2 inch 24 and 16 Track Tape Transfer

We can record (aka digitize) your 2" (2 inch) 24 track and 16 track analog reel-to-reel tapes to multiple digital audio files in the .wav or .aiff files format at 44.1, 48, 96 or 192 kHz at 16 or 24 bit. This will allow you to digitally remix the tracks in a modern day PC based digital audio workstations like Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro X, Garage Band, or Reaper. 2 inch tape is enjoying a comeback for the warm sonic qualities. Many engineers now choose to transfer these tapes tracks to digital (aka digitizing), allowing for safekeeping, and easy editing in these DAWs. This is also critical to preserve the recordings, since magnetic tape has a finite lifespan. We also provide tape baking services for older unstable tapes. Contact us now for a quote and directions on sending us your tapes.

Ampex 2 inch tapeThe 2 inch 24 track and 16 track reel formats were one of the most popular professional recording formats of all time. A staple in recording studios since the 1970s, these formats allowed for multi-track audio recording with minimal bounces and cutting/splicing due the greater number of available tracks. With 24 available tracks, entire sessions could be recorded without syncing multiple reel to reel decks. Many hits from the 1970s to the 1990s were recorded on this format, with the wide availability of 2" magnetic tape from manufacturers such as Scotch/3M and AMPEX/Quantegy.

2" tapes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s including AMPEX/Quantegy  406/407, 456/457, 499 and Scotch/3M 206/207, 226/227, 808, and 986 are unfortunately prone to "sticky shed" syndrome, due to the breakdown of the binder (glue) holding the oxide particles on the tape. We have mastered the process of treating and rescuing these tapes suffering from severe sticky shed by baking them at a precise temperature and duration. Let our team of seasoned engineers handle the delicate process of saving your recordings; giving them an infinite lifespan in the digital domain. Contact us now for a quote and directions on sending us your tapes.

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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.