Reel-to-Reel Tape To CD or MP3 Transfer Service
Curtis Media Transfer specializes in transferring Reel-to-Reel tape to CD, MP3 or WAV files. We have been doing this for the past 19 years. During those years we have cultivated a great reputation allowing us to do work with organizations such as, Johns Hopkins University, Parris Island Marine Base and Carnegie Hall just to name a few. We help our customers recover tape recordings made 40, 50 even 60 years ago.
30% off reel-to-reel transfers
until May 31st, 2022
3 inch - 4 inch reel $25.00 Now $17.50
5 inch - 6 inch reel $35.00 Now $24.50
7 inch reel $40.00 Now $28.00
10.5 inch reel $50.00 Now $35.00
Duplicate CD $9.00
Preview Samples: Still Free!
You can use the order form to calculate the cost (including discount) and see all your options. Please don't submit until you are ready to order. (Order form will open in a new window).
Step 1 - Determine what you have.
Reel to reel tape (or open reel tape) came in many shapes & sizes. The most common to the average consumer was ¼" tape. Reel-to-reel tape also came in other sizes but was reserved mostly for the professional recording market.
To determine what you have, simply measure the tape, the actual tape not the reel. It should measure 1 quarter of an inch in width. We transfer all ¼" reel-to-reel tape to CD and digital files such a MP3 & WAV.
Step 2 - Measuring Reel Size
When measuring the reel size simple measure diameter of the tape as if you were measuring a plate. Sizes vary but it should be close to 3-4 inches, 5-6 inches, 7 inches or 10.5 inches in diameter.
If the reel is not full of tape measure the part that has tape. So for example a plastic reel could measure 7 inches in diameter but only have 3 inches of tape on it. We would charge for a 3 inch reel to be transferred not a 7 inch.
Any questions about what kind of tape you have or the size and cost, please give us a call at 1-800-617-8273 or use the form on our Contact page.
Step 3 - Number your reel-to-reel tapes
You can do this with post-it notes or any other sticky labels you have. Maybe a Sharpie if you don't mind writing on the boxes/reels.
This numbering helps us with any special instructions you might have concerning particular tapes.
Also, if you choose to have samples sent to your inbox but have more than five tapes (our limit on preview samples), you will need to indicate which tapes you want to preview.
Pre numbering the tapes improves the communication between you and us and helps get the job done your way.
Step 4 - Decide if you want Preview Samples.
Preview samples offers you the opportunity to hear samples from up to 5 of your reel-to-ree tapes with no obligation.
Have small 2 - 3 minute MP3 samples of content from your reel-to-reel tapes sent to your inbox select that option on the order form.
You will find a place on the order form to describe what kind of content you are hoping to find. For example, live music, family conversations etc.
Our technicians will transfer the entire content of your reel-to-reel tapes and digitally search for the content you described. That content, if found, will be used to make your samples. These samples will then be emailed to you to hear.
After you give the "okay" we will email you an invoice and transfer the tapes you request. You will not be charged anything until after we have finished your project. If you choose to have nothing transferred, no problem, you would just owe the $11.00 return shipping (if you want the reels returned, if not, you owe nothing). If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 1-800-617-8273 or use the contact form here.
Step 5 - Fill Out Your Order Form
On your order form you will be able to choose your output preferences, order CD copies for family and friends, order flash drives if you are not sending one with your tapes, request to have Preview Samples emailed to you, leave the technician some notes or communicate with us about anything you wish. The order form will also calculate your total.
Please call us at 1-800-617-8273 if you any problems ordering your media transfers.
Step 6 - Pack & ship your tapes
Keep in mind that all deliveries to us are made by hand inside at our front counter. Everything we ship out is picked up at the same front counter. Also, over the years we have built friendships with, USPS, UPS & FedEx drivers. They all know what we do is irreplaceable.
Our shipping address is:
Curtis Media Transfer
7089 Taylorsville Rd. Suite A
Huber Heights, Ohio 45424
Determining The Cost
When viewing our pricing keep in mind that it is all-inclusive. For example a 7 inch reel-to-reel with 60 minutes of audio will be the same price if it has 120 minutes and needs an extra CD. (80 minutes is all that a CD will hold). You will get a set of 2 CDs for for the same price. It also includes tape baking, track marking, splicing, repairing, hiss hum and noise reduction, MP3 or WAV instead of audio CD, downloading your tapes audio and more. Return shipping is a flat $11.00.
Why should you choose us?
Our experience and expertise in this field enables us to handle each and every reel-to-reel transfer with ease and confidence. Any speed, any head configuration. If your reel-to reel tape was recorded on quarter-inch magnetic tape we can transfer it to CD, MP3 or other digital format and make your reel-to-reel tape sound better in the process.
Advantages of choosing us
We offer free MP3's samples of your tapes with no obligation to go through with the transfer. (Optional). See more information on order form.
We include splicing, repairing and baking of your reel-to-reels in the price of transfer.
We include hiss, hum & noise reduction, equalization, volume enhancements and track separation in the price of transfer. (No editing option also available).
We use professional archival grade CD's. (Digital download option also available).
We price by reel size not runtime so you don't have to know how long your tape is.
We turn-around most orders in 2 - 3 weeks or less. (Other places take 6-8 weeks and charge you more if you want it quicker). If you are working with a deadline let us know and will be happy to help you meet that deadline.
We have a team of motivated technicians with over 19 years experience.
We hold your digital files for 90 days for safety & re-orders.
We offer output options such as CD, MP3 or WAV. Digital files can be downloaded or placed on a flash drive or external hard drive.
We have no minimum order.
We have outstanding customer support: Call us at 1-800-617-8273 M-TH 10am/6pm & Fri 10am/5pm ET. Or use this form to contact us anytime.
Find a better price somewhere else for the same service, and if we can verify it, we will try to match it
We do not put a copyright lock on disc. (Which means you can burn copies yourself if you like).
Extra copies, if we make them, are just $9.00
We perform all the work in-house by us.
We are always friendly and professional.
We have flat rate pricing. No hidden or extra fees. (Return shipping is just $11.00 2-3 day Priority Mail).
CD included in price. You can purchase a flash drive from us for just $10.00 or you can provide your own.
Equipment is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.
We print directly to your new CD at no extra cost. (Digital file, options also available).
No charge for blank reel-to-reel tapes.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What kind of reel-to-reel do you transfer?
A: All quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recorded mono, stereo, half-track, 2 track, and four track mono.
Q: Will I be charged if my my tapes are blank?
A: No. If you want the tape back there will be a return shipping fee of $11.00
Q: I don't know what is on my reel-to-reel tapes, what can you do to help?
A: With our free "Preview Samples" we can email you short mp3 samples taken from your tapes. If you decide not to have your tapes transferred after hearing the samples there is no charge at all other than having your tapes returned to you, and that is optional. See details on order form.
Q: How many tapes fit onto one CD?
A: First, a CD can hold 80 minutes of audio. So as long as a reel-to-reel tape is under 80 minutes it will fit on one CD. In many cases, a reel-to-reel tape is longer than 80 minutes. This depends on the size of the reel, how much tape is on the reel, the speed the tape was recorded at, the thickness of the tape, and, how the reel-to-reel tape was recorded. (Mono, stereo, 4 track mono, both directions .) These factors all play into the over all length and quality of your tapes final transfer. Of course you do have the option of having your reel-to-reel tapes transferred to CD, or digital file such as MP3 or WAV. Those file can be delivered to you on a flash drive, cloud, and email download as data.
Q: What is sticky shed and could my reel-to-reel tapes have it?
A:Sticky Shed Syndrome is a condition higher quality reel-to-reel tapes from the late 70's and 80's can have. Usually, if your reel-to-reel tapes were not recorded in a professional studio, or a home studio you don't have to worry about sticky shed. If they were, and if they do have Sticky Shed, we will bake your tapes at no cost to you. After the baking process the reel-to-reel tapes will be as good as new. (for 30 days or so). If you think your reel-to-reel tape might have sticky shed, do not try to play it! Playing tapes with Sticky Shed without baking them will ruin them. Reel-to-reel tapes by the brand "Ampex" commonly have Sticky Shed.
Q: Do you sell reel-to-reel decks?
A: No. You can try A-V Specialist. They also repair decks.
Q: Will my finished CD have track markers?
A: Yes. Track placement is determined by the technician who edits your audio. NOTE : If you have classical music or opera transferred your track markers may not be correct.
Q: How much audio can a reel-to-reel hold?
A: Reel-to-reel tape decks did not have just one speed like cassettes. They played from 1 7/8 inches per second, 3 3/4 inches per second 7 1/2 inches per second and more. Also, there was many different sized reels. From 3" to 10.5". Also the thickness of tape, some companies made very thin reel-to-reel tape and bragged about how much more you get for your money . And some made thicker tape and bragged about quality. There was also different ways a reel-to-reel tape could have been recorded: Mono, stereo or four track mono or a combination of stereo and four track mono. Reel-to-reel tapes also have sides. Then they have tracks. Left and Right Side 1 and Left and Right Side 2. A person could have recorded on left and right together for stereo recordings, or use left and right separately for 4 track mono. It is really impossible to predict how much audio is on your reel-to-reel tapes. That is why we charge by the reel. Weather your tape takes 6 CDs or 1 to hold all of the audio it is going to be the same price. No surprises. ( 1 CD holds 80 minutes of audio)
Q: Do you offer a bulk discount?
A: Yes, 10% after 25-30 tapes. 15% after 30-50 tapes. 20% after 50-75. 25% 75-100
Q: How long does it take?
A: We are always willing to work with your deadline. So if you have a special need please call us and let us know and we will work with you. We enjoy helping people make an occasion special for a loved one. Now the standard answer is14 days. If you have many tapes it could take longer.
Curtis Media Transfer 7089 Suite A, Taylorsville Rd, Huber Heights OH 45424