Transfer and restore your vintage recordings to newer storage media.

Some of the most rewarding work we do is restoring the content of older recordings which exists only on obsolete media such as cassettes and reel to reel tapes. Many of the projects we have completed involved interviews or performances recorded 30 or 40 years ago.

Often cassettes or reel to reel tapes stored since the 50s, 60s, and 70s are so fragile that attempting playback on ordinary machines is not recommended. We take great care with this older media, and prepare it as necessary for one pass audiophile transfers in which the audio is converted to digital format.

We then work with the digital encodings so we can return your master to you.

The digital recordings can be restored using state of the art software. We can greatly reduce hiss, remove some undesireable audio artifiacts like clicks and pops, and enhance the sound quality and intelligibility of your recordings.

We provide you with a master of the original transfer, and one of the restored audio as well.

Many of our clients request that we duplicate the restored recordings onto CDs so they can be given as gifts. We can replicate the CDs and prepare inserts and other CD packaging materials in house. All you pay is our regular rate of $50.00 per hour for our work. There is no charge for standard materials.

Some recent projects include:

  • Two teenage sisters, now adults with their own teenage children, interviewed their great-grandmother about what her life was like in the early 1900s.
  • A woman's father, who was a popular radio host, had left professional reel to reel recordings of some of his radio show appearances to his daughter, who did not have the equipment to listen to them.
  • A cassette recording of a grandmother who passed away in 1972 was found in a shoebox. Until they listened to the restored recording, her children and grandchildren had not heard her voice or her music in 30 years.
  • A legal firm needed police interview recordings only available on cassette transferred to CDs so they could use them in researching and preparing their case.
  • A composer needed recordings of her pieces, made 30 years ago during a performance, transferred and restored so she could use them as demo material.
  • A mother and father had cassette recordings of a son's performance with an internationally renowned boy's choir transferred to CD, so they would not lose this important part of their family history.

Transfer costs vary with the restoration work necessary and equipment required for playback. Please contact us to discuss your project.

Many cassette and reel to reel recordings made prior to 1975 are getting dangerously near the end of their usable lifespan. Please, if you have recordings that are important to you and your family, get them transferred to a newer format soon!

File Encoding

Online music delivery requires that your audio be available in a compressed format. Standard audio files are too large to be practical for download or streaming. Some common formats include MP3s, WMA, and protected formats like those used by music on iTunes. Many audio file encoders/converters are available for home use, and some artists choose to do their media encoding themselves.

But if you want quality encodings, using the best software codecs, made by an engineer with a discerning ear, we suggest that you let us do the work for you. We feel our encodings sound better than the average musician can do at home.

Charge for file encoding is our usual rate of $50.00 per hour.