Remember old cassette tapes?
If you were born in the ’90s, you’re part of the last generation that probably ever listened to cassette tapes! Most kids belonging to Gen Z don’t even know how they work – and thanks to the digital media revolution, they probably never will. From cassettes, we moved onto CDs, MP3 players and now our cell phones.
However, if you still love your old cassettes and are looking for ways to preserve them, we’ve got some great tips for you! In fact, get your brand new home theatre ready to play some old tunes revived from your old cassettes.
Convert Cassette Tape to CD
One of the most obvious ways to preserve your media from old cassette tapes is to transfer a cassette tape to a CD.
One of the ways to achieve that is to invest in an at-home Capture and Conversion Device, which comes with the software. This helps to transfer media from a cassette onto your personal computer and then to your CDs. It costs around $100 if bought on Amazon!
Whatever device you choose to purchase, make sure to follow the instructions properly. You also need to be a bit of patients because you’ll be recording your cassette’s media in real-time. Make sure the recorder is clean and the required cords are working.
Before you begin, rewind all your cassettes to their original starting point so that the content is captured in its entirety. Also, make sure that the cassette is clean and is not damaged.
Convert Cassette Tape to MP3
Digital files can stay on your computer indefinitely and can be easily transferred via your phone, email, cloud storage or through USBs. The best part about digital files is that they’re less prone to damage and less prone to losing their quality. They can also be converted into different audio formats, depending on your needs, such as MP3, WAV, FLAC and more
You can even edit the digital files and personalize them. Furthermore, digital files take zero physical space, which means they’re easy to travel with and you don’t have to worry about losing any hardware – except your computer, of course!
Handle the Tapes with Extreme Care
Cassettes must be handled only by their outer plastic case. Additionally, you should avoid touching the internal cassette mechanisms and magnetic tape at all costs as it may instantly damage the actual audio recordings.
Make Sure to Store them in a Proper Place
Whether its photographs, VHS tapes or cassette tapes, they need to be stored in a safe place. They are extremely prone to heat damage and should be stored in relatively cooler areas. The storage environment plays an important role in the preservation of your oh-so-beloved audio cassettes. It is recommended that in order to preserve the tapes for 10 years, the temperature of the room should be 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the humidity should be around 45-50%. Large fluctuations in any of these factors can cause serious damage to the audio cassettes.
If you want to preserve audio cassettes long term, make sure the temperature is 46-50 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is 20-30%.
Ask a Professional to Help You Out
If the task seems too daunting or too cumbersome for you, you can always opt for professional help when it comes to preserving your cassettes.
Professionals can help transfer your cassette tapes to CD or MP3 without compromising the quality. Professionals have expensive software and specialized equipment that can properly capture a cassette’s content and convert it into a modern digital format such as MP3, WAV, or FLAC for you.
Professionals can also help you maintain your old cassettes. Instead of cleaning them or replacing cases on your own, you can ask a professional to help you out with that. Digital conversion experts know just how to work with legacy formats to make sure it lasts and retains the same quality of media as it did before.
So what are you waiting for? Try out these 5 awesome ways to preserve your cassettes and enjoy the wave of nostalgia that comes with it!