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Convert Mini Cassette to Digital

The Mini-cassette, developed by Phillips in 1967, is a magnetic tape audio cassette which was produced primarily for dictation and telephone answering machines. Unlike compact cassettes and Microcassettes, Mini-cassettes were never widely used as a format for recording music but were popular in professional industries like journalism for transcription. 

How we convert mini cassettes to digital

Our digitisation process:

  1. Place an order with one of our popular Memory Box digitising kits and then select your chosen output – CD, USB or digital album.
  2. Your digitising kit will arrive the next day and you simply put the box together, fill it with your cassette tapes and we’ll organise a collection. You can include other old tapes, cassettes and pictures too if you want and we’ll do it all in one go.
  3. We track the delivery to our office.
  4. Before converting to digital, it is essential to deep clean cassette tapes using a two pass wet/dry method. Cleaning tapes, a common consumer-grade method of tape restoration, are available for cassettes but are often unreliable and can damage tapes even further. At EachMoment, every single tapecassette or photo is assessed and cleaned on a case by case basis using bespoke cleaning methods.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The newly created mp3 files are transferred to your chosen output format.
  8. 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 convert my mini cassettes to digital?

EachMoment still converts Mini-cassettes to digital and CD in their thousands every year. Like compact cassettes, Mini-cassettes can remain in top condition for up to 30 years if stored properly. However, even when stored in the best conditions, Mini-cassettes can still experience 10%-20% signal loss through magnetic decay over as little as 10-25 years depending on their manufacturer. If you own any Mini-cassettes containing your treasured home recordings, they could lose much of their quality or even disappear entirely.

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Although Mini-cassettes are, well, mini, our customers often tell us they are pleased to have liberated some extra space in their cupboards and cabinets, no matter how small. Above all, by converting Mini-cassettes to digital and CD you can feel secure in the knowledge that your memories are protected by a format that will never degrade and won’t put your recordings at risk. Converting Mini-cassettes to digital and CD also allows you to relive your old recordings by re-listening on your computer, laptop or your mobile, so you can take your memories with you wherever you go.

The best way to convert mini cassettes to digital

Converting Mini-cassettes individually can be complicated, unreliable and often uses hard to find 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 Mini-cassette tapes beforehand to ensure they are restored to the highest quality for digital playback or in your Mini-cassette player – if you own one. Converting your Mini-cassettes to digital and CD and protecting them against the sands of time really is too easy to let pass. If you have any Mini-cassette tapes or any old videophoto 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? Digitise your mini cassettes now!

Once these steps are complete, your Mini-cassette 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. 

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