Audio Transfer Services

Masterpiece Multimedia provides audio transfer services at its stores in Malvern and Bala Cynwyd, Pa. We transfer audio to CD or file by converting from vinyl and wax records, reel-to-reel audio tape, 8-track tape, audio cassette tape, microcassette, minicassette and CD ripping.

We understand that audio formats both old and new can be confusing and frustrating. We are here to help guide you through the transfer process. You will receive your media back just as you give it to us. Our prices are based on a combination of starting and ending media type as well as volume. Because there are so many variables in pricing, it is best to give us a call.

Our audio transfer services include transferring from the following formats:

Records
Reel to Reel Audio Tape
8-Track
Audio Cassette
Micro Cassette and Mini Cassette
CD Ripping

FAQ for Audio Transfer

How much time fits on a CD?

Recordable audio CD’s hold up to 80 minutes of audio.  Data CD’s can hold 700 MB of storage.  You can put a few hundred MP3 audio files on a 700 MB data CD or a few thousand MP3 files on a data DVD.

What kind of audio tapes/media can you transfer?

We are able to transfer reel-to-reel audio tape, Audio Cassettes, Minicassettes, Microcassettes, LP/Vinyl records, 8-track cassettes and a variety of audio file formats to CD or Audio Files (.wav, MP3, etc.)

Which files formats can you create?

Most common audio files are .WAV or .MP3.

MP3 files are recognized by programs like iTunes and portable devices and are the most popular.  However, many home audio systems use .FLAC files for high quality playback.  We are able to create dozens of audio formats depending on your needs.

Can you do any enhancing to damaged/low audio?

Depending on the media type and extent of the problem, we may be able to fix them or enhance the audio.  Limitations exist and sometimes we need to see teh media and try it to know what can be done.

What is the turnaround time?

Most audio projects are able to be completed in 1-2 weeks, often times less for small projects.  This depends on our workload that tends to vary.

Records

The Phonograph dates back to 1877. The modern day electric record player came about in 1940 after early versions as early as the late 1920s.

Records have come in a variety of different materials and sizes.

Our record players will play in the standard modern day speeds of 33 ⅓ , 45 & 72.

We record the audio into a computer as a .WAV file.

We can then produce a audio CD or provide you with a number of different file types including popular MP3.

Reel to Reel Audio Tape

Dating back to as early as the 1920s, audio tape took to the commercial world in the 1930s and consumer world in the late 1940s.

Audio is written (recorded) onto magnetic tape and played on a reel to reel player.

Our players can play standard, Mono, stereo and 2 sided reels in speeds of  7 ½,  3 ¾ &  1 ⅞.

We record the audio into a computer as a .WAV file.

We can then produce a audio CD or provide you with a number of different file types including popular MP3.

8-Track

8-Track tape is actually reel to reel magnetic tape that was manufactured into a cassette rather than on a reel.

Coming into the consumer world at the height of the musical revolution [1960s], these tapes became popular.

The radio broadcast industry also embraced the 8-track for ease of recording and playback of commercials and news reports.

These tapes are looping and play in a simple player.

We record the audio into a computer as a .WAV file.

We can then produce a audio CD or provide you with a number of different file types including popular MP3.

Audio Cassette

The audio cassette player was originally designed to be put in cars in the late 1960s. It was first installed in cars in 1968, but took a few years to take off. Once it did, it became the most popular format of audio recording, lasting more than three decades as a premier way to purchase commercial music and record your own audio. We record the audio into a computer as a .WAV file. We can then make an audio CD or provide you with a number of different file types, including the popular MP3.

Micro Casette and Mini Cassette

MicroCassette & MiniCassette were actually developed in the late 1960s around the same time as standard cassette, however neither took off commercially.  That is until the personal voice recorders and dictation machines came around in late 1970s and answering machines in the 1980s.

We record the audio into a computer as a .WAV file.

We then produce a audio CD or provide you with a number of different file types including popular MP3.

CD Ripping

MP3 players and computer music storage was introduced in the late 1990s and exploded in early 2000s.

Consumers were left with hundreds of CDs in their library.  CD Ripping one disc at a time can be very time consuming. Our automated machine will Rip hundreds of CDs in a single day.

We can rip to .WAV, .MP3, .AAC, .FLAC and more.

Your music library on CD will have embedded information such as album title, artist and song name.  The ripping process will capture this info called metadata and will organize all of your files with this information.

Programs like iTunes and other MP3 players will recognize this and automatically organize your music.

For Your Convenience We Sell Flash Drives & Hard Drives

When creating files, as a convenience to our customers, we offer Scandisc Flash Drives and Toshiba Hard Drives available for purchase at less then MSRP.

However, you can provide us with your media storage drive at no extra cost.