Reel-to-Reel tape to CD transfer
Many families have old reel-to-reel tapes in a box in the back of a cupboard somewhere in the house, but very few people have reel-to-reel tape players.
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 digitizing your recordings and transferring them to audio CDs.
The maximum duration of a standard audio CD is 80 minutes (74 minutes for gold archive CDs).
However, for precious recordings, we recommend recording only to about 60 minutes. This is because the recording starts in the middle and ends at the outer edge where some older CD players struggle to read the data correctly.
Reel to Reel tapes come in a variety of sizes and lengths. Even two similar sized reels can have different lengths of tape because the thickness of the tape can vary.
The most likely cause of squealing open-reel tapes is that over a long period of time, the binder that holds the magnetic particles to the backing of the tape absorbs moisture from the atmosphere.
If your tape is squealing, you should stop playing it immediately. Continuing to play a squealing tape can cause permanent damage to the tape, and in some cases may also damage the tape player.
The solution to the problem is to bake the tape at very low temperatures (below 60 degrees Celsius)
CD Makers offers a tape baking service to restore your squealing tapes. We've successfully baked hundreds of tapes.
The charge for this service is $55 per bake for quarter-inch tape, including GST. This includes up to two audio tapes. Additional tapes can be baked at the same time for an additional charge of $10 each.
Up to 12 three inch diameter reels can be baked at a time, or 9 five inch reels, or 6 seven inch reels, or 3 ten inch reels.
One and two-inch tapes take longer to bake, and so the charge for baking these tapes is $75 per bake.