Convert Reel to Reel to CD
In stock. Ships next business day!
You can add more pieces once you receive your box.
Mix and match formats.Your originals are always returned.
Simply the best way to preserve your past.
The most important thing you can do for your family, in three easy steps.
10+ Years Experience
Legacybox is the industry leader with over a decade of experience.
Trusted by 500,000+
We’re the most trusted digitizing company in the world, used by countless families, museums, governments, universities, and more…
If you’re not happy, neither are we. We’ll work to make it right, or your money back.
Real-Time Digitizing Updates
Our exclusive, barcoded, online tracking system provides up to 12 emailed updates once we receive your analog media.
More sizes to choose from
Any budget, any collection size. Choose the perfect Legacybox for your family.
Convert up to 3 Tapes, or 3 Films, or 3 sets of 25 Pictures to Digital
Convert up to 10 Tapes, or 10 Films, or 10 sets of 25 Pictures to Digital
Convert up to 20 Tapes, or 20 Films, or 20 sets of 25 Pictures to Digital
Convert up to 40 Tapes, or 40 Films, or 40 sets of 25 Pictures to Digital
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.