Prior to the advent of CDs, cassette tapes were the most popular media for at-home listening after vinyl LPs. Perhaps you recall playing cassette tapes on a gigantic boom box or a tape deck in your car. First released in September 1963, audio tapes were considered groundbreaking because they were compact and portable.
Today, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, biking, running, and doing any number of activities with wireless earbuds or headphones enjoying music. Although many take this luxury for granted, the Sony Walkman revolutionized how people listened to music when it was introduced on July 1, 1979. Without a doubt, the innovative Walkman paved the way for contemporary digital devices like iPods.
Microcassettes, which were essentially mini-me versions of cassette tapes were used in home answering machines and microcassette recorders in business settings. Maybe you used them to capture your baby’s first words and other milestone events. Although these diminutive tapes are still manufactured today, recording devices now use digital audio tape.
At ScanDigital, our technicians will transform these once trendy formats into digital audio files you can listen to anywhere, anytime. This service includes noise removal, normalizing, and equalization. Uncompressed audio files available in two resolution options ensure the best possible playback. We’re able to convert audio tapes to digital in the following formats:
If you have any questions before ordering, please contact us – we'd love to hear from you.
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. Once you get it, you pack it and return it to us, and we’ll transform your favorite sounds into top-quality audio files without the need to rewind!
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.