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Convert Tape to MP3

Your old audio cassette tapes might well have some life left in them, but your tape deck might be long gone!

Convert your cassette tapes to MP3s in two simple steps and they’ll last another lifetime (or longer)!

Alternatively see our Cassettes to USB or Cassettes to CD pages if you'd prefer those formats.

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How to choose the right conversion for your cassette tapes..

Our cassette to MP3 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 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 MP3 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
digital conversion for you.

Your cassettes transferred to a USB 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 stick
What to order
You only need to order one memory stick 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 CD
What to order
You only need to order one CD set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Listening on the stereo
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Cassette Tape to MP3

Your cassette tapes converted to MP3 files. We’ll upload your MP3s to the cloud and send you a private access link, so you can stream and download with no limits.


What you get
Your conversions as MP3 audio files.
What to order
You only need to order one MP3 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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Thousands of people have trusted us with their memories already.
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The simple way to
convert cassette tapes to MP3.

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 MP3 restores and preserves those memories, but it isn’t a quick or easy job. In fact, it needs some specific equipment and skills.

Converting old audio cassettes to MP3 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 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 to MP3 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 is the process of converting cassette tapes to MP3?
Converting cassette tapes to MP3 involves digitising the analogue audio from the tapes. First, the cassette is played on a deck connected to a computer. Using audio conversion software, the analogue signal is then captured and converted into a digital format, commonly MP3. This process requires specific hardware, like a good-quality cassette player and an analogue-to-digital converter, as well as software to process the audio. At Digital Converters, we use high-end equipment and software to ensure the highest fidelity in the conversion process, which significantly improves the quality compared to DIY methods.
Q. Why convert cassette tapes to digital formats?
Cassette tapes degrade over time, with the risk of the magnetic tape becoming brittle and the sound quality deteriorating. Converting them to a digital format, like MP3, preserves the audio quality and ensures the content is saved for future generations. This digital format is also more versatile, allowing for easy sharing and storage. We at Digital Converters understand the sentimental value of these recordings, and our service focuses on preserving them in the highest quality possible.
Q. Can all cassette tapes be converted to MP3?
Most cassette tapes can be converted to MP3, including commercial music tapes and personal recordings. However, the final quality of the MP3 largely depends on the original tape's condition. Severely damaged or degraded tapes may pose challenges, but our experts at Digital Converters have experience in handling various conditions and can often salvage and restore audio that might be difficult for amateurs to convert.
Q. How long does it take to convert a cassette tape to MP3?
The time it takes to convert a cassette tape to MP3 can vary depending on the length of the tape and the conversion process's complexity. Real-time digitisation is a common method, meaning a 60-minute tape would take about an hour to convert. At Digital Converters, we also invest time in post-conversion processing, like noise reduction and audio enhancement, to ensure the best quality, which can add to the overall duration of the process. Your MP3 versions will then be available for you to download via a link we email to you, and we’ll return your tapes in the post.
Q. What equipment is needed to convert cassette tapes to MP3 at home?
To convert cassette tapes to MP3 at home, you need a cassette player, an analogue-to-digital converter (such as a USB audio capture device), and audio recording software on your computer. While this setup can work for basic conversions, the quality achieved with consumer-grade equipment and software is often inferior compared to professional services. At Digital Converters, we use specialised, high-end equipment that ensures superior sound quality and audio fidelity.
Q. How do you ensure the quality of the MP3 conversion?
Ensuring the quality of MP3 conversion involves several steps. At Digital Converters, we start by using high-quality playback equipment to ensure accurate tape playback. Our analogue-to-digital converters are of professional grade, capturing a wide dynamic range. In the digitisation process, we use advanced software for noise reduction and audio enhancement. Each conversion is monitored and quality-checked by our experienced technicians, ensuring the highest quality output.
Q. What audio quality can be expected from a converted MP3?
The audio quality of a converted MP3 largely depends on the original tape's condition and the conversion process. Generally, MP3s can capture the full range of sound on a cassette, but the clarity and fidelity are contingent on the tape's quality and the equipment used for conversion. At Digital Converters, we use advanced technology to enhance and preserve the audio quality, often resulting in an MP3 that sounds better than the original recording.
Q. Can I convert a cassette tape to formats other than MP3?
Yes, cassette tapes can be converted to various digital formats besides MP3, including WAV, FLAC, and AAC. These formats offer different levels of audio quality and file size. While MP3 is popular for its compatibility and balance of quality and file size, formats like FLAC provide lossless audio quality. Our service at Digital Converters includes the option to choose from different formats, depending on your preference and needs.
Q. What is the cost of converting a cassette tape to MP3?
The cost of converting a cassette tape to MP3 varies depending on the service provider, the tape's length, and any additional services like noise reduction or audio enhancement. Doing it yourself can initially seem more cost-effective, but the investment in proper equipment and time spent can add up. At Digital Converters, we offer competitive pricing of £14.99 per tape plus £8 to convert to USB, and our expertise ensures that you receive a high-quality conversion, making it a cost-effective solution in the long run.
Q. How can I preserve the quality of the cassette tapes before conversion?
To preserve the quality of cassette tapes before conversion, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and magnetic fields. Avoid excessive playing of the tapes, as each play can degrade the quality. At Digital Converters, we also recommend transferring your tapes to digital format as soon as possible to prevent further degradation and to ensure the longevity of your recordings.
Q. Is it possible to improve the sound quality of old cassette recordings when converting to MP3?
It is often possible to improve the sound quality of old cassette recordings during the conversion process. Techniques such as noise reduction, equalisation, and volume levelling can enhance the overall sound. However, the extent of improvement depends on the original recording's quality. Our experts at Digital Converters specialise in audio restoration techniques, which can significantly enhance the sound quality of old recordings.
Q. How do I know if my cassette tapes are suitable for conversion?
Most cassette tapes are suitable for conversion, but tapes with physical damage or severe degradation might pose challenges. If you are unsure about the condition of your tapes, it's best to consult with a professional service. We at Digital Converters can assess your tapes and provide advice on the feasibility and potential quality of the conversion.
Q. Can I convert a cassette tape with damaged sections to MP3?
Yes, it is possible to convert a cassette tape with damaged sections to MP3. In cases where the tape is physically damaged, such as with breaks or crinkles, repair is often possible. However, some sections of the audio might be irretrievable. At Digital Converters, we have the expertise to handle and repair damaged tapes to the best of our ability, ensuring the maximum possible audio is salvaged and converted.
Q. What are the benefits of using a professional service like Digital Converters over DIY conversion?
The benefits of using a professional service like Digital Converters over DIY conversion include superior audio quality, expertise in handling various tape conditions, access to high-end conversion equipment, and time-saving convenience. Professional services also offer additional features like noise reduction, audio restoration, and customised formatting options. These factors collectively result in a more efficient, high-quality conversion, making it a more cost-effective and reliable choice in the long run.
Q. How does Digital Converters handle privacy and confidentiality with personal recordings?
At Digital Converters, we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. All personal recordings are handled with the utmost discretion and security. Our process ensures that your recordings are only accessible to the technicians working on your project, and we have strict protocols in place to safeguard your content. Clients can trust us with their most personal and sensitive recordings.
Q. Are there any types of cassette tapes that cannot be converted by Digital Converters?
While we can convert most types of cassette tapes, there are rare instances where a tape might be in too poor condition to be converted. This could be due to extreme physical damage, severe magnetic tape deterioration, or format incompatibility (such as proprietary formats used in some old answering machines). In such cases, we will inform the client about the limitations and provide the best possible advice or alternative solutions.