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Do you have old tapes that haven’t been played in a while and you want retrieve the songs or sessions to remix? Maybe just want to preserve and save the information before it deteriorates any further? If so, then you should have your tapes BAKED.

Here’s Why: Over the course of 10 years or so, the tape’s binding that holds the iron oxide/the magnetic particles that the sound is recorded on loses its' chemical composition. The result is the tape shedding pieces of the top coating. This takes valuable recorded information along with it. This can be caused by moisture, incorrect storage, or simply age. Ampex 456 made during the mid-eighties, (and sold until the late-nineties) is especially susceptible because of the manufacturing process used at the time.

The Solution: We will bake your tapes using our proven method restoring them to their original condition. We have a 100% success rate. Here’s how it works:

  1. You bring or ship your tapes to the studio so we can test them in order to determine if they need to be baked. (Since you may not have a machine and they haven’t been played in a while, chances are they could be fine and just need to be digitized). There is no charge to test the tapes.
  2. We remove the flanges from your tapes and heat them at 135º F/ 57º C for 6 to 8 hours, depending on the condition. They are then left to cool for another 6 hours.
  3. If your tape has recorded tones we will align our machine to your tape. We then digitize your material at 192kH/ 24bit or 32bit float if you prefer. Each reel will be in a separate Pro Tools session with the tracks labeled as per the track sheet. Please note that it is recommended that after the tape is baked, it should be digitized as soon as possible, as the process only repairs the binding temporarily. The baked tape cannot be used for future plays or overdubs. That can be done in Pro Tools.

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