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audio tape transfer

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audio tape transfer is our speciality!

We are experts in the restoration, accurate audio tape transfer, digital preservation and migration of analogue and digital audio tape. We can create any type of digital audio files such as Broadcast WAV, FLAC or MP3 from your analogue originals and often convert tapes to cd.

We are happy to work with small or large orders, individuals or larger institutions and organisations.

It doesn’t matter if you have one old compilation tape you’d like to hear on CD or an archive of thousands of quarter inch master recordings preserved to high resolution broadcast wav files (BWF). These are all important to their owners and are important to us.

We have carefully invested in a range of audio equipment that includes some of the best and most appropriate machines for the transfer of older magnetic audio tape. All our transfers are made to high resolution audio files, unless otherwise discussed, using very high quality Benchmark Media Systems and Lavry external analogue to digital (AD) converters.

When digitising ¼” audio tape we only use Studer A80 and Sony APR5003 with modified head assemblies which offer some of the best technical specs compared with many domestic machines.

When digitising audio cassettes we can use Nakamichi 680 and RX505 decks that are again some of the best audio cassette machines ever made.

Playhead Azimuth is always adjusted before each transfer. This is often key to achieving the best quality.

We do not use the cheap USB tape machines you can buy or record directly into CD recorders that can often cause problems with distorted sound.
While these machines may work their quality is often poor compared to our machines and they can handle tape roughly. If you have recordings that are important to you it’s worth getting the best from them by using a service such as ours.

Dolby 363 stereo A / SR noise reduction unit

audio formats supported

analogue mono / stereo tape

digital mono / stereo recordings

digital multitrack


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greatbear analogue and digital media ltd, 0117 985 0500
Unit 26, The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol, BS2 8QN, UK

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