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.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW:
#1 (transfer to CD) or #2 (convert to audio file)
VINYL RECORDING IS TRANSFERRED TO CD
VINYL TO CD
$15.00 PER LP
$10.00 FOR 78 & 45 RPM
.PLUS .50¢ each for defining tracks+
DIFFERENT SIZED RECORDS
--> 33⅓ 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
VINYL RECORD IS CONVERTED TO MP3 OR AAC FILES (FILES ARE LABELLED)
VINYL TO MP3
$20.00 PER LP
$15.00 FOR 78 & 45 RPM
includes “metadata tagging*
PLUS .50¢ each for defining tracks+
"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
---> $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 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 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
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.
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 33⅓ & 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
"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
"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
We have listened to the CDs and you have done a great job! We think the CDs sound better than the original records. Listening to the music after all these years brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.
Cathy and Mark Kelly — February 20, 2016
All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax. Rates may change without notice.
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