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The following are types of media that clients bring that contain audio only.

1/4” Open Reel Tape

Invented in Germany before World War II, this format was very popular all the way up through the 1970’s.  Sometimes known as reel-to-reel, this format is 1/4 inches wide and usually black or brown in color.

8 Track Tape

Introduced in 1964, this format became extremely popular – so much so that Ford Motor Company introduced it as an option for their cars starting in 1965.  The tape is in large cassettes and is 1/4” wide.  It fell out of favor in the mid to late 1970’s

Compact Cassette tape and Micro-cassettes

Most people are already familiar with these as they are still in use today, albeit they are quickly being replaced with digital formats such the CD and the ipod.  The tape inside the cassettes is only 0.15 inches wide.

Vinyl Records

The vinyl record (or record) was a way to record music (or other sounds) that was used during most of the twentieth century. Vinyl records are played on a phonograph (“record player”).

How much Audio does the client have?

Just as in the case of videotapes, audio tapes may be full or partially full.  It is impossible to tell how much recorded tape the client has by simply looking at their tapes.  The following list shows the different types and their approximate lengths:

It is important to note that these are only approximate.    But for estimation purposes we assume that the above times are correct.

The Digitization of Audio

 The procedure we use for digitizing all audio types is essentially the same.  First we inspect the cassettes and reels to see that they are clean and in good working order.  Then we run them on the appropriate player with output through an analog to digital conversion box.  The resulting audio is saved to a digital (usually a WAV or AIFF) file for the client.  If necessary, the file is then filtered with appropriate software to remove some of the problems associated  with older technology (for example the pops and clicks due to anomalies in the grooves of vinyl records).

We then notify the client that their project is ready.  Sometimes the client simply comes and takes their data, but more often they want us to make a CD for them to hear on their CD player.

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