The Importance of Tape Transfers

Check out this awesome article about our friends over at Capital Records and what they do to keep music history alive and well! We do our part as well here at Welcome to 1979. Transferring and archiving original sessions from the 1940s on is an important part of preserving beautiful works of music history. Tape was the main form of recording in the mid-1900s, and is still used today for an analog quality that isn’t quite tangible in modern digital recording. However, in comparison to digital recording, analog recording requires proper care to be taken with the original masters. If they are not stored correctly, the tapes can absorb moisture requiring some work to be put in to restore them to their original quality. Tapes often need to be baked at 120 degrees for 6 hours in a convection oven in order to dry out the moisture and remove the gummy residue from sticky shed syndrome.

We recently did tape transfers of some Allen Toussiant records. Transferring tape is a way to ensure the proper preservation of original masters like those of Allen Toussaint. There are quite a few studios and other businesses that offer tape transferring services! If you or someone you know has tape recovered from original sessions that you are looking to transfer to other formats, contact us at Welcome to 1979! Give us a call at 844-679-1979 or shoot us an email at

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Welcome To 1979 is a retro, analog centric (but digital capable) recording studio in Nashville, TN that strives to cater to the independent & budget minded artists, producers and engineers. Featuring fully-restored analog tape machines, console, outboard equipment and microphones we ensure that “vintage” doesn’t mean “old and broken”. Along with tons of vintage gear, Welcome To 1979 also features tons of space: Over 7,000 square feet of unique recording and recreational spaces to help inspire your creativity, with or without the use of a computer! Fingers on Strings, Hands on Faders, Music on Tape. Welcome To 1979! View all posts by welcometo1979 →

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