00 20.00
50+ 10.00 12.00 14.00 16.00 18.00
100+ 8.00 10.00 12.00 14.00 16.00
ALL PRICES INCLUDE A GENERAL RESTORATION OF ALL AUDIO TRACKS.
DIGITAL FILES CAN BE PREPARED TO WAV, MP3 OR CDS

PRICES EXCLUDE VAT @ 20%

AUDIO POST PRODUCTION COSTS

POST PRODUCTION COSTS 30MINS 1HR 2HR 3HR 4HRS THEREAFTER
HOURLY COSTS 40.00 60.00 100.00 150.00 200.00 45PHR

 

Our Services within Audio & Video

Audio Post Production and Enhancement Services Oxfordshire UK

Audio Post Production

We support our clients in creating and delivering digital media support through creative processes to bring together the best out of your Audio footage. Our post production staff can piece together your audio projects ready for marketing.

Audio Enhancement

Audio Restoration

We are specialists in audio restoration and transcribing. From complicated audio to general clean ups, we can take your audio in which ever format and restore to an acceptable balance that is suitable for your requirements.

Vinyl to WAV or MP3

Vinyls LPS 78's Voice O Graphs

Professional studio quality vinyl transfers to WAV, MP3 or AIFF files. From rare 78's, LPs, EPs, Albums, Voice O Graph we can convert using our Pro-Tools set up and prepare stunning audio transfers.

Audio  Cassettes to CD or WAV

Audio Tape Cassettes

Professional audio tape transfers to include micro cassettes. From 1 unit to the 100's. To CD or digital files. Printed CDs of family photos can ensure a beautiful bespoke present. Perfect for corporate or private clients.

DAT Tape to CD or WAV

Audio DAT Tapes

Digital Audio Tape (DAT or R-DAT) is a signal recording and playback medium developed by Sony and introduced in 1987. Like most formats of videocassette, a DAT cassette may only be recorded and played in one direction, unlike an analog compact audio cassette.

Audio Reel to  Reel Conversions

Audio Reel to Reel Tapes

Nothing quite matches the pure, warm tones of open-reel magnetic tape. But working reel-to-reel players are few and far between. It's time to fast forward to the present. Everyday we’re converting thousands of feet of audio reels to digital, preserving audio so that you can listen to it again and again.

Contact Us 01865 457000

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm / Friday 9am-3pm

CURRENT OPENING HOURS DURING COVID-19 FOR CLIENTS TO COLLECT AND DROP IN

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10-3PM

Parking is located behind the large green building . We are located at the rear of the premises