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

Minicassette to CD transfer

The minicassette was introduced by Philips in 1967, and was used primarily in dictaphone machines.

A couple of years later, Olympus introduced the Microcassette, a similar but incompatible tape format that ended up being more popular than the mini cassette.

Like it's micro cassette cousin, the Philips mini cassette produces an inferior sound quality compared with a full-sized audio cassette tape, but if minicassette is where your precious recordings are, then CD Makers can preserve, and in nearly all cases, improve the quality of the recording.

Please note that due to inherent flaws of the Minicassette format, the speed of playback may not be exactly the same as when it was recorded.

Transfer Options

  • Minicassette to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • Minicassette 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.
  • Minicassette 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.

Minicassette Specifications

CD Makers can transfer mono Minicassettes recorded at the standard speed of 2.4 centimetres per second.

Maximum Duration

Typical duration of a Minicassette at the standard speed of 2.4 centimetres per second 30 minutes 1 CD required per two 30 minute tapes

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 Minicassette transfer:

Compiling and Editing

Microcassette to CD

Minicassette vs Microcassette

Minicassettes are similar to but incompatible with the Microcassette which was created by Olympus and later adopted by other brands. But don't worry, if you have micro cassettes, we can transfer those too.

 

 

Minicassette Repair

A broken minicassette 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 minicassettes can be repaired, but not at the standard price.

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