TechHelp Ottawa
We Digitize Reel Tapes to CD & MP3

You can rent a tape recorder to preview your tapes. Just ask us!

Email & telephone orders only. Mail or curb-side pickup & delivery only.
Please wear a mask & socially distance.

EMAIL US
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PHONE US IN OTTAWA
343-887-8715

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OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE
WE PAY THE TAX

REEL TAPE TO CD OR MP3

$18.00 - $20.00* PER HOUR OF TAPE

tax included
*Price includes “metadata tagging (see below)
PLUS .50¢ each for separating tracks+


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NOTE: The cost of transferring your reel-to-reel tapes to audio files is $18 - $20 per hour, tax included. We charge only for the content I find in my search of your tape.

There may be an additional fee associated with sound restoration which might include volume normalizing, editing out gaps, and reducing inherent background tape hiss and other unwanted sounds. If the content consists of music, then there may be the need to separate tracks and label them upon request.

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Audio archiving the right way!

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At TechHelp Ottawa, we do audio archiving the right way! We use only the best equipment available such as a studio quality four channel reel-to-reel tape deck that can accommodate reels up to and including 10 inches at any tape speed. Our professional audio mixer can handle up to four channels.

We have also invested heavily in state-of-the-art computer software programs that reduce inherent background tape hiss. We pay particular attention to voice enhancement, especially on spoken recordings, so that they often sound much better than the original tape. Volume is normalized where necessary.

Tracks are separated manually, and high quality WAV files are produced that can be burned to CD. These WAV files can also be converted into compressed MP3 or AAC files that are imbedded with "metadata" including song and album titles, artwork, artist, genre, etc. Your computer or player needs this information to identify content. Inputting this information can be very time consuming when done manually, thus the added cost for producing audio files.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tapes are notorious for their background hiss. Reducing this annoying distraction on reel-to-reel tapes is included in the price. Often, though, advanced audio restoration is required for content recorded on reel-to-reel tapes.
Regardless of how many recording sessions or songs there are on a tape, 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 or converted to digital files.
For just $5 more, the surface of each CD is professionally imprinted with a custom-made inkjet label using an image of the tape container 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 our professional studio mixing board and professional series TEAC A-3340S four channel reel-to-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.


Tips For Better Service

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that reel-to-reel tapes are accurately labelled. This helps us to properly label the resulting CDs.
Knowing the length of each tape will help with calculating an estimate. Since CDs hold 80 minutes or less of content, reel-to-reel tapes over 80 minutes require more than one CD, at additional cost.


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TechHelp Ottawa
Specializes in
AUDIO RESTORATION


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EMAIL US
CLICK HERE

PHONE US IN OTTAWA
343-887-8715

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Happy Client

“I just wish to thank you, Tech Help, for the CDs you produced from my reel-to-reel 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.

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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NEED TO PREVIEW YOUR REEL TAPES?
YOU CAN RENT A TAPE RECORDER & SPEAKERS FROM US. JUST ASK.
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