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Audio Reels to Digital

After waiting over two months for Legacybox to digitize some old Reel to Reel audio tapes, they told me they were not playable. I took the tapes to Video MVP and they said they did not see a problem. About a week Later I got a Flash Drive from Video MVP with about 3 Hours of Audio.

Jay E. - Kokomo, IN   

Reel-to-reel to Digital

1. Digitizing includes:

  • Audio cleaning to remove tape hiss
  • Choice of WAV or MP3 files
  • Custom file names (one per reel)
  • No minimum order
  • Starting at $35 per reel

2. What would you like back?

  • Cloud Delivery - $12    Recommended
  • USB Drive (3.0 speed) - $12
  • CD - $8 per reel
Delivery Options

Details: Includes reels 3-5 inches in diameter (1/4" tape). Reels 6-7 inches are $50 per reel. Other reel sizes have different rates. Reels over 80 minutes will require an additional CDs due to format limits. We offer quick turnaround times and expedited orders are accepted when you need it fast.

Video MVP Difference

No Hidden Fees

All our pricing is upfront. We'll give you an estimate when we get your order. If something comes up, we will contact you.

In-House Digitization

All transfer work is done here in our Indianapolis office. Your audio reels stay here for conversion to digital file and CD. We offer quick turnarounds on most services.

Audio Cleaning

Using audio software, we "clean" your audio to reduce and remove the hiss and hum of old audio reels to improve the quality of your final audio. This cleaning process is done at no extra cost.

Audio Tracks (optional)

In our standard transfer, we will create a file for each side of your reel. For music, you can also choose to have us create an individual file for each song (additional cost). There has to be silence between songs for this option.

WAV / MP3 Files, or CD

Your final files can be WAV or MP3. WAV files are standard as they are uncompressed, higher quality, and a better choice if you plan to edit. MP3 files have a smaller file size. Of course if you prefer a CD, we can create that too.

Custom File Names and CD Printing

Lastly, we will custom name your files based on the labels on your reels or whatever title you like. For CDs, we will print your title on the face of the disc. There's no additional charge for custom file names or printing.

I wanted to get back with you and thank Video MVP for a great job on the recent dubbing of three 7" reel-to-reel tapes to .wav files. Much better job and service than my experience with "brand X". Files that came back were complete, clear, everything was labeled how I requested, and the turn-around time was very reasonable. Plus real communication from a person instead of canned replies from a call service.

Mark L. - Fort Wayne, IN   

How long are reel-to-reel tapes?

There are a variety of reel sizes and recording speeds. The most common sizes are 3 inches to 7 inches in diameter, however, we can transfer reels up to 10.5 inches (NAB) reels. Recording speeds of 3 3/4 ips (inches per second), 7 1/2 ips, and 15 ips are common. Here's a chart that breaks it all down. No need to figure it out though! We'll digitize whatever is on your reel and transfer it to the format you want.

Reel Size (length) 1 7/8 ips 3 3/4 ips 7 1/2 ips 15 ips
3" (150 feet) 16 min. 8 min. 4 min. 2 min.
5" (600 feet) 64 min. 32 min. 16 min. 8 min.
7" (1200 feet) 128 min. 64 min. 32 min. 16 min.
10.5" (2400 feet) 256 min. 128 min. 64 min. 32 min.

Note: Table shows the total possible minutes per reel. The feet and lengths listed above are for common reels. Reels can be mono or stereo, and some reels can contain multiple recording speeds.

Audio Reel Conversion

Audio Reel-to-reel to Digital FAQs

The answer can vary depending on the size of the reel (which can range from 3 inches to 10.5 inches) and the recording speed. However, unless the person who made the recording noted the recording speed on the outside, you won't be able to tell the speed without playing it. Sometimes we find different recording speeds on the same tape. Check out the chart below for more info.

WAV files are the default option. They are higher quality than MP3 files. Also, WAV files are the better choice for archving and editing. WAV files are roughly 5x larger in file size than MP3 files. MP3 files are smaller in file size and sound nearly the same quality as WAV files to the average person.

There are two options. You can choose a Cloud Delivery or USB thumb drive. For Cloud Delivery, we will upload your files to a secure location and email you a link so you can download them to your computer. This link is private and temporary, but you can share the link with whoever you like. If you prefer a USB drive, we will copy your files to the drive and return it along with your media.

Unfortunately, no. To protect our customer's files and to maintain the security of our systems, we don't accept outside drives.

Yes. We can export your audio file into several different formats including WMA, OGG, M4A, and FLAC.

Audio CDs can hold up to 80 minutes. If your reel is longer, you may want to consider an audio file because there's no limit on an MP3 file. However, if you prefer CD and your content is longer than 80 minutes, then an extra CD will be required at an additional cost.

Yes, we give your reels back to you. We also offer the option to hold your media for 30 days. Many people who ship orders to us like this option to reduce return shipping costs. This allows them to review their conversions and then after 30 days, we will dispose/recycle the media.

If the reel breaks during playback, we'll splice it back together. If we notice a reel is having a lot of difficulty converting (shredding, breaking, audio distortion, etc.), we'll stop the conversion and consult with you before continuing.

For copyrighted material, we will convert it but we will only make one copy.

Of course! Place your order and get packing tips for your audio. When we receive it, we will give you an estimate and expected completion date. Need it done fast? Let us know your deadline and we'll do whatever we can to meet it.

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Audio Files and CD Comparison

Notes about Audio CDs

  • Audio CDs can only hold about 80 minutes.
  • For recorded music, CD tracks can be added if desired (additional cost).
  • For speech, we recommend one track for all the audio.
  • Audio CD files cannot be copied off and used. However, you can use software to rip the CD and create audio files.
  • CDs include a custom printed text on the disc face and a space-saving CD case.

They were wonderful the entire process. I had a reel to reel tape I had carried with me for 50 years. It had my deceased first husbands voice on it. I wanted to give it to my son so he could hear his fathers voice. He was only 18 months old when his dad died. They were very caring throughout the entire process. I highly recommend them!

Judy M. - Lennon, MI   

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