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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.

Pro Tools, originally named "Sound Tools" was first launched in 1989. At that stage it was a basic audio editor for stereo files. After further enhancement, a new version of the program was developed and renamed Pro Tools, which offered 4 tracks of digital audio recording. Digidesign continued to enhancement the Pro Tools software, added a MIDI sequencer and multitrack recording at 16-bit / 44.1 KHz. By 1997, Pro Tools reached 24-bit, with support of up to 48 tracks. Since the late 1990's Pro Tools has become the industry standard for disk-based digital audio recording.

We archive floppy discs from old PCs and Macs. 5.25" (5 1/4 in) floppy discs and 3.5" (3 1/2 in)discs data can be converted to a modern readable file type ranging from text documents and midi sequence files. We can read audio files and samples from Classic Mac (pre-USB) internal hard drives, IOmega Zip and Jaz and Imation Superdisk.

As with any type of magnetic tape, computer disks are subject to deterioration over time. If discs have been stored far away form speakers or CRT TVs there is a pretty good chance they are still readable. However, the clock is ticking on the machines that can read them.

Most modern digital audio workstations (DAWs) and audio editors are capable of importing only a select number of digital audio formats such as WAV, AIFF, MP3, M4A, OGG and FLAC. With the massive amount of digital audio formats that have existed through the years, many producers are no longer able to import a great deal of older audio files into their projects - let alone even audition them. Deep Signal Studios can solve the problem of incompatible, unrecognized, or unknown audio formats.

Deep Signal Studios proudly offers full audio restoration services to repair, clean up and enhance any audio material. Whether the recording suffers from room echo, pops, clicks, hums, ambient noise, or varying pitch (often present in analog transfers) we can help. Utilizing cutting-edge processing tools and mastering techniques we can diagnose complex issues and rescue a poor recording.

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