Tape Baking

Older ¼" (quarter inch), ½" (half inch), 1 inch, and 2 inch tapes including AMPEX/Quantegy from the 70's to the 90's and 3M/Scotch "Master" grade of tapes are unfortunately prone to "sticky shed" syndrome, due to the breakdown of the binder (glue) over time that holds the oxide particles on the tape.

Baking is sometimes required before transferring the tape to the digital domain.

a reel to reel tape in the ovenWe have mastered the process of treating and rescuing these tapes suffering from severe sticky shed by baking them at a precise temperature and duration. Consumer grade 3M/Scotch which have an acetate formula and are silicon lubricated do not have this issues and should not be baked but the professional formulas that may have sticky shed and will require baking. 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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  • 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.