¼ inch Reel-to-reel digitisation - DAMsmart


Free your archives

¼ inch reel to reel tapes have been in use for decades, and like most decades-old storage media they’re getting more and more fragile with every passing day. Not only are these tapes at risk from environmental damage and physical deterioration, they’re also useless without machines to play them on – machines that aren’t getting any younger themselves.

DAMsmart, however, has a solution. Our digitisation process allows your organisation to transfer the commercially and culturally important contents of your ¼ inch reel-to-reel audio tape library to a secure, shareable digital medium.

Before it’s too late

With our audio digitisation services, your content will be transferred to a digital format that can be played on any digital device and shared across the internet, ensuring that they’ll never be lost as long as someone still wants them and making transferring to new backup media much easier.

Our digitisation systems include professional tape decks and analogue-to-digital converters. All of our systems and workflows have been developed and are operated in line with the recommendations from the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives’ TC-04 standard for audio preservation.

We offer a complete, scalable service, whether your collection consists of a single ¼ reel-to-reel tape or 10,000 of them. If your tapes have seen better days, we use best practice techniques to clean and refresh them, bringing your content to its best possible quality before it is digitised. Everything is done in-house.

Once the process is complete, your digital audio archive can be delivered in multiple file formats to address your needs of preservation and access.

Why DAMsmart?

“The State Library NSW engaged DAMsmart initially in 2014 for a pilot project digitising out at risk Oral History and Sound Recordings collection. DAMsmart not only demonstrated their excellent ability at professional standard digitisation for preservation but also where exceptional to work with. Due to the success of the pilot project the Library were pleased to engage DAMsmart for our mass digitisation project in 2015. This engagement required DAMsmart to digitise a large amount of collection material in a very short time frame. Not only did they effectively manage the high-risk project, they were excellent in demonstrating their abilities to meet our project reporting and risk management requirements they also produced an extremely low rate of errors, all of which were expected in this environment.

The high quality of services produced by DAMsmart in all areas of the relationship has given the library the confidence to continue to work with them. The team are professional and trusted, and I would recommend DAMsmart to anyone who is considering services of this nature.”

Scott Wajon Manager, Digitisation at State Library of NSW Download Case Study

The right team and track record

We have digitised thousands of hours of audio for a number of recognisable names, such as the State Library of NSW, AIATSIS, The Australian War Memorial and many more. We are also a preferred digitisation supplier to the National Archives. Put your ¼ reel-to-reel audio content in some of the most experienced hands in the industry.

Ready to save your ¼ Inch Reel-to-Reel collection?

Call us to today and start planning for the future of your content.

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To ensure the long-term survival, accessibility and profitability of the audiovisual content in your archive, contact DAMsmart today.

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