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.  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.

Quality is important to us at Creative Audio Works, and a superior transfer starts with state-of-the-art equipment. All our machines are regularly calibrated and kept in excellent working condition 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. This includes any of the following tape head formats:
¼” Mono
¼” Stereo
¼” Half Track (¼ track)
¼” 4 track
¼” and ½”inch  Tascam and Fostex eight 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.
15 ips.
30 ips.

If you have any questions about the formats we support, email [email protected]

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. In this set up, the erase and record heads are replaced with rollers to reduce drag and pitch fluctuations (wow and flutter).

1/4″ Eight Track Reel-To-Reel and Eight track Cassette Transfer

We also support Fostex and Tascam ¼ inch 8 track reel-to-reel recordings made on A8, Model 8 R8, and Tascam 388 deck as well as Tascam 238, 488 and  688 cassette decks.

Cassette Transfer

Studer Cassette A710 Cassette

Cassette tapes have a reputation for poor sound quality because of their small tape width and slow speed. With the right tools, a well-recorded cassette can sound clear and crisp.

Creative Audio Works can transfer and convert any cassette tape to high-resolution audio files, 2 track stereo, 4 track cassette, and 8 track cassettes. With equipment like Dolby B, C and DBX, cassette tapes can be transferred to digital audio files, too.

Cassettes are not susceptible to “sticky tape syndrome” (see description below); however, some can become dehydrated. Creative Audio Works has several options to help restore cassettes from dehydration.

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. 

Tape and Cassette Repair

Reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and microcassettes can experience physical damage. They can snap, pull out from the end of one spool hub, or become wrapped around a part of the player’s transport. We have the tools to repair these problems and minimize any loss of original recording.

We can also repair broken, tangled, and poorly stored open reel tapes.

Sticky Tape Syndrome

Tapes, from the late 1970s onward, may suffer from “sticky tape syndrome,” caused by the deterioration of the binders in the magnetic tape. Careful, slow heating, a technique referred to as “tape baking,” is necessary to reverse this problem. Creative Audio Works offers an all-in-one package that includes tape baking, using our Fisher Scientific incubator, and transfer to digital files.

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]

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