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TechHelp Ottawa converts vinyl LP, 78 & 45 RPM records

TechHelp Ottawa Backs Up Your Vinyl Records To CD Or MP3

OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE

Our quality equipment & software reduces surface noise to ensure the highest fidelity.

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

#1 - VINYL (33, 45 & 78 RPM) RECORDS TO CD
VINYL RECORDING IS TRANSFERRED TO CD

VINYL TO CD

$15.00 PER LP
(tax included)
$10.00 FOR 78 & 45 RPM

PLUS .50¢ each for separating tracks+

 

DIFFERENT SIZED RECORDS


--> 33 RPM (LP Long Play) - $15
PLUS .50¢ each for defining tracks (See "defining tracks" below)+

--> 45 RPM - $8 per single-sided • $10 per double-sided 45 RPM
--> 78 RPM - $8 per single-sided • $10 per double-sided 78 RPM

Regardless of how many songs there are on an LP, content is initially captured as one continuous sound file. Therefore, tracks must be manually separated—one song at a time, at 50¢ per track—before they can be committed to CD. A typical LP holds approximately 15 tracks.


#2 - VINYL RECORD TO AUDIO FILE
VINYL RECORD IS CONVERTED TO MP3 OR AAC FILES (FILES ARE LABELLED)

VINYL TO MP3

$20.00 PER LP
(tax included)
$15.00 FOR 78 & 45 RPM

includes “metadata tagging*
PLUS .50¢ each for separating tracks
+

 
We can convert your vinyl recordings 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.
 
We can convert music files to compressed AAC or MP3 format for use on MP3 or iPod™ players. The following is text-heavy and may be confusing, so please don't hesitate to ask questions.

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 LP for capture, processing and conversion to MP3 or AAC format
--> $5 extra per LP for Automatic metadata imbedding
TOTAL $20 PER LP

--> .5o cents each for separating 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 LP 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

Included in the price, audio files are put through software specially designed to reduce surface noise such as pops and clicks, AC hum and turntable rumble on LPs.
We will assist you in backing up your commercially recorded LPs 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.
For just $4 more, the surface of each CD is professionally imprinted with a custom-made inkjet label using an image of the record label or the image of your choice. Each CD is packaged in a paper sleeve for protection.
Beware of other methods available now for transferring LPs to CD. The most popular is the USB turntable. In our experience, these products are inferior because they often use cheap phono cartridges, inferior styluses and plastic turntables, producing only mediocre sound quality and files that are usually highly compressed.

At TechHelp Ottawa, we do audio archiving the right way! We use only the best equipment available such as a Tascam 488 studio mixing board and direct drive, state-of-the art turntables. For 33 & 45 RPM records we use the legendary Shure V15 Type IV phono cartridge with a stylus shock absorber that reduces surface noise and dampens the effects of uneven LP surfaces. For 78 RPM records we use the highly acclaimed Shure-M97xE cartridge with specialized stylus.

We also pay close attention to equalization settings—especially for 78 RPM records—to ensure excellent sound quality.

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). It is a time consuming process, but the resulting CD has the original tracks in tact and sound quality that is equal to or better than the original.


Tips For Better Service

You can use plain dish detergent (no hand softeners or anti-bacterial agents) and lukewarm tap water to wash records. Use a soft cloth or sponge to lather up both side of the record. DO NOT WIPE FROM THE INSIDE OF THE RECORD TO THE EDGE. BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE GROOVES INSTEAD. Rinse very thoroughly and place on a soft, clean towel. Use dry paper towels to gently dry each side, again following the grooves. >View this YouTube video
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Happy Clients

"I grew up with my mother’s collection of 78s, though I hadn’t heard them in many years. Who has a 78 rpm turntable anymore? But Stuart was able to convert them into audio files, and with amazing sound to boot. It was a life’s joy to listen to them. And, at 91, Mom got to hear the old music again."
John I. — Journalist

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"It was a nostalgic, if minor, exercise. In what must have been a somewhat fastidious task, Tech Help transfered 62 45 rpm tracks to CD's with excellent results at a very reasonable price. Records dating from the 60's and 70's from Europe, Latin and North America can now be enjoyed without jumping up every 10 minutes to change the record. (I no longer have a stacked spindle for the player.)"
JR Roy—Happy Customer


Our clients include:

Government of Canada; Lee Valley Tools; Retired Teachers of Ontario; Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA); Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Sweet Grass Records; Lutheran Church Eastern Synod; Rideau Ferry Harbour; The Buzz Kitchen + Cocktails; Heritage North Museum; etc.

TechHelp Ottawa accepts major credit cards
TechHelp Ottawa accepts E-transfers
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All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax. Rates may change without notice.


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