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Whether you're trying to save the perfect mix tape of your youth, the audio letter from Grandmom, a rare DJ Mix, or merely a hard-to-find gem only available on cassette, you'll enjoy them again and again as digitally remastered crystal-clear audio CD's for only $16 per cassette! We also have an MP3-only option and a new downloadable order form.
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It begins with a general inspection of the tape to check for damage, then it's run through a loosening cycle on our broadcast-quality cassette decks that are professionally maintained on a daily basis. The audio signal is digitized using our professional grade audio card before our audio engineers do some post-processing on the audio. We remove the inherent tape hiss, trim the tracks, amplify and even the levels before re-mastering it back onto redbook-audio CD's. Each CD gets marked with simple, easy-to-read identification, then stored in a paper sleeve.
Under Design was founded in 1992, working in many media forms integrating design into real-world applications. We have nearly 20 years of experience in digital recording, multi-media development, audio compression and digital encoding. We've added extensively to our audio processing hardware and assembled top-of-the-line equipment to ensure quality transfers at an affordable price. We create standards-compliant CD-R's with top-rated media to ensure a high-caliber and highly-compatible product.
For a while there, audio tapes were the way to easily distribute sound and music from peer to peer. While the internet may have replaced it, the information on those tapes is still precious, if not a dated reminder of the not-so-distant past. Save them for posterity on CD media sure to last 20+ years. Most manufacturers have discontinued production of blank tapes and tape equipment in 2007, so you know every cassette tape is now considered a relic, and plans should be made to archive important tapes!
If you have a massive project for your university, corporation, government agency or just an intricate order that requires a person, contact us here at Under Design and we'll be glad to help you out! We can handle all sorts of custom orders, and offer bulk discounts that fit your budget. You can also take a look at what some of our satisfied customers are saying about their new digital conversions! We love to provide local, personal service, so if you are in the center city Philadelphia, PA area, we're open weekdays from noon until 7pm for dropping off your digital conversion orders.
If your cassette tape snaps in two and the tape leads remain easily accessible, we'll fix the first tape snap for free. If your cassette tape is so damaged that it requires a donator cassette tape for parts (including re-closable shell casings, internal rollers, or playback tension rods), there will be a $5 charge for each repaired cassette. This includes tape leads that are retracted inside the (un-openable) welded plastic shell.
Jobs requiring repair will require an extended turnaround time as we order non-stock replacement parts. By submitting your damaged cassette tape for digital conversion to Under Design, you acknowledge that you are aware of these surcharges.
If we note blank areas separating tracks in your cassette tape recording, we'll include a track marker on the CD, too! No more fast-forwarding! We'll often set track markers just before a song begins in live show recordings, so you can jump right to your favorite song!
It's our standard practice with every cassette we convert for our customers: We run a post-recording audio filter on the recording to remove inherent tape hiss, leaving you with a clearer sounding recording! This can remove the white noise from most recordings, but will not magically fix poorly recorded tapes.
We're already big fans of the United States Postal Service and it's Media Mail rate. They've recently upgraded their internal computer systems to support Package Tracking, and now we include it as a standard feature with all of our Return Shipping. After we've shipped your job back to you, we'll email you a tracking number and instructions on how to monitor it's commute back to your home.
We use PayPal to doing our billing, because they accept all major credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover) and will collect your shipping address and email us once your payment is processed.
Afterwards, you can review our last-minute media packing instructions! All orders will get an email response from both PayPal and Under Design with 24 hours of ordering.
Please select which Cassette Tape Digital Conversion Package is right for you, then fill out the number of conversions you'll need, and click the big PayPal button to pay us securely with your credit card.
Download and print our PDF order form, which has all of our available digital conversion services (and simple flat-rate pricing) in one simple-to-use form. You can calculate return shipping costs and bulk discounts for a simple predictable estimate for your archiving project. Use our order form for:
Simply pack our completed order form along with your media and ship it to us using the U.S. Postal Service's Media Mail rate, for the lowest shipping rates! We'll notify you by email once it arrives.