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Philips Compact Cassette - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Audio Cassette to CD transfer

Audio cassettes have been around since the late 1960s, but they can't last forever.

Now is the time to have CD Makers transfer your precious recordings to CD.

Weddings, funerals, recordings of family members - CD Makers can preserve them all by digitising your recordings and transferring them to audio CDs or audio files on a USB drive.

Transfer Options

  • Audio cassette to audio files on a USB drive.
    • Many hours of audio can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Audio files on USB play on a variety of devices, including computers, modern televisions and home entertainment systems. Many modern cars also play audio directly from USB drives.
    • Audio files can easily be copied from a USB drive using a computer.
  • Audio cassette to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • Audio cassette to archive-grade gold recordable CD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • Audio cassette to files which you can download.
    • With increasingly fast internet speeds, the option is available for you to download your audio files from a link we will provide to you.

Digitisation Options

  • Sample Rate - If the intention is to record to audio CDs, then the recommended sample rate is 44.1 or 88.2 kilohertz. However, audio can be digitised at any sample rate up to 96 kHz.
  • Sample Resolution - Audio is digitised with a sampling resolution 24 bit.
  • Audio Channels - Mono or Stereo.
  • Digitisation Formats
    • Audio is captured to WAV.
      • WAV files have compatibility with a very wide range of computer software.
      • WAV has been the standard audio format for computers for decades.
      • WAV files can be edited and saved over and over without any loss of quality.
    • The WAV files can be converted to MP3.
      • MP3 files play at near CD quality but use a fraction of the amount of storage.
      • MP3 files have a very large compatibility base, playing on nearly all computers, many modern televisions, home entertainment systems, car stereos and portable audio players.
    • The WAV files can also be converted to M4a.
      • M4a files have a similar advantage of small storage size, but with better quality than MP3 files.
      • Playback compatibility is increasing week by week, with M4a being touted as the successor to MP3.

Audio Cassette Specifications

Audio cassettes all look much the same as each other, but they can be recorded with various options. CD Makers can transfer audio cassettes recorded with the following options:

  • Track format:
    • mono
    • stereo
  • Noise Reduction:
    • None
    • Dolby type B
    • Dolby type C
    • Dolby type S
    • dbx type 2
  • Equalisation:
    • Normal
      (120 microseconds)
    • Chrome / Metal
      (70 microseconds)

Things to look for before sending your tape

There are several things that can stop your tape from playing properly.

  • Creased tape - if your tape has been creased due to faulty playback equipment, then the creased section of tape may not play correctly. Additionally, the creased section of tape can increase the diameter of the tape inside the cassette shell, causing the edges of the tape to scrape the inside of the cassette shell. If this happens, the tape may need to be cut in half and moved to two different cassette shells.
  • Mould - excessively mouldy tapes may not play properly.
  • Missing pressure pad - directly underneath the exposed section of tape is a pad that applies pressure to the tape as it passes over the playback head of the cassette player.
    In some older tapes, the glue which holds the pressure pad perishes, and the pad can fall away.
    If the pressure pad is missing, the tape will not play properly and we will have to move the tape into a new cassette shell.
Audio cassette pressure pad

Audio Cassette Duration

The maximum duration of a standard audio CD is 80 minutes.
The maximum duration of a gold archive-grade CD is 74 minutes.

However, for precious recordings, we recommend recording only to about 60 minutes on each CD. This is because the recording starts in the middle of the disc and ends at the outer edge where some older CD players struggle to read the data correctly.

Cassettes come in various lengths, the most typical being 60 and 90 minutes.
C-120 tapes use an extremely thin and therefore fragile tape, and should be handled with the utmost care.

Three hour cassettes (C-180) are rare, but occasionally seen. These are unlikely to play well due to the extremely thin tape used, and these tapes should never be fast wound.


Other pages relevant to audio cassette transfer:                                                

Audio Cassette Repair

Compiling and Editing

Fixing Squeaky Tapes




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Australian copyright law says that commercially produced tapes can be copied for personal use only under strict conditions.

CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.

Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.

Please view our Copyright information

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