AUDIO FORMAT TRANSFERS
Our expert audio engineers will convert your legacy audio formats into a high resolution digital file that is not only archival quality, but is easy to reproduce, share, and enjoy. Even with the oldest tapes in the poorest condition, we are dedicated to finding a safe solution for transfer and recovery of your audio.
We like to believe that every audio document contains a little piece of history. We have worked with institutions who have hundreds of hours of audio and individuals with single cassette tapes of their baby’s first words. All of these have value and deserve to live on for future generations. We promise to treat every project as though it contained the meaning of life.
We can transfer
Open Reel Tape (Reel to Reel) – Cassette Tape – Micro Cassette
Mini Cassette – DAT – ADAT – Vinyl Records – 78 RPM Phonograph Records
16″ Transcription Disc – Betamax Audio – Minidisc – CD – DVD
And so much more!
The Life of Legacy Formats
Interoperability- Preserving for the Future
While other companies will only convert your audio to CDs or low quality MP3 files, we do our analog-to digital transfers at the high resolution of 96 kHz/24 bit Broadcast Wave Format (more than double CD quality), because, when we do your transfer, we are looking to the future.
Transferring to BWAV allows us to encrypt important engineering metadata into each preservation master that we provide for you.
This will ensure that future audio engineers and listeners who may come across your digital file will have the entire history of the file from its original format to the machines and software used to transfer it to its current form. This metadata will also contain the original date that the material was recorded (if available) and the date it was transferred, along with titles, descriptions, and any other relevant information associated with the audio.
The metadata is meant to ease the exchange between different computer platforms and software, thus allowing future users of the file to easily integrate it into their system while continuing to preserve the audio’s quality.
True, some consumer systems cannot play digital audio at such high resolution, but popular audio formats are constantly changing and we want you to have a format that will last.
Of course, we know you don’t want to wait for the future to come to listen to your audio, so we can also provide a CD quality or MP3 copy of the preservation master for listening on currently manufactured products.
Ask for metadata embedding on your transfer project!
Audio Transfer Clients
While we have worked with hundreds of individuals and institutions, some clients of note include:
Old Town School of Folk Music
WZRD (Northeastern Illinois University)
Gene Siskel Film Center
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Joe Pyne Estate
The Baruch Foundation
Illinois State Medical Society
The Philadelphia Society
Museum of Surgical Sciences, Chicago
University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary