It makes no difference if the CD is for sale, or for promotional use, or private use only - the same laws apply, and in all cases appropriate licences must be obtained before we can copy works which are subject to copyright.
We can, however, transfer your personal recordings for which you or a member of your family own the copyright, such as:
- Recordings of your children talking, or yourself as a child.
- Musical works which you have composed and performed yourself.
- Sound recordings of your wedding.
- Sound recordings of a family funeral.
Suitable Audio Formats
DAT (Digital Audio Tape):
- DATs may be sampled at 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz, but for highest quality transfer to CD, 44.1 kHz is preferred.
- Please use new tapes where possible.
- Please record silence for at least 30 seconds before the start of the first track of audio.
- Start IDs should be present to indicate where you want tracks to change on the CD.
- You should have tracks on the Mini Disc correspond to where you want the tracks on the CD.
- Standard Play is preferred, but Long Play (MDLP2 or MDLP4) is available. HI-MD is currently not available. If you have a HI-MD disc to be transferred, you will also need to supply a HI-MD player.
WAV or AIFF files on disc:
- Any sample rate up to 96 kHz.
- On disc, USB flash memory or via email or FTP.
Quarter inch analogue reel-to-reel tape:
- Without dbx or Dolby noise-reduction.
- The following open-reel tape speeds are available:
- 4.76 cm/s (1 7/8 ips).
- 9.5 cm/s (3 3/4 ips).
- 19.05 cm/s (7 1/2 ips).
- 38.1 cm/s (15 ips).
- 76.2 cm/s (30 ips)
- The following recording formats are available:
- Full track mono.
- Half track mono or stereo.
- Quarter track mono or stereo.
PCM on Betamax or U-Matic:
- Sony 501 or compatible, PAL only.
- Audio can be transferred from a standard audio-cassette, but this is not recommended (if there is any higher-quality alternative) due to the generally inferior quality of cassettes and the compatibility problems associated with phase alignment and Dolby playback level.
See also: Specifications for all master discs