Audio Tape Baking | Audio Specialists Oxfordshire UK

Audio Duplication at Oxford Duplication Centre


Audio Tape Baking Services and Transfers in Oxfordshire UK

audio transfer | video transfer  | motion film transfer  | photographic film transfer  | book transfer  | document transfer 

Sticky Tape Syndrome affects most professional magnetic tape that was produced from the 1970's, due to a breakdown of the binder that holds the magnetic particles in place.

This is most notable with Ampex 406 and 456 magnetic tapes. The breakdown causes the tapes to squeal when conversion is in place, if transferring of audio continues it can cause serious damage not only to the tape with permanent loss of information but the machinery used due to build up of shedding contaminants on the audio heads.

    Our studio is equipped with professional tape baking ovens, that precisely reverses the chemical deterioration using a temperature controlled treatment that will allow a one pass audio conversion without further damage to the tape. Tape baking can take between 6-4 days depending on the reels being baked. ¼” stereo reels may take between 8 hours and 2 days with 2” multitrack reel up to 4 days.

Magnetic audio tape prior to 1970s ‘pro’ formulations and domestic audio reels typically do not require baking due to their binder being more durable.

With all orders that arrive at our studio, we first inspect each tape and assess for tape baking.  We will advise the client accordingly as there is a charge that will need to be included with the project costs.

Corporate, Heritage and Consumer Audio Tape Digitisation
Domestic and Multi-Track Reel to Reel
Tapes, Studio Masters, Cassettes and Dictaphone Tape Conversion

Output to Waveform Audio File Format (WAV, WAVE, Broadcast BWF)

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+ 25+ 50+ 100+
Cassettes, Dictaphone, Mini and Micro Cassettes
Cassettes - 30mins 18.00 16.00 14.00 12.00 10.00
Cassettes - 60mins 20.00 18.00 16.00 14.00 12.00
Cassettes - 90mins 22.00 20.00 18.00 16.00 14.00
Cassettes - 120mins 24.00 22.00 20.00 18.00 16.00
Tape baking per reel - if required 5.00
Audio restoration per cassette 10.00
1/4" DOMESTIC SERVICES PER REEL1+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
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 REEL1+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
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 REEL1+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
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 REEL1+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
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
1" MULTI-TRACK SERVICES PER REEL1+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
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

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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

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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.

Our offices are open to clients by appointment Monday to Thursday 8am-4pm Friday 8am - 3pm

Our offices and large customer parking are located at the back of our premises, 29b Rear Part Banbury Road, Kidlington OX5 1AQ, behind the large green building attached, opposite Benmead Road.

Contact Us 01865 457000 or email