Audio: Analogue (LP + Cassette Tape) to Digital FAQ + Pricing

AUDIO FORMATS: AN ITSY-BITSY PRIMER

There are a diversity of analogue audio formats created for consumer & professional markets, but I specialize in a simple two:

 

Audio Compact Cassette – Developed in Belgium and released by Philips in 1963, the lowly compact cassette gained greater prominence during the 1980s when it became perhaps the most cost-effective format to record off-air radio broadcasts, transfer LPs, create mix tapes for friends & travels, and capture family histories with a simple mic and recorder. Pre-recorded and blank cassette stock came in several grades of audio stock, of which the most popular are Type 1 (Normal low bias), Type 2 (Chrome), and Tape 3 (Metal).

The cassette tape’s heyday spanned the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, after which CD (compact discs) took over before a rapid decline as digital formats like MP3s, FLAC, OGG, WAV, and others became the easiest format to acquire, distribute, and archive music without mandating sturdy storage units.

Tape has enjoyed a resurgence in tandem with vinyl LP because it’s among the more affordable physical media formats, but there’s a still a need to archive old cassettes with archival contents as digital files.

 

Vinyl LP / Record – As CDs became the preferred music format for the average consumer, average and even veteran collectors mothballed, sold, or outright junked their LPs, and after years of being relegated to the dustbin of obsolete media, vinyl returned to its place as an audiophile format, the ultimate collectible format with its large gatefold design that showcases original art & liner notes, and as a refutation of all things digital, especially the lowly CD.

LPs are also ageless. Records from the 1940s can be played on any turntable with the right stylus and proper speed setting, and the most general formats of the record are 7″ 45 RPM discs (often used to a sell single song on each side), 10″ 33 1/2 RPM discs (popular in the 1950s), and 12″ 33 1/2 RPM discs.

 

 

DIGITIZING, ORGANIZING, RESTORING, AND RENDERING TO CD OR AS DIGITAL FILES

Whether from cassette tape or LP, all audio is recorded to the hard drive as an uncompressed WAV file, after which it’s edited into original single tracks, or when there are deliberate pauses and gaps. The tracks can be saved in other formats – MP3, FLAC, etc.  – and sent to the client via Google Drive, and / or archived on a DVD-R, memory stick, hard drive, and / or burned as a standard audio CD.

 

PRICING & MORE INFO

Initial pricing to digitize audio recordings with standard amount of tracks (1-10) is $20 for the first 60 mins, and $10 for each additional hour per tape. (Silk-screening and custom labelling currently not available.)

Recording options including capturing audio at a higher bit rate, and several cleanup options (such as removing various degrees of pops, lessening hiss, augmenting low volume)s, and creating a more balanced file, especially when it’s an archival recording of a voice in less than ideal environments. Cleanup / restoration / custom editing options are similar to what I offer for podcast audio, and are available for an additional fee.

For inquiries & estimates, please visit our Facebook page.

 


 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

VIDEO CONVERSIONS (NTSC / PAL / SECAM) + DIGITAL TRANSFERS (BETAMAX, VHS,VHS-C, S-VHS, VIDEO 8, HI8, DIGITAL 8, MINIDV, BETACAM, U-MATIC) to DIGITAL FORMATS

 

CUSTOM VISUAL EFFECTS USING VINTAGE ANALOGUE CONSUMER / BROADCAST / ENG GEAR, TAPE MEDIA, TEST GEAR, AND CRT MONITORS

 


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