Reel-to-reel Audio Converted to Digital
Do you have reel-to-reel audio tapes sitting around? Are they so old that you wonder what is even on them? Wonder no more. Have those tapes converted to an Audio CD or audio file such as MP3 or WAV. Reel-to-reel tapes come in different sizes and can be recorded in different speeds. See the chart below to get an idea of how much audio you may have.
All conversions are done here in our office. We do not send your audio reels to another company. They are safe with us.
We will convert your analog audio to digital. Next, we "clean" the audio by removing and reducing the hiss and hum to improve the quality of your final CD or audio file. There's no charge for audio cleaning.
Audio Files (MP3, WAV, others)
For MP3 files, there are some advantages. The maximum time an Audio CD will hold is just under 80 minutes. As you can see from the chart below, some reels especially 10.5" reels, can be longer than 79 minutes. Choosing to convert your audio to an audio file eliminates needing multiple discs. Also, for music, we can create individual files for each song. This is dependent on gaps of silence between songs. Live music will not create individual song files as well as recordings with silence between songs. Audio can also be converted to WAV files for even higher quality. Other audio format options include: WMV, OGG, M4A, FLAC.
If you prefer an Audio CD, the CD can be made with or without individual audio tracks. Audio tracks allow you to skip through to find the section you want. For voice recordings, we recommend a single audio track. For music, we suggest individual tracks. The amount silence between songs will determine the tracks automatically. CDs can be custom printed with your text, logo or any other important information, and include a space-saving CD case.
Prices start as low as $25. From 1 to 100, we can convert your reel-to-reel audio tapes for safekeeping and years of enjoyment. Contact us with your questions.
* Only non-copyrighted material
How much audio is on my reel-to-reel?
|Audio Reel Size (length)|| 1 7/8 ips
| 3 3/4 ips
|7 1/2 ips
|3" (150 feet)||16 minutes||8 minutes||4 minutes||2 minutes|
|4" (300 feet)||32 minutes||16 minutes||8 minutes||4 minutes|
|5" (600 feet)||64 minutes||32 minutes||16 minutes||8 minutes|
|7" (1200 feet)||128 minutes||64 minutes||32 minutes||16 minutes|
|10.5" (2400 feet)||256 minutes||128 minutes||64 minutes||32 minutes|
Note: The speed is measured in inches per second (ips). The feet and lengths listed above are for common reels. Reels can be mono or stereo, and some reels can contain multiple recording speeds.