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TechHelp Ottawa converts cassette tapes to CD or MP3

TechHelp Ottawa Backs Up Your Cassette Tapes To CD Or MP3

OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE

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Our quality equipment & software reduces tape hiss & ensures the highest fidelity.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW:
#1 (transfer to CD) or #2 (convert to audio file)

#1 - CASSETTE TAPE TO CD
CASSETTE TAPE IS TRANSFERRED TO CD

CASSETTE TO CD

$15.00 PER CASSETTE (80 min or less)
.PLUS .50¢ each for defining tracks+

 
Regardless of how many songs there are on a cassette tape, content is initially captured as one continuous sound file. Therefore, tracks must be manually defined—one song at a time, at 50¢ per track—before they can be committed to CD. A typical cassette can hold up to15 tracks.


#2 - CASSETTE TAPE TO AUDIO FILE
CASSETTE TAPE IS CONVERTED TO MP3 OR AAC FIILES (FILES ARE LABELLED)

CASSETTE TO MP3

$20.00 PER CASSETTE
.includes “metadata tagging*
PLUS .50¢ each for defining tracks
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We can convert your cassette tapes to compressed AAC or MP3 audio files for use on MP3 or iPod™ players. Please click on the links below to read detailed descriptions of this process.
METADATA TAGGING
"Tagging" is the process whereby each track is imbedded with information about the song and album title, artwork, artist, genre, track number, production year, etc. This information is called "metadata" and is what your computer or player uses to identify each song.

FEES FOR CONVERSION TO MP3 OR AAC

Metadata tagging
--> $15 per hour for capture, processing and conversion to MP3 or AAC format
--> $5 extra per standard 80 minute cassette for Automatic metadata imbedding
TOTAL $20 PER TAPE HOUR

--> .5o cents each for defining tracks+
--> Discounts apply for quantity

Resulting audio files are burned to data DVD (provided by us) or put onto an external hard drive or USB thumb drive (memory stick) provided by the client. Compressed audio files such as MP3s can also be sent via Dropbox.

NOTE: We use the Gracenote™ database to automatically import and imbed metadata. if information about your older or obscure cassette does not exist on Gracenote, however, we have to manually type in album metadata one track at a time—a very time consuming process!
 
 


Frequently Asked Questions

Tapes are notorious for their background hiss. Reducing this annoying distraction on cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes is included in the price.
Regardless of how many segments or songs there are on a tape, content is initially captured as one continuous sound file. Therefore, tracks must be manually defined—one song at a time, at 50¢ per track—before they can be committed to CD. A typical music cassette tape, for example, holds approximately 15 - 20 tracks.
For just $4 more, the surface of each CD is professionally imprinted with a custom-made inkjet label using an image of the cassette label or the image of your choice. Each CD is packaged in a paper sleeve for protection.
We use only the best equipment available, such as a Tascam 488 studio mixing board, state-of-the art cassette decks and a professional series TEAC A-3340S four-channel open-reel tape deck. By capturing your original media using high sampling rates, we produce large, high quality, uncompressed WAV files (exactly the same file type used on commercial CDs). Sound files are passed through software specially designed to reduce tape hiss.
We will assist you in backing up your commercially recorded cassettes for your private use only. We will ONLY work from the original copyrighted material that is owned by the customer for whom we are doing the work. Our fee covers the cost of our labour and use of equipment. No digital lock will be broken in the process, and we will not duplicate copyrighted material for public distribution.

December, 2012 — Canada's recent Copyright Modernization Act "legitimizes activities that Canadians do every day. For example, it recognizes that Canadians should not be liable for … copying music from CDs to MP3 players, or backing up data if they are doing so for their private use and have not broken a digital lock." Bill C-11 was passed and received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012.


Tips For Better Service

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that cassette tapes be accurately labelled. This helps us to properly label the resulting CDs.
It really helps when you present us with tapes that are rewound to the beginning.
Knowing the length of each tape will help with calculating an estimate. Cassette tapes are usually labelled 60 (30 minutes per side), 90 (45 minutes per side) or 120 (60 minutes per side). Since CDs hold 80 minutes or less of content, cassettes that are over 80 minutes require two CDs at additional cost.
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Happy Clients


I couldn't be happier with the service I received from TechHelp Ottawa. The sound quality from the cassette tape was amazingly clear and the custom made label was the perfect finishing touch. The entire transaction was easy and quick. I appreciate that it was affordable and that all fees were clearly listed up front. I would recommend TechHelp Ottawa to anyone looking for audio transfers!
Katie J. — November 24, 2015

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“I just wish to thank you, Tech Help, for the CDs you produced from my music tapes. Every time I play one I am grateful (no—MOST grateful) to you. My life is much richer now. Lots of good memories come to me. Thanks a million!”
Martin H.

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I had an old cassette tape lying around that I had wanted to transfer to CD for a long time. It was a tape of my grandmother talking about her life and singing some songs in her mother tongue (Italian), and it was very precious to me. TechHelp Ottawa took good care of the cassette tape and they were able to make my grandmother's voice much clearer than it had been on the original cassette. They also printed a picture of my now deceased grandmother on the label. I thought this was a nice touch."
Brenda B

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All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax. Rates may change without notice.


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