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Microcassette - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Microcassette to CD transfer

The microcassette has been around since 1969, but wasn't popular in Australia until the mid 1970s.

Micro cassettes were used primarily for dictaphone machines and telephone answering machines.

The micro cassette will never sound as good as a full sized cassette tape due to the physical limitations of the format, but most people are amazed at how much better the audio sounds after we've transferred it to CD than when they heard it played on the original microcassette player.

Transfer Options

  • Microcassette to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • Microcassette 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.
  • Microcassette 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.
    • File formats on USB drives include WAV, MP3 and M4a.

Microcassette Specifications

CD Makers can transfer mono microcassettes recorded at either the standard speed of 2.4 centimetres per second or the long play speed of 1.2 centimetres per second.

Maximum Duration

Typical duration of a Microcassette at the standard speed of 2.4 centimetres per second 60 minutes 1 CD required per tape
Typical duration of a Microcassette at the long play speed of 1.2 centimetres per second 2 hours 2 CDs required per tape

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.

Links

Other pages relevant to microcassette transfer:

Compiling and Editing

Minicassette to CD

Microcassette vs Minicassette

Micro cassettes are similar to but incompatible with the Minicassette which was created by Philips. But don't worry, if you have mini cassettes, we can transfer those too.

Microcassette Repair

A broken microcassette is considerably more difficult to repair than a standard audio cassette.

This is because most of the cassette shells are glued rather than screwed together, meaning that the only way to get into the shell is to break it.

Secondly, all the internal parts are much smaller than a standard audio cassette.

And lastly, the tape itself is much thinner than the tape used in a standard audio cassette, making it much more fiddly to deal with.

So microcassettes can be repaired, but not at the standard price.

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