Convert Reel to Reel to CD
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Features and Details
- Includes welcome guide with instructions, barcodes to tag your items, crush-proof box, pre-paid UPS® return shipping label and all digitizing.
- All formats are carefully digitized by hand, right here in the United States.
- Receive regular email updates throughout the entire digitizing process.
- 2 - 4 week turnaround once we receive your Legacybox.
- Access to a personal concierge to answer all questions.
- Includes extra safety item barcodes in case you have more media you'd like digitized. We'll invoice for any add-ons once we receive your media.
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The most important thing you can do for your family, in three easy steps.
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10 Years Experience
We've been the industry leader in professionally digitizing family memories for over a decade.
Each item is hand-digitized by a team of nearly 150 trained technicians right here in the USA.
Our exclusive, barcoded, online tracking system provides up to 12 emailed updates along the way.
Transfer Reel to Reel Tapes to Digital
Before cassette tapes, there were reel-to-reel audio tapes. If you have vintage audio reels, you’ve got a little piece of audio history in your hands. Your arms, rather. Your heavy, overloaded arms. Think of reel-to-reel audio tapes as giant cassette tapes, but with the protective cassettes removed. Doing anything with open reels was a lot more involved. Recording, playback, and storage was less like having a Walkman on your belt and more like being on a racing pit crew. Tape was typically ¼-inch wide, came on reels upwards of 10 ½ inches in diameter, and was fitted onto hubs on the recording device itself. A Walkman fit for reel-to-reel might be the size of a suitcase. Imagine Jogging; skateboarding; trying to sneak it into the back row of church. The comedy sketch writes itself.
Unfortunately, the tragedy also writes itself: Well-meaning person fails to procure a transfer service to convert vintage reel-to-reel tapes to CD and digital, loses whole collection due to time.
Reel-to-reel, or open-reel audio tape, was the earliest form of magnetic tape used for audio recording. The supply or feed reel containing the tape was mounted on a spindle, the end of the tape threaded through mechanical guides and tape head assembly, and attached to a take-up reel. The earliest reel-to-reel recorders used steel tape. Reel-to-reel tape was used in early tape drives for data storage on mainframe computers, video tape recorder (VTR) machines, and high quality analog audio recorders. Inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorders were widely used for voice recording in the home and in schools before the compact cassette, gradually took over starting in the 1960s.
The advantages of reel-to-reel tape were that it allowed a performance to be recorded without the time limitations of a phonograph disc, and it permitted recordings to be fairly easily edited, by way of splicing.
Cassettes eventually displaced reel-to-reel recorders for consumer use, but in the music industry, reel-to-reel tape never has gone away. Recording to analog tape creates a warmer sound preferred by many musicians.
So back to that piece of slowly fading history you are hanging onto. Unless you convert reel-to-reel tape to thumb drive, digital delivery through Legacybox Cloud™ or CD, you might as well roll that reel down a long hill above a garbage dump. You really could have anything. Family voice recordings from the WWII era; old jazz sessions, live concert performances; old radio spots or shows.
We at Legacybox are standing by and ready to help. We will not compress or down-convert your files, bringing those old recordings back to life for you and your family to enjoy. Show us what you got, for reels.