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Imagine gathering the whole family together around the tree this Christmas, sipping hot chocolate or eggnog in front of the fire, the voices of Great-Grandma and Grandpa telling the story of your family as they were living it back in 1962. Now, that would be an unforgettable tradition to add to the annual viewing of “A Christmas Story” and “Miracle on 34th Street!”

No need to venture into the deepest, darkest, most forgotten recesses of your home to locate that TEAC Reel to Reel Player (which may no longer work, or may not even be there!). You only need to hunt down that box of Reel-to-Reel tapes or Audio Cassettes so you can Pack them up for custom digitizing by Legacy Media Digital! As soon as we get them, we’ll put in the hard work so you can reap the kudos from the whole family. Just picture their surprise and delight at hearing a digitally mastered recording of their loved ones’ voices!  Be sure to upgrade to optional Thumb Drives so they can receive their very own copy of the recording as a gift!

Whatever format of audio material you manage to unearth, we can get it in ship-shape digital format so you can easily enjoy it on your modern audio equipment. Your recordings will be digitally mastered and loaded to CD & optional Flash Drives.

We always handle your Audio Recordings with care, because we know what a priceless treasure your family history is. Your great-grandparents, grandparents, your parents, or maybe you! Put in a lot of effort to make audio recordings at a time when they were the only affordable recording media available. But it’s not just about preserving stoic family records. Imagine the fun it will be to hear your dad protesting Aunt Nelda’s infamous cheek pinches when he was 8 years old, or his sister explaining the finer points of changing Sissy's diaper.

All you have to do is dig out that box of Audio Reels and Cassettes to include in your order with Legacy Media Digital!  

Audio Cassettes

Audio cassettes are well known by anyone who was born before Prince started partying like it was 1999. Did you ever have a Walkman or a Talkboy? Then you remember the great analog sound a cassette could have. A standard from the 80’s through the end of the 90’s, cassettes were also the foundation of the most popular courting ritual of all time: The Mixtape.

Many of us witnessed the moment audio cassettes were immortalized by Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything. Even if you weren’t planning a trench coat, over-the-head, boom-box, emo moment, audio cassettes were hugely convenient. Cassettes were easily available and able to store all of our music and recordings so we could take them with us anywhere. While the much more expensive CD’s were available toward the end of the audio cassettes’ life cycle, many people still opted for the convenience (and the romantic possibilities!) of the cassette.

As it happens, many people got rid of their old audio equipment when they upgraded to newer technology. But without a cassette player, what becomes of the memories hidden away in those audio cassettes? Similar to Reel to Reel audio, cassettes are on magnetic tape. Over time the magnetism of the tape wears off, resulting in a loss of the recording. As the days go by, those small plastic cases on your bookshelves will be reduced to nothing more than a collection of dust bunny shanty towns.

It doesn’t have to be this way! You can save them all! Your cassettes can be easily, efficiently, and affordably transferred digital and loaded onto CD. Would MP3 files be useful as well? Then be sure to upgrade to the optional Flash Drives at checkout! 

Audio Reels

Audio reels, or Reel-to-Reel audio, was invented around the same time that the classic literature from your High school reading list was being written: The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, etc. (Yep, that was about a hundred years ago!) Here are a few interesting facts about the amazing, century old technology of audio reels:  

  • Steel tape was the first version of reel to reel.  It was developed in the 1920’s in Germany . Since then the format has been done mostly on magnetic tape, and that is the format that we encounter for home use.
  • Audio reels were also used for a very long period of time by radio stations for commercials and inserts.
  • Bing Crosby popularized the usage of audio reels, and many audio aficionados prefer the warm sound that they contain.
  • Over the years we, at Legacy Media Digital, have discovered that audio reels were not only used for commercials and songs, the format was also used as a way for people to communicate with their loved ones.

Many of our customers send us audio reels that contain stories, updates, and general communications between family members. Often, these family members would be off in a different country on military duty, or church mission, or business assignment, or pleasure trips. It was much more convenient to record a month’s worth of stories than it was to write them down in multiple letters. Audio reels were so popular that recordings were still being made even after the long distance call (aka. the forefather of the 3-digit area code) was invented.

Most people abandoned their audio reel players and recorders when the convenient and portable audio cassette recorders/players came out. These days, it is extremely difficult to find a reel to reel audio machine. Even if you spend hours, days and weeks scouring eBay, you’ll be lucky to find a device (which you cannot test before you buy) for $500 or more. On top of that, you have to make sure the player you get works for your particular tapes.

Audio Reels were produced in three recording speeds:

  • Slow - 1 ⅞
  • Medium - 3 ¾
  • Fast - 7 ½

Instead of going through all that, wouldn’t it be great if you could easily share your priceless recordings with your friends and family using today’s technology? How nice would it be to just download them to  iTunes or Windows Media Player, or add them to your kid’s MP3 player or iPod?

Da dana na! Faster than the fastest audio reel! More powerful than an internet auction! Able to leap a century of technology in a single bound! Yes, it’s Legacy Media Digital - strange audio and video restorers in Southern Utah with the powers and abilities to reclaim your irreplaceable memories and convert them to state of the art formats for future generations to enjoy!

It’s so easy! You send us your reels. We transfer them to digital then send your original reels and new digital CDs back to you. You put the new CDs or optional Flash Drive in your player or computer and press play. Then you and your relatives can just sit back, relax, and delight in the rediscovery of your family treasures.

Don’t wait any longer! Audio reels, just like film, can be susceptible to the damage of age. Luckily, Reel to Reel was a format that people took good care of due to the expense. But it’s still better to get the reels to us sooner than later. Over time the reels lose their magnetism, which is what holds the audio recordings onto the tape.  Our transfer process will leave you with a wonderful digital preservation of the current state of the reel. It is never too soon to preserve audio reels, and once you have done it, you won’t have to worry about any future degradation!

Our Technicians handle your reels with absolute care. We take pride and joy in rescuing your priceless family memories from dying technologies and giving them continued life for the future. As always, we highly recommend that you upgrade at checkout to optional Thumb Drives!  Your audio files will be converted into easy to use MP3 files, then loaded onto your Thumb Drive making them perfect for sharing and uploading to the cloud!