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

Whatever the size or scale of your digitisation project we can help. From a few precious tapes to a warehoused archive we have the equipment and expertise to preserve your content and make it accessible to new audiences.We can record analog sources at 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz, at 24 or 16 bits.
standard cassettes ⇾ | micro cassettes  ⇾ | 8-tracks  ⇾ | vinyl records  | 1/4" reel to reel  ⇾ | cd ripping  ⇾ | 1/4" pro reel to reel  ⇾ | dat audio tape  ⇾

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 The Sir Walter Hayes Collection we were commissioned to archive.  These can be viewed https://walterhayes.co.uk/acknowledgments/

  • Preservation Copy:  Our technicians create high quality duplicates of the original record.  Output will have a high sampling rate, high bitrate, no compression and in a open or non-proprietary format. This way, if the original record deteriorates beyond use the preservation copy will be able to take its place. A preservation copy will last for years or decades.

  • Access Copy:  This is a well supported digital MP3 copy that you can play back easily.

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.  To resolve this, we heat the tapes at a very low temperature in order drive the water out of the binders.

Handling:  Our trained archive specialists handle all orders with a white glove approach. 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.

Audio Tape Digital Transfer Services

CONSUMER, CORPORATE AND HERITAGE
AUDIO MAGNETIC TAPE COLLECTIONS

1/4" Audio Reel to Reel,
Tape Cassettes, Micro Cassettes, DAT Tapes

Our services are charged by the half hour, ensuring
to keep your project costs to a minimum.

Output to BWF, WAV Non Compressed Digital Files,
MP3 or CD
UNITS 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
HERITAGE 30 MINS 60 MINS 90 MINS 120 MINS 180 MINS
100+ 10.00 12.00 14.00 16.00 18.00
500+ 9.00 11.00 11.00 13.00 15.00
1000+ 8.00 10.00 12.00 14.00 16.00
Our studio offers professional audio machinery to ensure
your conversions are converted to the highest quality.

Reel to reel speeds 1.7/8ips, 3 3/4ips, 7 1/2ips and 15ips
from 1-4 tracks

All orders have their difficulties but we are highly experienced
in monitoring and adjusting levels as required.  Our audio restoration services can
support clients with general level or complex restoration.

All orders can be converted to a choice of formats to include:
AIFF (MAC), BWF, WAV, MP3 or CD
PRICES EXCLUDE VAT @ 20%

SPECIALIST 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 or email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com

Our offices are open to clients by appointment Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

Customer parking is located at the back of the premises behind the large green building attached, opposite Ben Mead Road.