COVID-19 Update: Our Indianapolis Facility currently remains open and is processing orders. Please call us at 1.888.333.2808 for details on current turnaround times.

COVID-19 Update: Our Indianapolis Facility currently remains open and is processing orders. Please call us at 1.888.333.2808 for details on current turnaround times.

Digitizing Reel to Reel Audio Tapes

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:

  • Measuring 3" to 14" in diameter

If you need extra help, check out our FAQ page or contact us – we'd love to hear from you.

Finalizing Your Order

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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What Our Customers Are Saying

  • You did a GREAT JOB! Thank you Very Much~Our Memories are now protected on discs. 

    - Patricia from Sanford, FL.

  • I'm so glad I found you. If it were not for Scan Digital a lot of wonderful memories would have been lost. I was extremely satisfied with the entire process. I would not hesitate to trust you again with my film. 

    - Laurie from Redsville, NC

  • I do have the impression that your people 'care.' I also like the automated responses as well as actual responses, which have always been timely. 

    - Joseph from Eagle River, WI

  • We were so pleased with your service. You were very professional, and we really enjoyed doing business with you. We are recommending you to all our friends. 

    - Nora from Westbury, NY

  • I always feel like I'm dealing with real people who actually care about their customers. You are generous with your discounts and how they are applied to the order. I really do appreciate your personal touch. Thanks. 

    - Gail from Belmont, CA

  • I absolutely LOVE your customer service!!! You have fabulous products too!! 

    - Bunny from Avon, OH

  • I was 100% pleased with ScanDigital. I had to call and talked to a very helpful customer service rep. Very polite and very knowledgeable. I am recommending you to anyone who mentions they want to have slides scanned. 

    - Nancy from Delton,MI