Analog Reel-to-Reel, Cassette and
Digital Tape Transfer Service.
Creative Audio Works specializes in analog and digital tape transfer services. Analog Cassette, reel-to-reel tape and digital tape formats including DAT, DA88 and ADAT. Quality is important to us and a superior transfer starts with state of the art equipment. We use Otari MTR-12 2 track reel-to-reel recorders for 3 3/4 ips-30 its transfers. Modified Tascam 32B tape recorders are used for 2 and 4 track tapes recorded at 1 7/8th ips. Studer A710 decks and Marantz PMD 502 Cassette decks are used for 2 track cassette transfer and a Tascam 238 is used for 8 track cassette transfer.
All our machines are kept in excellent working condition and are regularly calibrated. All tapes are checked for condition, leaders are added to the beginning and end of each tape and then placed onto an appropriate machine for playback.
Reel-to-reel Tape Formats Supported
We can transfer all ¼” and ½” reel-to-reel tapes to high-resolution audio files or compact discs including any of the following tape head formats:
¼” Half Track (¼ track)
¼” 4 track
¼” and ½”inch Tascam and Fostex eight track (Dolby C, S and DBX Type 1)
½” sixteen track (Dolby C, S and DBX Type 1)
We can transfer reel-to-reel tapes recorded at the following speeds:
1 ⅞ ips.
3 ¾ ips.
7 ½ ips.
Dolby A, B and SR as well as dBX Type I and II noise reduction services are available. See our studio page for a list of our equipment Or feel free to use our Contact page and fill out our form, or simply email [email protected].
1/2″ Eight Track Reel-to-Reel Transfer
Creative Audio Works can transfer ½” analog eight track reel-to-reel tape with or without DBX noise reduction to hi resolution 96k/24bit digital audio files. We use a custom head arrangement crafted by John French of JRF Magnetics. The erase and record heads have been removed and replaced with rollers to reduce drag thus reducing wow and flutter.
Sticky Tape Syndrome
Many tapes recorded starting in the late 1970’s where recorded on tape that now suffers from Stick-Shed Syndrome”, a condition created by the deterioration of the binders in magnetic tape.
Creative Audio Works offers an all in one package of tape baking and transfer to digital files. Upon completion of the transfer you will receive a link to download your files.
1/4″ Eight Track Reel-To-Reel Transfer
Fostex and Tascam 1/4 inch 8 track reel-to-reel recordings made on the following decks. A8, Model 8 R8 and Tascam 388
Eight Track Cassette Transfer
Tascam 8 track cassette recordings made on the following decks. 238, 488 and 688 cassette decks.
Creative Audio Works can transfer and convert any cassette tape to high-resolution audio files, 2 track stereo, 4 track cassette and 8 track cassette with Dolby B, C and DBX can all be transferred to digital audio files
Because the small tape width and slow speed that cassettes run at, they usually have a reputation for poor sound quality and reduced frequency response. Although this may be true with the right tools, a well-recorded cassette can sound very good.
Cassettes do not get “sticky tape syndrome” but some can become dehydrated. Creative Audio Works has several options to solve this problem. Go to the Contact page and fill out our form, or simply email [email protected].
Tape and Cassette Repair
Reel-to reel tapes as well as cassettes and microcassettes can often snap, pull out from the end of one spool hub, or become wrapped around a part of the player’s transport, under those circumstances can repair these problems to minimize any loss of the original recording.
Open reel tape can be quite old and in poor condition. We can repair broken, tangled, poorly stored tapes and tapes exhibiting the signs of ‘sticky tape syndrome’. Tapes with sticky tape syndrome need careful, slow heating, usually referred to as ‘tape baking’, which we offer using our Fisher Scientific incubator.
Digital Audio Tape Transfer
Creative Audio Works can convert digital audio formats such as, Digital Audio Tape (DAT) and Alesis ADAT M20 (sixteen tracks) to audio files and store them on Compact Disc, DVD, hard drive or posted to our server for download.