Analogue formats, Digital formats, Audio and Video
Flood and Water Damaged tapes
Please make sure all damaged recording materials are kept in water and NOT dried out if you wish to preserve the contents.
Best practise is to soak damaged recordings in de-ionised water solution in a waterproof container.
Once you are ready to have your recordings transferred please contact
Sirensound Digital UK
for more help
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Quarter Inch Tape
A workhorse of the audio industry for nearly half a century, 1/4 inch (6mm) tape has declined rapidly in recent years with the production of tape decks and blank tapes coming to an end.
Because 1/4 inch tape was so successful for so long, audio archives across the world are filled with this format. Around 90% of ‘one-of-a-kind’ material in audio collections and over 50% of total audio archives including commercial recordings are estimated to be on 1/4 inch tape. Some of this material is on notoriously unstable acetate and other recordings may have been archived for more than forty years – ten years more than its life expectancy but still able to be transferred successfully. Furthermore, with the decline in 1/4 inch tape usage, playback equipment has become obsolete and numerous hours of material are now unplayable. Preserving and protecting these precious audio assets has become a major challenge for organisations all over the world and remain a challenge in the United Kingdom where our methodologies are endorsed by major organisations like the BFI, British Library Sound Archive and the J Krishnamurti Foundation Trust where I recently remastered almost 3000 recordings. Any and all analogue audio or analogue video tapes you may have are digitized correctly and accurately using cutting edge technology that sits behind older technologies in audio and audio_video archives. All digital audio remains synchronised to the one high grade reference clock and is distibuted throughout the facility. A video sync signal is also available for the video work.