Reel-to-Reel Tape FAQ

Can you transfer reel-to-reel to CD?

You can transfer reel-to-reel tapes to CD or digital file either yourself or a professional company like Curtis Media Transfer can do it. 

How do I record a reel-to-reel tape to my computer?

You can record your reel-to-reel tape to your computer buying  a DAW (digital audio workstation from Amazon and hooking the outputs (red and white) from a reel-to-reel deck (such as a TEAC or Akai) to your DAW.

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Is reel-to-reel still used?

Reel-to-reel tape recordings are still used by audio enthusiast but other than that they are no longer used. Reel-to-reel decks cannot be purchased new because no company manufactures them anymore. You can have your reel-to-reel tapes transferred to digital files such as MP3 either by doing it yourself or having professional transfer company's such as Curtis Media Transfer do it for you.

How long do reel to reel tapes last?

Some "authority's" claim reel-to-reel tapes last about 20 years. But, we have transferred tapes that where 60 years old with no problems. So I would say reel-to-reel tapes last around 50-60 years depending on how well they where stored.

Can old reel-to-reel tapes be recycled?

The plastic reels could possibly be recycled but the tape itself would have to use in the afterlife.

Can old reel-to-reel tapes be recycled?

The plastic reels could possibly be recycled but the tape itself would have to use in the afterlife.