Organisations large and small are commissioning us to carefully transfer their professional-quality audio master tapes for long-term digital archiving.
Despite being primarily a video to DVD transfer business based in Milton Keynes, we’ve seen an upsurge in requests from existing and new customers who require their precious archive of analogue reel-to-reel 1/4-inch audio master tapes digitising for long term archiving.
It’s interesting that such a demand arises in the middle of what is our worst financial depression since the 1930s, too.
Perhaps the underlying reason is that analogue tape stock is going to deteriorate with or without a recession, so a decision becomes simple – to digitally preserve the recordings on the tapes or do discard them forever!
Deteriorating tapes that need attention before it’s too late
A huge number of analogue audio recordings mastered on studio-quality 1/4-inch tapes sit languishing in the archives of radio stations, audio-visual production companies, production companies and even people’s homes that will probably never be heard again while they rely on the specialised technology required to transfer the recordings from the analogue world into the digital domain. The often priceless content of these tape recordings must be digitally transferred now before it’s too late.
To that end, we’ve been undertaking an increasing amount of 1/4-inch audio tape transfer not only to CD but also to HDD (Hard Disc Drives) as well as to computer files which are then used as part of online training and entertainment module development. Recent clients include The Open University, the Bletchley Park Trust and several UK audio-visual production companies as well as radio stations.
Is this a service we can provide for you or your organisation? Have a look around you and there’s no doubt you’ll see lots of audio recordings in a variety of physical formats – with audio-cassette and reel-to-reel tape being the most common.