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Do you have a recorded message from a loved one, past or present, that you listen to often? Perhaps you have your baby’s heartbeat recorded or a much-played cassette that you want to preserve. At Envision, we specialize in audio conversion services that will ensure your special audio memories are there to listen to whenever the mood takes you. We can even work with vinyl and other legacy audio formats.
Did you know that your old audio formats could be at risk without you knowing it? Audio cassettes have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years, while vinyl records can degrade slightly with every play. If you have old reel-to-reel tapes, these usually have a life expectancy of between 10 and 30 years.
The reversible compact cassette tape debuted in 1962 and later superseded the 8-track, becoming the go-to format for audio playback. From 1970 to the new millennium, cassette tapes reigned supreme along with vinyl records as the top choices for music albums.
LP or “long play” vinyl records were popularized in the mid-20th century. Both 10 and 12 inch records are made from either virgin or recycled vinyl and became the standard format in the music industry after their introduction by Columbia in 1948.
Reel-to-reel audio was an inexpensive way to store voice recordings in the 20th century before cassette tapes arrived on the scene. Reels are ¼ inches thick, but come in different size diameters.
First introduced by Olympus in 1969, the microcassette was a smaller cassette tape used primarily for voice recording and answering machines. Each side of the tape held 30 minutes of audio, allowing it to hold music albums for playback on Walkman devices.
Digital recorders are handheld devices commonly used for interviews and note taking. While many modern digital recorders have USB interfaces, older models require recording the audio prior to creating a digital file.
Wire recordings are an analog type of audio that utilize steel wire to record audio signals magnetically. They were first introduced in the 19th century as the Telegraphone and supplanted by wax recording devices.
Mail Call Letterpack
Originally produced with the intention of sending a voice recording through the mail, the mail call letterpack was introduced in the late 60s by Smith Corona. With 3, 6 and 10 minute length cartridges, letterpacks were reusable and operated on an endless loop.
Digital Audio Tapes debuted in 1987 with the ability to store 120 minutes of 4mm tape. While a number of music albums were released on DAT, the popularity suffered due to its high cost.
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Let us transfer your favorite audio memories onto more durable and modern formats such as MP3 or CD. Once your audio has been digitized, it will be playable and shareable online and between compatible devices. That means you can send it to loved ones around the country. By transferring your audio to a more modern format, you will be extending its life and ensuring it can be played and shared for many generations to come.
If you have a cherished audio recording that you want to share with the world, our audio duplication services are the answer. Thanks to our expertise in all things audio, our fast turnaround and our high-quality services, you can put a smile on your loved ones’ faces every time they press the play button. From a child’s first words on cassette to sharing audio from a training class or seminar, we offer audio duplication for consumers and corporations alike.