Developed in Germany in the late 1920s, the reel to reel tape gained popularity in America by the 1950s due to its superior sound fidelity and the ability to edit, splice, reuse, and manipulate it. As such, it became the audio format of choice for professional music production, dictation, radio broadcasts, field recordings, interviews, and meetings. The reels varied in size from 3” to 7” in diameter for amateur recordings and as large as 16” for professional ones. Although the quality was excellent and better than vinyl, the recorders were cumbersome and heavy. This inevitably led to invention of the cassette tape in 1963, which in contrast was inferior in sound, but highly portable.
It’s difficult to find reel-to-reel machines today, which makes digitizing reel to reel audio tapes yourself or even listening to them nearly impossible. No worries – at ScanDigital, our fleet of state-of-the-art digital audio workstations enable us to convert reel to reel to digital with superb results. We offer state-of-the-art digital remastering including noise removal, normalizing, and equalization, so the end results are often better than the original recording.
At ScanDigital, we make it easy to listen to the sounds of yesteryear captured on this once iconic analog format. All you need to do is select reel to reel tapes, send them to us, then listen to the high quality digital recordings with family and friends. Our expert technicians can digitize reel to reel audio tapes:
When doing your final check out, you'll be able to select whether you want Ground or Express round-trip shipping as well as the format for your digitized media (flash drive or hard drive). After receiving your order we will send your Secure Shipping Kit, you pack it and return it to us, and then the audio magic begins!
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SAFEST PROCESSING & CARE – We know these memories are priceless, so we built the world’s best scanning facility right in the heartland of America. From housing your order in barcoded containers to scanning all materials by hand, to recording on video the unpacking and packing of your order, your priceless materials receive the utmost care, just as if they were our own family memories.
CONCIERGE SERVICE – Our Indiana-based, on-site customer service team is ready to support you at every point. We pride ourselves in providing an outstanding customer experience and are privileged to be entrusted with customers’ memories.
QUALITY: Your tapes are digitized on professional grade equipment and reviewed by three technicians through our process. We deliver these high quality video files back to you on a USB drive or hard drive. You may choose our Expert Transfer option which works great for your editing work you may do.
TAPE T.L.C.: We inspect each tape and handle tape repairs as needed. Our team works to address tracking issues so that you get the best possible transfer.
UPDATES: Throughout the process, you receive e-mail updates when we receive your order, when processing begins, and when your order is completed and on its way back to you. From the moment the order leaves your hands to the moment it is returned, our Essential Tracker system knows exactly where your order is located.
USA: Your items are received and processed in our industry-leading facility in Fishers, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. All of our employees work in this facility every day to ensure the best experience possible, seamless work and the highest quality service.