Despite our name, video99.co.uk is also a leading audio transfers service, offering an exceptionally wide range of audio formats.  We can run audio to CD, MP3, computer or minidisc, just let us know your requirements. 

Recordings are generally made on our Tascam DR-100MKII professional audio recorder, using a digital link for playback of digital audio formats (Minidisc, DAT and DCC).


Reel to reel

Reel-to-reel audio domestic two-track and four-track (stereo or mono) tapes, up to 7" spools at both 3.75 and 7.5 inch/second speeds costing around 18 per hour (depending in complexity).  Lower speeds can also be handled where required too.  Now also available: Two-track and four-track recordings on spools of up to 10.5" with NAB centres and speed up to 15 inches per second, with our specially modified and fully serviced Ferrograph tape deck, costing around 22 per hour.

Ferrograph tape deck Ferrograph professional tape deck.

A domestic tape spool



Minidisc

MD minidisc to CD including LP2 and LP4 at 12 per hour.  Transfer to CD or computer will be carried out in a pure digital data stream for the best possible results.


Cassette

Cassette (Compact Cassette) to CD or computer (including Dolby B and Dolby C recordings) at 12 - 18 per hour depending on complexity, utilising a three-head dual capstan cassette deck of outstanding performance.

Digital Compact Cassette DCC

Digital Compact Cassette DCC to CD or computer transfers now also available, starting at 16 per tape.  DCC was a digital audio format marketed by Philips from 1994 to 1996.  Despite excellent technical results, it was not a commercial success.  Transfer to CD or WAV files can be carried out in a pure digital data stream for the best possible results.

DCC cassettes


DAT (Digital Audio Tape)

DAT Digital Audio Tape (32k, 44k and 48kbit/s recordings).  DAT to CD or audio files at around 16 per tape depending on complexity.  Transfer will be carried out in a pure digital data stream for the best possible results.  If I am supplying WAV files, I can retain the 48kHz sample rate if your tapes are recorded in that format (superior to CD quality).  Our machines presently include a Sony DTC-690 and a Tascam DA-30MKII, both of which have digital outputs for connection to our Tascam DR-100MKII digital audio recorder.


Microcassette and Mini Cassette

Microcassettes are usually used as dictation machine / answerphone tapes, I can run Microcassette to CD at both 1.2 and 2.4 speeds.  I can also run Minicassette (Mini Cassette) to CD, usually these tapes are used in professional dictation equipment.  Both cost just 14 per hour, less in quantity.

Microcassette and Minicassette tapes. Microcassette (left) and Minicassette (right) tapes are very similar and often confused.


Audio tracks from video tapes

Audio tracks from any kind of video cassette can be transferred to CD or computer file.  This includes Hifi or linear audio tracks from VHS, Betamax, V2000 and camcorder tapes of all types.  Also PCM digital audio recordings of the PCM-F1 (including PCM-601 and PCM-701) formats usually recorded on Betamax but may be any video cassette (very few transfer companies handle the PCM F1 format, and even fewer can accept both PAL and NTSC tapes).  The cost of PCM-F1 transfers is typically 25 per CD of up to 80 minutes.  Just email me with your requirements.

Also available now is capability for PCM digital audio recordings made on the Sony EV-S800, EV-S900, EV-S700U, and possibly Pioneer VE-D77, which could record up to 6 sets of digital stereo recordings on an 8mm video cassette in audio-only mode.  The cost for this is around 15 per hour, it's a very rare format.

Ask email me details.  Prices start from 15 per tape.

PCM 1610/PCM1630 digital audio recordings on Umatic are now available.  These are played back on the specially designed Sony DMR4000 Umatic player connected to PCM1630 decoder which supports RAR (read after read), to greatly reduce the chances of tape defects affecting the sound.  (Even so, tape condition is very critical to this format).  Costs 30 for one tape, discounts in quantity.
PCM1630 and DMR4000 kit


8-track tapes

8-track tapes were often sold as pre-recorded titles in the 1970's, but recorders also existed to allow recording onto blank tapes.  I can run 8-track tapes in stereo to CD with track splits.  Priced around 10 - 25 per tape (depending on quantity and complexity), I now have brand new 8-track equipment in to get the very best results.  Sometimes these tapes require special attention if they are snapped, have parts missing or disintegrated, or the tape pack is improperly wound.  There can be a small charge for this work but it's usually only about 5 - 10.


What I don't do

I don't generally run vinyl to CD transfers and at the moment don't know of any company that does this, sorry. 


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Some previous testimonials for www.video99.co.uk audio transfers.

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How to request an audio transfer.

To request an audio transfer,  please email me with your requirements and include your postal address.  Audio recordings require particular personal attention, just let me know of any requirements.  Usually I transfer to CD but options include transfer to computer file, minidisc tape and more.  We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.

Ideally can you ensure you send the tapes in a package which is sufficiently large and robust for me to use to send back your original tapes. Usually I will send the CDs to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the transfers, I will return your tapes. This way I can help you further if necessary - for example you can now see you want a different part of a tape transferred on its own or you want extra copies.  

We do NOT run audio to a computer sound card because this is not the highest quality.  Instead we always transfer to high quality digital audio equipment and take a digital transfer from there, to give you the very best sound quality.

Please read our Terms and Conditions, which form part of the agreement.

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