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  | domestic reel to reel  | cd ripping  | 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

CORPORATE AND CONSUMER
DOMESTIC AND MULTI-TRACK REEL TO REEL
TAPES, CASSETTES AND DICTAPHONE TAPE CONVERSION

Output to Waveform Audio File Format (WAV, WAVE, Broadcast BWF)
AIFF, MP3 or CD

16-bit 44.1 kHz (CD) upto 24-bit 192 kHz
Our service supports consumer, corporate, production houses and heritage with
professional, high quality audio conversions, from 1 unit to 1000's.

Clients include Open University, All Souls College, Oxford University, Production
Houses. We support NDA clients with confidential orders that require specialist work.
CASSETTE SERVICES PER TAPE 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 500+
Cassettes, Dictaphone, Mini and Micro Cassettes
Cassettes - 30mins 20.00 18.00 16.00 14.00 12.00
Cassettes - 60mins 24.00 22.00 20.00 18.00 16.00
Cassettes - 90mins 26.00 24.00 22.00 20.00 18.00
Cassettes - 120mins 28.00 26.00 24.00 22.00 20.00
Tape baking per reel - if required 5.00
Audio restoration per cassette 10.00
1/4" DOMESTIC SERVICES PER REEL 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 500+
Domestic reel to reel - 30mins 20.00 18.00 16.00 14.00 12.00
Domestic reel to reel - 60mins 24.00 22.00 20.00 18.00 16.00
Domestic reel to reel - 90mins 26.00 24.00 22.00 20.00 18.00
Domestic reel to reel - 120mins 28.00 26.00 24.00 22.00 20.00
Domestic reel to reel - 180mins 30.00 28.00 26.00 24.00 22.00
Tape baking per reel - if required 5.00
Audio restoration per reel 10.00
Reels are converted with a general audio restoration. If you require a more detailed
restoration, then an additional charge of £10.00 per reel will apply.

Domestic spool diameters are 3.25", 5" and 7"
with recording speeds of either 1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips or 7 1/2 ips
and usually quarter-track (4 track) mono or stereo.
1/4" HALF/2-TRACK SERVICES PER REEL 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 500+
2-track studio master professional tape 7" 30.00 28.00 26.00 24.00 22.00
2-track studio master professional tape 10.5" 40.00 38.00 36.00 34.00 32.00
Prices include baking
Spool diameters are 7" and 10.5" half-track
(2-track) stereo running at 15 ips or 30 ips.
1/4" MULTI-TRACK SERVICES PER REEL 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 500+
4-track professional tape 10.5" 50.00 45.00 40.00 35.00 30.00
8-track professional tape 10.5" 60.00 55.00 50.00 45.00 40.00
Prices include baking
1/2" MULTI-TRACK SERVICES PER REEL 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 500+
1/2 inch 2-track professional tape 60.00 55.00 50.00 45.00 40.00
1/2 inch 4-track professional tape 70.00 65.00 60.00 55.00 50.00
1/2 inch 8-track professional tape 80.00 75.00 70.00 65.00 60.00
1/2 inch 16-track professional tape 100.00 95.00 90.00 85.00 80.00
Prices include baking
Please contact us for a detailed quotation based upon your
requirements
1" MULTI-TRACK SERVICES PER REEL 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 500+
1 inch 4-track professional tape 70.00
1 inch 8-track professional tape 90.00
1 inch 16-track professional tape 110.00
1 inch 24-track professional tape 130.00
Prices include baking
Please contact us for a detailed quotation based upon your
requirements

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

Our office and customer parking is located at the back of our premises behind the large green building attached, opposite Benmead Road.

Contact Us 01865 457000 or email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com