Preservation of Audio Studio Master Reels to WAV/FLAC | Oxford UK

Audio Duplication at Oxford Duplication Centre

AUDIO REEL TO REEL OXFORDSHIRE UK  

Preservation of Magnetic Audio Tape | Tape Archiving, Recovery, and Tape Transfer Services

standard cassettes | micro cassettes  | 8-tracks  | vinyl records  | domestic reel to reel  | cd ripping  | pro reel to reel  | dat audio tape | laserdiscs
Our studio support clients from 1 audio tape to large archives that require ingestion, using professional machinery from Tascam, Sony and Revox to provide exceptionally high-quality audio outputs which adhere to the IASA guidelines

We offer output formats to Waveform Audio File Format (WAV, WAVE, Broadcast BWF) AIFF, MP3 or CD in formats 16-bit 44.1 kHz (CD) upto 24-bit 192 kHz

Clients include Langham Archivehttps://www.allsouls.org/ and Walter Hayes Archive https://walterhayes.co.uk/acknowledgments/

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

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.  BASF nor 3M studio tapes suffer from the problem because neither manufacturer used the hygroscopic binder).  To resolve this, we heat the tapes at a very low temperature in order drive the water out of the binders. This  is a one-time solution because the binder remains unstable. Tapes that do not show the breakdown syndrome do not need any special treatment.

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.

Digitisation:   Now is the time to convert magnetic audiotape due to age related issues.  Our preservation services are highly successful, especially with fragile tapes.  Our service is to convert to high quality archive standard WAV or FLAC files. Once converted, these can be stored on to servers for safe storage. MP3 files at your desired bit rate can be prepared from the archive files for website use.

With over 10 years in archiving audio tapes and cassettes, we can provide you with solutions to your audio archiving needs. Our studio is equipped with the best recording equipment and properly maintained tape machines, you can expect your audio tapes to be digitally preserved at the highest quality in a timely manner.

Audio Tape Digital Transfer Services

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)
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+ 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
requirements
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
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 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.

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 cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com