Cassette tape to CD
Happy Ireland can help you convert your audio cassette tape to CD or MP3. Compact Cassette tape is also known as “audio tape cassette” or just “cassette.” It consists of two miniature spools, between which a magnetically coated plastic tape is passed and wound. By the mid-1970s the 8-track tape had lost its popularity. Most of all because the audio quality of cassette tapes had increased. That was thanks to Dolby noise reduction technology, and also because of improved types of tape. Originally the cassette tapes were designed for dictation tape machines. However, the audio from vinyl LP records and the radio could also be recorded onto the tapes. Its status reached its peak when the Sony Walkman was invented in the 1980s allowing music to be fully portable.
We convert cassette tape to CD or MP3 by placing it in a studio quality Hi-Fi cassette deck. That’s connected to a high-end amplifier and graphic equaliser. This is then fed into a top-of-the-line computer sound card, and we enhance the audio using professional sound editing software. Happy Ireland will convert cassette to CD but also do cassette restoration. Thereby we carefully extract the audio from your audio cassette tapes by converting them to CD or MP3 so that you can rediscover your old music or voice recordings. We improve the quality of the recording by removing background noise and interference. We then balance, enhance and master the sound, before burning the audio to CD or MP3.
The time it takes to transfer cassette to CD or MP3 depends on the length of your cassette tape. It typically takes 30 to 45 minutes of audio per side (C60 and C90 formats respectively); less common capacities included C15, C20, C30, C40, C46, C50, C74, C100, C110, C120, C150, and C180.
When we transfer the cassette tape to CD, it will play on your CD player or computer and will feature a track list for each side of the tape. Each CD can accommodate up to one hour and twenty minutes.
We can convert tape to MP3 or WAV (for Windows) and AIFF (for MAC). Each tape side will be saved as an individual audio file. The files will be ready to play on your computer or laptop and are ideal for storage, or for importing into your computer editing software to create your own CDs.
8 Track Tape
Happy Ireland provides 8 track conversion as well as 8 track repair. But first, let’s take a little trip down memory lane and look back at how it all started. 8-track tape was a sound recording technology using magnetic tape housed in a plastic case. It had eight parallel soundtracks corresponding to four stereo programs. It became popular mainly in America in the 1960s and 1970s until compact cassettes took over.
8-track tape is also known as stereo 8 tape, or eight-track cartridge/tape. The original developers were Lear Jet, the Ampex Magnetic Tape Company, and RCA Records. Ford Motors championed them and offered 8-track players in their 1966 model cars. Initially only as car accessories. The introduction of the home players was a year later.
With today’s technology, however, we can convert and transfer the music from old 8-track tapes to the modern compact disc or MP3. Therefore, making it easier to enjoy the music from the old tapes. Included in our services are bot the 8 track tape repair service as well as the latest 8 track conversion techniques.
We will carefully extract the audio from your 8-track tapes and convert them to CD or MP3 so that you can rediscover your old music or voice recordings.
A microcassette tape has the same tape size as an audio cassette tape but with a smaller casing. Microcassettes were mainly used for voice recordings. Most of all because of their size and sensitivity to the frequency band of the human voice. Consequently, they were ideal for use in dictation and answering machines. This format is still available to buy. However, most dictation tape machines are now digital, and many smartphones have inbuilt voice recorders. Furthermore, the size of the microcassette tape limits the recording time.
Like with most tape formats, the more you replay them the more the tape is susceptible to damage. Convert your old microcassette tape recordings to CD so that you have many tapes on one disc, and can listen to them time and again.
Microcassette tape transfers to CD will play on your CD player or computer. Each side of the tape will feature a tracklist and every CD can accommodate up to one hour and twenty minutes.
Microcassette tape transfers to WAV (for Windows), AIFF (for MAC) or MP3. We will save each tape side as an individual audio file. The files will be ready to play on your computer or laptop and are ideal for storage. In addition, you can also import them into your computer editing software to create your own CDs.