Reel to Reel Tape and Digital Audio Tape Transfer and Digitization Services

ADAT, DTRS, DAT, cassette and 2 inch reel to reel analog tape

Reel to reel magnetic tape has an estimated lifespan of between 10-20 years. No matter the brand, every tape will eventually deteriorate. Even if a tape is beginning to deteriorate (feeling sticky) there is a good chance we can save it. Let Deep Signal Studios preserve your audio media in the digital domain and give it an infinite lifespan. AMPEX brand open reel audio tapes (i.e. Ampex 456) require immediate attention due to the sub-standard adhesive used in the manufacturing process. These tapes are at particular risk of completely deteriorating to the point of no return. Don't wait to digitize reel-to-reel tapes! We can digitize analog tapes at 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz, at 24, 16 and 32 bit.

Deep Signal Studios offers audio tape transfer services for the Los Angeles area and worldwide. We are well known for our precision analog reel to reel and audio tape digitizing / transfer service, and we also convert digital formats in the digital domain for the highest quality possible. All ADAT, DAT and DTRS transfers are perfect 1:1 copies with sample- accurate sync, with no additional D/A to A/D process is involved, to maintain a pure digital transfer. If you're still not sure what kind of tape you have, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'll be happy to help!

What type of audio tape do I have? Read our guide to help you figure this out and answer many other questions about tape transfer.

Now is the time to convert your ADAT, Tascam DTRS, DAT, reel-to-reel tapes, vinyl acetates/dubplates and cassette tapes to CD, stereo .WAV, .AIFF for mastering and multiple .WAV or .AIFF for multi track digital mixing in modern DAWs.

We can also deal with moldy tapes for an additional fee. We will need to kill and remove the mold before we begin the transfer.

We serve customers locally in Los Angeles and Orange Counties (you can hand deliver your tapes to us) as well as customers out-of-state or internationally that can ship tapes to us. For international shipments Customs does not require a Video-Film Declaration for negatives, still photographs, CD-ROMs, or audio tapes. It is normally a very easy process to send us your tapes. We recommended packing your tapes in a sturdy cardboard box. More information and instructions will be provided for shipment at the time of your order.

We can also transfer non-tape formats such has hard drives, minidisc, Zip drives, SyQuest drives, DVD-RAM and other magnetic, magneto optical or optical formats for two track as well as transfers for multitrack hard disk recorders.

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  • 1 inch 16 Track and 24 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

    1 inch tape
    1" (one inch) magnetic tape has been used in studio since the 1970s. We record your 1" 16 or 24 track analog reel-to-reel tapes to a digital format.
  • 1/2 inch 8 Track and 16 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

    1/2" (half inch) magnetic tape has been used in studio since the 1970s. We record your 1/2" (half inch) 4, 8, or 16 track analog reel-to-reel tapes to a digital format.
  • 1/4 inch 2 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

    1/4" reels (quarter inch) are probably the most recognized open reel type in the world. We record your stereo 2 track quarter inch analog reel-to-reel tape to .wav or .aiff.
  • 1/4 inch 4 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

    Teac A-3340 4 track deck
    ¼” (quarter inch) 4 track format was made for home quadraphonic stereo and later by musicians. We can transfer your 4 track reels to digital .wav or .aiff files.
  • 1/4 inch 8 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

    1/4 inch 8 track tape machine
    ¼” (quarter inch) 8 track format was a bit obscure and there were only a few models that used this configuration. We can transfer 8 track reels to digital .wav or .aiff files.
  • 2 inch 24 and 16 Track Audio Tape Digitizing

    The 2 inch 24 track and 16 track magnetic tape reel formats are two of best sounding multitrack audio formats of all time. We can digitize them for you.
  • 360 Systems Digicart II Plus (Iomega Zip 100 or SCSI HDD)

    360 Systems Digicart II Plus with Iomega Zip 100
    Digicart was a replacement to the analog Cart systems used in television and radio stations. We can digitally transfer your cues from Iomega Zip disks to a .wav or .aiff.
  • 8 and 4 Track Audio Cassette Tape Digitizing

    Cassette 8 track and 4 track recorders and tapes
    Cassette 8 track and 4 track recorders were some of the first affordable home studio decks. We can transfer 8 track and 4 track cassette tapes to individual .wav files.
  • 8 Track Tape Cartridge Transfer

    8 track tape cartridge
    8 track tapes are known for being played in 70's car stereos. We transfer the audio from these tapes.
  • Alesis ADAT VHS tape digital audio transfer to .wav files

    ADAT tape
    The Alesis ADAT was the first affordable 8-track digital audio recorder that used same type of tape as a VCR. We can transfer both 16 and 20 bit tapes to .wav or .aiff files.
  • CD and DVD Transfers

    Compact Disc (CD) amd DVD
    CDRs and DVDRs were once an economical medium for backup but they will not last forever as we once thought.
  • CF Card

    top and side view of a CF card
    CF Card was a popular format for cameras and media players. We can retrieve the files from these cards.
  • DAT (Digital Audio Tape) Digital Transfers

    DAT tape
    DAT is a 2-channel digital audio tape format introduced by Sony in 1987. We can digitally transfer your DAT tape to a digital .wav or .aiff files or CD-R.
  • DDS (Digital Data Storage) File Retrieval, MacOS, WindowsNT

    DDS tapes
    We can retrieve Mac DDS Pro Tools sessions and convert them to the current version of Pro Tools.
  • DTRS Tapes/Tascam DA-88 Audio Tape Digital Transfers

    DTRS tape
    DTRS multitrack audio decks could each record up to 8 tracks. The most popular model was the Tascam DA-88. We can transfer your DTRS tapes (Hi-8) to .wav or .aiff files.
  • Dubplates or Acetates

    Vinyl record
    A dubplate is an acetate disc similar to a vinyl record that is sometimes used to make one-off records. After fifty plays there is loss of sound quality. Let us archive them.
  • DVD-RAM Data Transfer

    DVD-RAM disk in a drive
    We can transfer the files from cartridge style DVD-RAM disks
  • Microcassette Transfer

    Microcassette were first introduced in 1969 and were used to record meetings, legal proceedings, dictated field notes, interviews. We can digitally archive these tapes for you.
  • MiniDisc to .wav File Transfer

    Sony MiniDisc
    Sony MiniDiscs, introduced in 1992, use rewritable magneto-optical storage, offering a capacity of 74 min. We can digitally archive your MiniDiscs as .aiff or .wav files.
  • PCM Encoded VHS and Beta Digital Audio Tapes

    PCM tape video display
    We can transfer the audio from PCM VHS and Beta tapes to stereo audio files.
  • Phonograph Record Transfer

    Vinyl record
    The phonograph disc record or vinyl was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century. We can digitally record a record for you.
  • Stereo Cassette Audio Tape Transfer and Repair

    stack of stereo cassette tapes
    Compact Audio Cassette first came on the market in 1963 and reach peak popularity in the 80s with the advent of the Sony Walkman. We can digitally record cassette tapes.
  • Tape Baking

    a reel to reel tape in the oven
    Some magnetic tape reels are prone to "sticky shed" syndrome, due to the breakdown of the binder glue. Baking may be required before transferring some tape to the digital domain.
  • Track Splitting

    Newly digitized or transfer tape audio files may have multiple songs in them. You may not want you mastering engineers to spend valuable hours performing this service.

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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.
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