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Reel to Reel Transfer Service

It's so easy and so meaningful! This is one of the most beautiul things you can do for your family - Just email us by clicking here: reel to reel to cd service or call us on Freephone 0800 690 6160. - Without any obligation and with discounts or larger quantities.

Audio Reel to CD
Supaphoto specialises in transferring Reel-to-Reel tapes to CD, Computer Files - i.e WAV or MP3. We have been doing this for over 20 years now. In this time, we have cultivated a great reputation allowing us to do work with numerous projects such as, Virgin Airways and Windsor Castle to name but a couple.
 

Reel to Reel Tapes - Helping Customers Recover Recordings Up to 60 Years ago.

Our passion and experience in this field enables us to approach every transfer with confidence. We can handle most speeds an head configurations too. If it was recorded on quarter-inch magnetic tape, we'll transfer and convert it to CD, MP3 or other digital format and make it sound much better in the process.

Service - Restore and Convert
If you've an old recording that is of a low sound quality, we can very often improve it considerably.

Depending on the issue, indistinct speech can sometimes be rendered more intelligible. Hissy, crackly or otherwise affected sound recordings can be really improved upon - by employing dedicated software programmes for this purpose.

If your original recording is on another format such as cassette or analogue tape, minidisc, DAT, vinyl, then they can be also transferred to a digital format that can subsequently be played on your phone via Supaphoto's audio transfer service - with or without audio restoration.

Key Advantages

A very long time ago, someone simply pushed record. Now has come the time for you to press play.

Here are some of the key advantages in using our service:

1. Free splicing and repairing of your reels-to-reels
2.
Hiss, hum & noise reduction, equalization, volume enhancements
3. Output to Professional Archival grade CD's
4. Track separation included
5. No charge for pre-work consultancy advice
6. Fast turnaround time for most orders
7. Experienced Team - With over 14 Years of experience
8. Wide choice of output options including CD, MP3, WAV and dowload options


Our Equipment
We use dedicated decks which can be played at various speeds to match your original material. These are typically 1 7/8, 3 3/4 and 7 1/2 IPS (inches per second). We adjust sound levels as required and monitor recordings to obtain best results.

Not Sure What's on Your Reels? - Let's Investigate Free of Charge with Zero Obligation
Let's say that you have some 1/4 inch reels of audio tape but you're not sure what's on them. Simply leave them with us briefly without any commitment at all. Our team will carry out an inspection and return them to you with our analysis of what's on them. Sometimes it's clear that there are family voices speaking. Sometimes there's a mixture of this and music. Other times it's blank. Either way, we'll let you know and you can decide what if anything you'd like transferred at this point without any obligation whatsover..

Happy Clients Include:

How much recorded sound can a reel-to-reel tape hold?
Sorry. That is not so easy question to answer. Reel-to-reel tape decks did not have just one speed like compact cassettes. They could be played at a wide range of speeds from 1-3/8 inches per second, 3/34 inches per second 7 1/2 inches per second and more.

Additionally, there was many different sized reels. From 3" to 10.5" diametre in fact - Each size up holding more tape.

On top of all this, there was another factor - the thickness of tape. Some manufacturers made very very thin reel-to-reel tape and went on about how much more you get for your money.

Others did the reverse (made the tape thicker) and also boasted about the quality. Then - there were different ways a reel-to-reel tape could have been recorded: Mono, stereo or four track mono or a combination of stereo / four track mono.

Reel-to-reel tape also has sides. Side 1 and Side 2. On top of this they have tracks (Left/Right Side 1 and Left/Right Side 2. Your relative for example could have recorded on the left and right together for stereo recordings, or used left and right separately for 4 track mono!

In summary then, this is why we just ask you to initially send your material to us and we'll give you a no obligation once we've had a look.

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Service Explained:
To begin with, we assess your material and your needs. On receipt of your material, we call you to confirm safe receipt. To begin with then, we'll listen to your recording and call you back with our opinion on what needs to be done.

Once we've received your instructions, we'll capture your file and making adjustments along the way, we'll capture your material to a computer and then using sound editing software, make the necessary changes.
Finally, we'll output it directly to a CD or another data file format as agreed at order stage.

Finally, we invariably customise your CD (if applicable) with your own text and imagery to create that perfect finishing touch. At the end, it is all checked for purpose and quality before being approved for despatch. As for payment, this is only on completion.

Reel to Reel Transfers:
Reel to Reel Transfer (3 3/4 and 7 1/2 Inches Per Second) £49.99 for First Hour
Reel to Reel Transfer (3 3/4 and 7 1/2 Inches Per Second) £29.99 Each Half an Hour Thereafter
Additional Copy
£5.99
3 for 2 Copies Offer: 
3 for £12
 
Reel to Reel Transfers - Advanced Service with Audio Enhancement:
Reel to Reel Transfer (3 3/4 and 7 1/2 Inches Per Second) £69.99 for First Hour
Reel to Reel Transfer (3 3/4 and 7 1/2 Inches Per Second) £39.99 Each Half an Hour Thereafter

Compact Audio Cassettes, Mini Disc & DAT to CD
Quantity 1 Off Per Tape
£24.99
Quantity 1-5 Per Tape
£19.99
Quantity 6 Onwards Per Tape
£14.99
Additional Copy
£5.99
3 for 2 Copies Offer: 
3 for £12
 
Compact Audio Cassettes, Mini Disc & DAT to CD - Advanced Service with Audio Enhancement:
Quantity 1 Off Per Tape
£34.99
Quantity 1-5 Per Tape
£29.99
Quantity 6 Onwards Per Tape
£19.99
   
Additional Copy
£5.99
3 for 2 Copies Offer: 
3 for £12
 
Additional MP3 File Version to the above:
Quantity 1 Off Per Tape
£19.99 each
 

Note: Reel to Reel Durations: Tape Durations can be quite difficult to predict if you can't remember much about the content! Each step-change of recording speed will actually double or halve the duration. A four track tape can for example be twice as long as a two-track tape.

Some tapes are recorded on one side only, some on both sides. A standard 7" spool of stereo 2-track material recorded at 15 IPS might contain as little as 15 minutes of audio, but the very same tape recorded across four mono tracks at 1 7/8 IPS might contain over 8 hours of audio! This makes it jolly difficult to guess in advance quite how much is on the tape.

(Prices include VAT. P&P free for all orders over £95. No Upfront Payment at all required. We can often provide a discount on greater quantities. Minimum Order Value: £20 inc vat. Call us on Freephone 0800 690 6160. 
 
Reel to Reel Explained:
For home use, more basic reel-to-reel recorders were available, and a number of track formats and tape speeds were introduced to allow interoperability and prerecorded music. The first prerecorded R To R Tapes were introduced by RCA Victor Record Co. in 1954. Reel to reel was still very popular through to the end of the 1970s, despite the compact cassette, mostly because of the superior quality of open reel recordings. Many Audiophiles are willing to accept the relative ‘difficulty’ of open reel tape to gain better quality reproduction. As a generalisation, the faster the speed the better the sound quality.

In addition to faithfully recording higher frequencies and increasing the magnetic signal strength and therefore the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N), higher tape speeds spread the signal longitudinally over more tape area, reducing the effects of defects in or damage to the medium.
Slower speeds conserve tape and are useful in applications where sound quality is not critical – such as speech in domestic recordings. 

11 7/8 in/s or 4.76 cm/s — This is usually the slowest domestic speed, best for long duration speech recordings. It was used since it was very economical too!
3¾ in/s or 9.52 cm/s — a common domestic speed and used on most single-speed domestic machines, reasonable quality for speech.
7½ in/s or 19.05 cm/s — This was the highest domestic speed and also the slowest professional speed as a guide.
15 in/s or 38.1 cm/s — This was mainly used for professional music recording and radio programming.
30 in/s or 76.2 cm/s — This was used where the best possible treble response is demanded.
Speed units of inches per second or in/s are also abbreviated IPS. 3¾ in/s and 7½ in/s are the speeds that were used for the vast majority of the general consumer market releases of commercial recordings on reel-to-reel tape
 
Postage and Packing - With Free Track and Trace Facility - It's Safer:
In our survey our customers, posting rated as one of the most important areas of concern. We understand this and offer a full Track & Trace facility for every parcel that leaves our studios. Upon despatch should you request it, we'll email you with details of your delivery so you know exactly when you can expect it, along with your tracking reference number.
Recorded Delivery Free for Order over £95 - Otherwise £5.99
Special Delivery - On request
£9.99
Safety First Postage Option:  
£3.49
Worried about having your precious films and dvd lost in the post? - For an extra £3.49, we'll post the dvd(s) first and then send your original cine film separately once you've safely received it.
 
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