Audio Tape Transfers

Magnetic tape has an estimated lifespan of between 10-20 years. No matter the brand, every tape will eventually deteriorate. Even if a tape is beginning to deteriorate (feeling sticky) there is a good chance we can save it. Let Deep Signal Studios preserve your audio media in the digital domain and give it an infinite lifespan. AMPEX brand open reel audio tapes (i.e. Ampex 456) require immediate attention due to the sub-standard adhesive used in the manufacturing process. These tapes are at particular risk of completely deteriorating to the point of no return. Don't wait on digitizing these reel to-reel tapes! We can record analog sources at 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz, at 24 or 16 bits.

Deep Signal Studios offers audio tape transfer for the Los Angeles area and worldwide. We convert digital formats in the digital domain for the highest quality possible. All ADAT, DAT and DTRS transfers are perfect 1:1 copies with sample- accurate sync, with no additional D/A to A/D process is involved, to maintain a pure digital transfer. If you're still not sure what kind of tape you have, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'll be happy to help!

Now is the time to convert your ADAT, Tascam DTRS, DAT, reel-to-reel tapes, vinyl acetates/dubplates and cassette tapes to CD, stereo .WAV, .AIFF for mastering and multiple .WAV or .AIFF for multi track digital mixing in modern DAWs.

Warning: we will not attempt to play or recover moldy tapes.

We serve customers locally in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. You can hand deliver your tapes to us.

We also serve customers internationally. For international shipments customs does not require a Video-Film Declaration for negatives, still photographs, CD-ROMs, or audio tapes. It is normally a very easy process to send us your tapes. We recommended packing your tapes in a box or secure padded envelope if they are in cases. Signature service is OK, as we always have a staff member available to accept your shipment. More information and instructions will be provided for shipment at the time of your order.

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  • 1/2" 2 Track, 4 Track, 8 Track and 16 Track Tape

    1/2" (half inch) magnetic tape has been used in studio since the 1970s. We can record your 1/2" (half inch) 2, 4, 8, or 16 track analog reel-to-reel tapes to the digital format.
  • 1/4 Inch 4 Track Tape

    Teac A-3340 4 track deck
    ¼” (quarter inch) 4 track format was made for home quadraphonic stereo and later by musicians. We can transfer your 4 track reels to digital .wav or .aiff files.
  • 1/4" 2 Track Tape

    Quarter inch (1/4") reels are probably the most recognized open reel type in the world. We can record your stereo 2 track quarter inch analog reel-to-reel tape to .wav or .aiff.
  • 2" 24 Track and 16 Track Tape

    The 2 inch 16 and 24 track magnetic tape reel formats are two of best sounding multitrack audio formats of all time. We can digitize them for you.
  • 360 Systems Digicart II Plus (Iomega Zip 100 or SCSI HDD)

    360 Systems Digicart II Plus with Iomega Zip 100
    Digicart was a replacement to the analog Cart systems used in television and radio stations. We can digitally transfer your cues from Iomega Zip disks to a .wav or .aiff.
  • Alesis ADAT Tapes

    ADAT decks
    The Alesis ADAT was the first affordable 8-track digital audio recorder that used same type of tape as a VCR. We can transfer both 16 and 24 bit tapes to .wav or .aiff files.
  • DAT Tape

    DAT tape
    DAT is a 2-channel digital audio tape format introduced by Sony in 1987. We can digitally transfer your DAT tape to a digital .wav or .aiff files or CD-R.
  • DTRS Tapes/Tascam DA-88

    DTRS tape
    DTRS multitrack audio records could each record up to 8 tracks. The most popular model was the Tascam DA-88. We can transfer your DTRS tapes (Hi-8) to .wav or .aiff files.
  • Dubplates or Acetates

    Vinyl record
    A dubplate is an acetate disc similar to a vinyl record that is sometimes used to make one-off records. After fifty plays there is loss of sound quality. Let us archive them.
  • Microcassette

    Microcassette
    Microcassette were first introduced in 1969 and were used to record meetings, legal proceedings, dictated field notes, interviews. We can digitally archive these tapes for you.
  • MiniDisc

    Sony MiniDisc
    Sony MiniDiscs, introduced in 1992, use rewritable magneto-optical storage, offering a capacity of 74 min. We can digitally archive your MiniDiscs as .aiff or .wav files.
  • Phonograph Record

    Vinyl record
    The phonograph disc record or vinyl was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century. We can digitally record a record for you.
  • Stereo Cassette Tape

    stack of stereo cassette tapes
    Compact Audio Cassette first came on the market in 1963 and reach peak popularity in the 80s with the advent of the Sony Walkman. We can digitally record cassette tapes.
  • Tape Baking

    a reel to reel tape in the oven
    Some magnetic tape reels are prone to "sticky shed" syndrome, due to the breakdown of the binder glue. Baking may be required before transferring the tape to the digital domain.

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Why Choose Deep Signal Studios?

  • File conversion work and tape transfers can be tedious and frustrating. Your time as an artist is better spent working on your music and mixes on a platform you know.
  • All work is completed by certified engineers with over 20 years experience with DAWs, MIDI sequencers, notation software, synthesizers, samplers, and tape machines. We have comprehensive knowledge about everything that has come and gone, as well as all current and emerging platforms.
  • Services are performed by native English speakers in the recording capital of the world, Los Angeles, CA.
  • We stand behind our work and offer a no recovery, no fee guarantee. We do not accept any payment until you are 100% satisfied.
  • Your files are secure. All work is performed in-house and in strict confidentiality. Client files are archived for 30-days upon completion of the project, and promptly destroyed thereafter.
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