1/4 inch 2 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

We can record your stereo 2 track 1/4" (quarter inch) analog reel-to-reel tape to .wav or .aiff files format at 44.1, 48, 96, or 192kHz at 16 or 24 bit. These .wav or .aiff files can then be played on any modern PC or Mac, can then be converted to mp3 or flac, or used for a remastering project. We can also write 2 track tapes to CD-R. We also provide tape baking services for sticky tapes, file download from our server, or transfer to your own drive at no additional cost. Contact us now for a quote and directions on sending us your tapes. We also can transfer 1/4 inch 4 track tape.

Ampex quarter inch tapeQuarter inch (1/4") reels are probably the most recognized open reel type in the world. This type of tape has been used in homes and recording studios alike dating back over 60 years. Pre-dating the compact cassette, 1/4" decks were used for recording everything from live studio sessions to dictation. Many record labels released commercial music on this format as well. In a studio environment, stereo 1/4" was often used for multi-track mixdowns, or live recordings (such as a radio broadcast).

In home recording, many consumers used these decks for recording from LPs or radio broadcasts. Many consumer decks were also capable of recording stereo (2 channels) in both sides of the tape, just like a cassette. In 1972, TEAC released the 2340, a four channel, 1/4" reel-to-reel deck which introduced many to multi-track recording for the first time and was sometimes used for quadraphonic home stereo setups. 1/4" reels came in a variety of sizes, with the consumer type being smaller, on plastic reels, and varying in size from 2" to 7" in diameter.

Professional reels are nearly always 10.5" in diameter and made of metal. Although the consumer use of the 1/4" format is nearly non-existent nowadays, many studios and musicians around the world still use 1/4" machines. However, when it comes to editing, most engineers now choose to transfer reel to reel tapes to digital (aka digitizing), allowing for safekeeping, and easy editing in Pro Tools or any other DAW. This is also critical to preserve the recordings, since magnetic tape has a finite lifespan.

Older 1/2" tapes including AMPEX/Quantegy and 3M/SCOTCH are unfortunately prone to "sticky shed" syndrome, due to the breakdown of the binder (glue) holding the oxide particles on the tape. Fortunately, Deep Signal Studios has mastered the process of treating and rescuing these tapes (even those suffering from severe sticky shed). Let our team of seasoned engineers handle the delicate process of saving your recordings; giving them an infinite lifespan in the digital domain.

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Why Choose Deep Signal Studios?

  • File conversion work and tape transfers can be tedious and frustrating. Your time as an artist is better spent working on your music and mixes on a platform you know.
  • All work is completed by certified engineers with over 20 years experience with DAWs, MIDI sequencers, notation software, synthesizers, samplers, and tape machines. We have comprehensive knowledge about everything that has come and gone, as well as all current and emerging platforms.
  • Services are performed by native English speakers in the recording capital of the world, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Your files are secure. All work is performed in-house and in strict confidentiality. Client files are archived for 30-days upon completion of the project, and promptly destroyed thereafter.