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PCM 501 to CD transfer

PCM 501 was a model of digital encoder manufactured by Sony in the 1980s.

Typically, the PCM 501 encoder was paired with a Betamax video recorder in order to store the digital audio data, although the encoder was also used with other videotape formats such as VHS and U-Matic.

We still have a PCM 501 encoder, a couple of Betamax players, a VHS player and a few working U-Matic players, but videotapes deteriorate with time. So if you have digital recordings stored on videotape via a PCM 501 encoder, now is the time to have them transferred to audio CD.

Transfer Options

  • PCM 501 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.
  • PCM 501 to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • PCM 501 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.
  • PCM 501 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.

PCM 501 Specifications

CD Makers can transfer PCM 501 encoded tapes recorded with the following options:

  • Track format:
    • mono
    • stereo
  • Sample rate:
    • 44.1 kHz
  • Sample resolution:
    • 16 bit
    • 14 bit
  • Video formats:
    • Betamax
    • VHS
    • U-matic
  • Video system
    • PAL (Australia / UK)

CD Makers cannot currently play PCM-501 encoded tapes recorded using the American NTSC format.

Maximum 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.

Video tapes come in all sorts of sizes and durations.


Other pages relevant to PCM 501 transfer:                        

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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