Microcassette

Microcassette Conversion Service

EachMoment converts Microcassettes to digital and CD in their thousands every year. Like compact cassettes, Microcassettes can remain in peak condition for 30 years if stored properly. However, even when stored in optimum conditions, Microcassettes can still experience 10%-20% signal loss through magnetic decay over as little as 10-25 years depending how they were manufactured. Consequently, if you own any Microcassettes containing your favourite music or your treasured home recordings, they could lose much of their quality or even disappear entirely.

How we convert microcassette to digital audio files

Our digitisation process:

  1. There are 2 things we need from you to get the ball rolling: order a Memory Box and choose an output format. This lets us know how much you need to digitise and how you’d like your digital files returned you. We have a selection of size options for Memory Boxes and 4 options for output format.
  2. We’ll send out your Memory Box kit for delivery and the kit will be with you the next working day.
  3. The pack arrives with you and you fill the box with your microcassettes (chuck everything in there and we’ll do it in one batch: video tapes, cassettes, pictures, negatives, the list goes on…).
  4. We arrange tracked collection from your home and delivery to our offices.
  5. We undertake careful cleaning of each cassette prior to digitisation. After years or decades of storage, they get dusty and can even grow mouldy, so we clean them before putting them through our machines.
  6. We use broadcast-quality cassette players to playback and digitise each cassette. Domestic standard players and USB converters often produce a low quality conversion and are sometimes prone to chewing up tapes, resulting in those precious memories disappearing forever. The tape decks used by EachMoment provide better sound quality than a USB cassette converter as they allow for adjusting the bias – used to get the highest output, the best high frequency response and the lowest distortion – for both chrome and metal tapes.
  7. Once the cassette is converted into a digital file, its quality is assessed and re-mastered if necessary. ‘Hiss’ is reduced as much as possible and dynamics processing software is applied to improve sound quality and loudness.
  8. The newly created mp3 files are transferred to your chosen output format.
  9. We return all your cassettes to you via tracked delivery, along with your CD or USB, or we’ll email you with a link to the digital album if you chose the Cloud option.

Why should I digitise my microcassettes?

The sooner you transfer your Microcasssettes to digital and CD the better. Transferring your Microcassettes to digital and CD protects your cherished music and audio recordings that are encased in your dying Microcassettes. As well as liberating tonnes of storage space, you can put your trust in a format that will never degrade and won’t put your cherished memories at risk. Converting Microcassettes to digital and CD also allows you to revive your old music or recordings by re-listening on your computer, laptop or your mobile, so you can take your musical memories with you wherever you go.

The best way to convert microcassettes to digital mp3 and CD

Converting Microcassettes individually is tricky, unreliable and uses hard to come by equipment. Not only does EachMoment use the highest resolution conversion equipment, far surpassing the low-quality conversions you get with often expensive consumer-grade equipment, we will also clean your Microcassettes beforehand to ensure they are restored for improved playback in your Microcassette player – if you own one. Converting your Microcassettes to digital and CD and protecting them against the sands of time really is too easy to let pass. If you have any Microcassette tapes or any old video, photo or audio formats that you’d like preserved on CD or digital which are accessible on your smartphone, TV and computer, we will collect them from your doorstep, convert them to digital and return them to you in one of our Memory Boxes, ready to be gifted or kept personally for years to come.

Why wait? Convert your microcassettes to digital now!

Once these steps are complete, your Microcassette is fully converted to digital and CD, giving your audio a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive your newly restored audio memories. Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift. 

A Brief History of Microcassettes

The Microcassette is an audio format developed by Olympus in 1969. Although they use the same width of tape as their predecessor, the compact cassette, a Microcassette is half the size but offers similar recording time. Although Microcassettes were mainly used in dictation and answering machines, they were also used in the recording of music and were popular amongst concert and festival goers as they offered a more discrete method of recording compared to bulkier compact cassettes. Olympus tried to cash in on the emerging Walkman market with their SR-11 microcassette player but failed to effectively rival the hugely popular Phillips cassette Walkman and were slowly phased out. Microcassettes, however, are still used in underground and experimental music circles because of their lo-fi qualities and are still produced worldwide by a handful of manufacturers.

 

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