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Reel to Reel Audio Tape Transfer

Cassette tape transfer

Reel to Reel Audio Tape Transfer

Many people have old reel-to-reel tapes with family recordings from the 50s and 60s or later. We transfer reel-to-reel audio tapes in our studio with state-of-the-art equipment. The usual format nowadays is MP3, a digital file that can be played back on any kind of device from smartphones to TVs. It is also possible to have your recordings transferred to CD ROM although as CD players themselves are now old technology this is not usually requested.

On this page, you can see the equipment we use for reel-to-reel audio tape transfer.

Reel to Reel Audio tape transfer with our Akai GX-215D Professional Tape Recorder, fully restored

This impressive machine can transfer your audio reel-to-reel tapes recorded at different speeds with multiple tracks and even in stereo. The film below is the actual machine we use and shows a dB readout as well as an audio transfer sample. Single-side mono audio is split to dual-channel mono in the PC after capture.

Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

Heads: 1 x GX playback, 1 x GX record, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4  7 1⁄2 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.09% (7 1⁄2 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 25kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 56dB

Total harmonic distortion: 1%

Input: 70mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)

Output: 0.775V (line)

Semiconductors: 27 x transistors, 17 x diodes

Dimensions: 380 x 390 x 293mm

Weight: 15.7kg

Limitations with Reel to Reel Audio

Some of these tapes run for many hours, it's not feasible for us to listen to everything that is on the tapes and find the 5-minute recording of grandma speaking in the 1970s mixed in with hours of music recorded from the radio and goodness knows what else. So, when we transfer a tape for you, you will receive everything that's transferred including music and grandma speaking. You will have to invest some of your time later editing out the good bits you want to keep and throwing away the unwanted recordings. This is very easy to do on a PC or MAC using video editing software or even the excellent and free-to-download and use Audacity, the link is below. 


Stereo Audio Cassette transfer Technics RS-TR474

A top of the line Hi-Fi separate is used for superb reproduction of your audio cassettes with fantastic Dolby settings to reduce noise and hiss. Further audio remastering is sometimes used within the computer to further enhance the output.

Type: auto reverse, double compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 x reel, 2 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Headroom Extension: HX Pro

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 17kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.1%

Input: 100mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 136 x 285mm

Weight: 4.4kg

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