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Convert Cassette to Digital

Your old audio cassette tapes might still have a lot of life left in them, but maybe you no longer have a cassette player or tape deck.

Convert your audio cassettes to digital formats in two simple steps and they'll last another lifetime (or longer)!

As well as digital audio files, you can also convert your cassettes to CD or cassettes to USB.

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How cassette tape conversion works..

Our cassette to digital transfer process is simple, reliable, and trusted by thousands of happy customers

Step 1

Send them

After you order, we'll email you to arrange a courier collection. If you'd rather send your audio cassettes directly, we'll also explain how to post them to us in North Yorkshire.

Step 1

Save them

We'll let you know as soon as we receive your cassette tapes. Our specialists will carefully begin work to preserve and digitise your memories.

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Savour them

You'll get an email when we've sent your digital versions (and your original cassettes) back to you. After that, it's over to you to enjoy your old memories made new!

You'll always know where your cassettes are, when we're working on them, and when you can expect to get them back.

What type
of conversion
should you
order?

How to choose the right
cassette tape conversion.

Your cassettes transferred to a memory stick. Plug in to your computer (or any other device with a USB port) and you can play, save, and copy your digital files.


What you get
All your tapes on one memory stick
What to order
You only need to order one USB to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Listening on the computer

Your cassettes converted to CD. You'll be able to play it on any CD player, DVD player, or other disc drive.


What you get
Your audio on at least one disc
What to order
You only need to order one CD set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Listening on the stereo, in the car, or on the computer.
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Cassette Tape to Digital

Your cassette tapes digitised and stored online. We'll upload your files to the cloud and send you a private access link, so you can stream and download with no limits.


What you get
Your audio cassettes converted to digital audio files
What to order
You only need to order one cloud backup link to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Sharing far and wide

What you can expect from us.

Your memories are irreplaceable - this is how we'll take care of them

Free blanks

Free blanks

You'll never have to pay for sending blank cassettes. If we find any blanks in your order, we'll refund them ASAP.
Free return

Free return

Your originals are priceless. We'll send them back to you free of charge along with your conversions.
Free repairs

Free repairs

Our technicians can fix most problems and will always try their best to repair any damaged media you send us.
Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts

More conversions, more savings! You can get up to 30% off, depending on how many cassette tapes you're converting.
Quality equipment

Quality equipment

The best conversions are made using the best equipment. What else would you expect us to use for your memories?
Real-time updates

Real-time updates

You'll be updated via email when your order arrives and again when it is sent back to you. You can check on the status of your order at any time using our real-time order tracker.

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The simple way to
convert cassette tapes to digital.

Whether it's your teenage band's first album, a chat with a grandparent, or another precious memory stored on cassette, old recordings are worth keeping alive.

Cassette tapes deteriorate over time, which means the quality of their recordings - and the memories they contain - can fade.

Converting audio cassettes to digital formats restores and preserves those memories, but it isn't a quick or easy job. In fact, it needs some specific equipment and skills.

Digitising cassette tapes is the perfect way to preserve those precious memories and relive them.

We're proud to help people beat the technical trap of converting their old media and keep their memories alive. With many thousands of hours of audio cassette conversions under our belt, your old cassettes are in safe hands.

We'd love to preserve more memories. Would you?

Examples of our audio cassette tape conversions.

Denoising

If you've ever recorded on cassette, you will have had to accept that plenty of hums, crackles, and hisses would end up in your recording. Our technicians have tools and techniques that can cut all these unwanted noises down significantly.

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Equalisation and levelling

One of the main ways cassettes deteriorate is through changes in their ‘signal strength’. You’ll know this has happened if the volume or bass changes from section to section. We can level this inconsistency out and restore the audio to its former glory.

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FAQs

Q. What equipment do I need to convert my cassette tapes to digital?
To convert cassette tapes to digital, you'll need a high quality cassette player or deck with a reliable playback mechanism. Additionally, you require a computer with an audio input or a USB port, and a suitable cable to connect the two (usually a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable or a USB cable, depending on your cassette player's output options). Audio recording software on your computer, such as Audacity, which is free and user-friendly, is essential for capturing the audio.

While you can carry out DIY conversions, opting for a professional service like Digital Converters ensures higher quality results. We use specialised equipment and techniques that surpass the capabilities of standard home setups, making the process more cost-effective and efficient.
Q. How do I ensure the best sound quality during the conversion process?
To achieve the best sound quality, first, ensure that your cassette player's heads are clean and demagnetised. Use a high-quality cable to minimise signal loss and interference during the transfer. Set the correct recording levels on your software to avoid clipping or low volume. Also, choose a lossless digital format like WAV or FLAC for your output file to preserve the audio quality.

However, achieving optimal sound quality requires professional-grade equipment and expertise. At Digital Converters, we use advanced hardware and software to ensure the highest fidelity. This is often challenging to replicate at home due to the technical nuances and quality limitations of consumer-grade equipment.
Q. Can I edit the audio after converting my cassette tapes?
Yes, once the audio is digitised, you can edit it using audio editing software. You can trim unwanted parts, adjust volume levels, apply noise reduction to reduce hiss or background noise, and even enhance the overall sound quality. While personal editing is possible, professional services such as ourselves offer advanced editing options. We can enhance audio quality, remove noise, and make other improvements that might be beyond the scope of standard editing software available to consumers.
Q. What file format should I save my digital audio in?
It depends on your needs. For archival purposes or highest quality, save in a lossless format like WAV or FLAC. These formats retain all the audio data from your tapes but result in larger file sizes. If you need a more manageable file size, consider MP3 or AAC formats, which are compressed but still offer good quality for everyday listening.
Q. How much storage space will I need for the digital files?
Storage space requirements vary depending on the chosen file format and the length of the audio. For example, a WAV file can take about 10 MB per minute, so a 60-minute tape could require around 600 MB. Compressed formats like MP3 are much smaller, typically around 1-2 MB per minute.
Q. Is it legal to convert my cassette tapes to digital?
Yes, it is legal to convert your own cassette tapes to digital for personal use. However, distributing the digitised content or using it for commercial purposes without the proper rights or permissions is illegal. It is for these reasons that we cannot convert any commercial material for you.
Q. Can I convert cassette tapes that are damaged or very old?
Yes, but the quality of the conversion depends on the condition of the tape. Tapes that are physically damaged or have deteriorated significantly over time may produce poor quality audio.

While you can attempt to convert such tapes at home, our professional services are particularly beneficial for damaged or old tapes, as we have the expertise and equipment to handle and potentially restore them, ensuring the best possible outcome.
Q. How long does it take to convert a cassette tape to digital?
The conversion process is typically done in real-time. This means a 60-minute tape will take about 60 minutes to convert. However, additional time may be needed for setting up, editing, and encoding the digital files. While the process is real-time for DIY, our professional setup allows for more efficient handling of multiple tapes, saving you time and ensuring consistent quality across all conversions.
Q. Can I do batch conversions of multiple tapes at once?
This depends on your equipment setup. If you have multiple cassette players and sufficient inputs on your computer, you can record from several tapes simultaneously. However, this also requires careful monitoring and coordination, as well as the additional cost of having multiple tape decks.

At Digital Converters, we specialise in batch conversions, efficiently handling multiple tapes simultaneously with uniform quality, a feat challenging to achieve with a home setup.
Q. What can cause issues during the tape-to-digital conversion process?
Common issues include dirty or malfunctioning tape heads, poor-quality cables, incorrect recording levels, and software glitches. It's important to start with well-maintained equipment and to test your setup before proceeding with the full conversion. Our professional service minimises these risks, using state-of-the-art equipment and expertise.
Q. Should I clean my cassette tapes before converting them?
While you cannot clean the tape itself like a vinyl record, ensuring that the tape player's heads are clean is crucial. This helps in maintaining sound quality and preventing damage to the tape.

We handle all aspects of the conversion process, including the cleaning and maintenance of tapes, ensuring optimal quality which can be challenging to achieve at home.
Q. How can I label and organise my digital files effectively?
We recommend creating a consistent naming scheme for your files, such as “Artist - Album - Track Number - Track Title”. Organise the files in folders by artist or album. Adding metadata like artist, album, and genre in the file properties can also be helpful for organisation. Our professional service includes comprehensive labelling and organisation of your digital files, saving you time and ensuring easy accessibility, which can be a cumbersome task to do individually.
Q. Can I enhance the audio quality of my tapes during conversion?
Yes, to some extent. Using audio editing software, you can apply filters to reduce noise, equalise the audio to enhance certain frequencies, and adjust the overall volume. However, the extent to which you can improve the audio depends on the original quality of the tape recording, your equipment and level of skill. Some ageing and wear-and-tear effects on cassette tapes cannot be completely reversed, but digital enhancement can significantly improve the listening experience.

Audio enhancement is a key benefit of our service. We use professional-grade tools to improve audio quality, a level of enhancement difficult to achieve with home equipment.
Q. How can I ensure the conversion process doesn't lose any data?
To prevent data loss, ensure that your recording levels are set correctly - not too high to avoid clipping, and not too low to avoid losing detail. Also, use reliable software and save your recordings in a lossless format initially, such as WAV or FLAC.

Our professional process is designed to prevent data loss, ensuring a level of reliability and quality that might not be achievable through DIY methods.
Q. Is it better to use a professional service for converting tapes to digital?
Using a professional service like Digital Converters can offer advantages, especially for those with a large number of tapes or tapes that are in poor condition. Professionals have high-quality equipment and expertise to ensure the best possible conversion and can handle repairs and cleaning of tapes.
Q. How can I transfer the digital files to my mobile device?
Once your tapes are converted and saved in a digital format, you can transfer these files to your mobile device using a USB cable, cloud storage, or media management software like iTunes. With our service, we ensure that your files are compatible with various devices and can offer personalised assistance in transferring files, a convenience that goes beyond the DIY approach.