audio archiving and restoration services

Craig S.

Have had an unbelievable experience with CAW so. Bringing a dead project from 2003 roaring back to life in 2020! Amazing! Thank you Stewart!

Craig S.

Joe R.

Fast turnaround and superior work. Any of you musicians with archived analog tape want them converted to wav for mixing, “CAW” is the place to go. Highly Recommended! Terrific Job…

Joe R.

The Sony F1 digital transfers worked out superbly.  It has been 34 years since I have heard those songs and I was surprised at how good they were way back when.  What a great set of musicians I got to work with.   Thank you once again.

Jim S.

Analog & Digital Tape Transfer

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Our Philosophy

Every audio artifact is unique and deserves the respect and attention of a skilled audio archival engineer.

ADAT Transfer

Analog Reel-To-Reel, Cassette and Digital Tape Transfer

Quality is important to us at Creative Audio Works, and a superior audio tape transfer service of analog reel-to-reel, cassette tape, and digital tape conversion starts with state-of-the-art equipment. All our machines are calibrated regularly and kept in excellent working condition.

 

We transfer all ¼” analog reel-to-reel tapes to High-resolution 24-bit/96kHz WAV files

This includes any of the following tape head formats:

¼” Mono
¼” Stereo
¼” Quarter track stereo (4 track)
¼” 4-track
¼” 8-track, 7.5 ips and 15 ips, Tascam and Fostex

 

We transfer all cassette formats to High-resolution 24-bit/96kHz WAV files

The following cassette tape formats are supported:

Mono Cassette                                               DAT   
Stereo Cassette                                             ADAT (Alesis) 
Micro and mini dictation Cassette              DA88 (Tascam, Studer)
4-track Cassette
8-track, Cassette

¼” Eight Track Reel-To-Reel and Eight Track Cassette Transfer

We also support Fostex ¼” inch 8 track reel-to-reel recordings made on R8, and M80 decks, Tascam 388 decks as well as Tascam 238, 488, and 688 cassette decks.

 

We can transfer reel-to-reel tapes recorded at the following speeds:

1 ⅞” or 1.875 inches per second (ips), (4.76 cm per second)
3 ¾” or 3.75 inches per second (ips), (9.525 cm per second)
7.5 inches per second (ips), (19.05 cm per second)
15 inches per second (ips), (38.1 cm per second)
30 inches per second (ips), (76.2 cm per second)

½” Eight Track Reel-To-Reel Transfer

Creative Audio Works audio tape transfer service can transfer ½” analog eight-track reel-to-reel tape with or without DBX noise reduction to hi-resolution (96k/24bit) digital audio files. We use a custom head arrangement crafted by John French of JRF Magnetics. In this setup, the erase and record heads are replaced with rollers to reduce drag and pitch fluctuations (wow and flutter).

Digital Audiotape transfer

Creative Audio Works can convert digital audio formats such as Digital Audio Tape (DAT), Tascam DA88, Alesis ADAT M20, Sony PCM F1, 501, 601, 710, and Nakamichi DMP-100 to digital audio files. DAT, ADAT, DA88, and Sony PCM F1 are now unused these days, but Creative Audio Works can transfer to .wav files ready for you to remix your masterpieces. Depending on your preference, these can be supplied on a hard drive/thumb drive or posted to our server for download.

This recording is the group Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, a live performance performed at the North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly MA., on September 18, 1987. Originally recorded on a Sony PCM 501 modified with Apogee ADDA converters.

Reel-to-reel and cassette repair

Reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and microcassettes can experience physical damage. They can snap, pull out from the end of one spool hub, or become wrapped around a part of the player’s transport. We have the tools to repair these problems and minimize any loss of original recording.

We can also repair broken, tangled, and poorly stored open reel tapes

Sticky Tape Syndrome

From the late 1970s onward, Tapes may suffer from “sticky tape syndrome,” caused by the deterioration of the binders in the magnetic tape. Careful, slow heating, a technique referred to as “tape baking,” is necessary to reverse this problem. Creative Audio Works offers an all-in-one package that includes tape baking, using our Fisher Scientific incubator, and transfer to digital files.

Reviews of our Audio Transfer work

Craig S.

Have had an unbelievable experience with CAW so. Bringing a dead project from 2003 roaring back to life in 2020! Amazing! Thank you Stewart!

Joe R.

Fast turnaround and superior work. Any of you musicians with archived analog tape want them converted to Broadcast modern waves for manipulation, “CAW” is the place to go. Highly Recommended! Terrific Job…

Michael Cusumano

I would highly recommend creative audio works to preserve your old reel recordings.  From shipping to communication to the flawless finished product, they were a pleasure to deal with.  Good price. Fast turnaround too!  I just got back a little of my youth.  Thank you!

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Studio Location

15 Bay Colony Drive
Plymouth, MA 02360