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You send us your transcription records and we do the rest!

If you have rare radio station programming, commercials, or other homemade audio on transcription discs we can transfer them for you!

Audio Conservation can transfer, digitize and convert your large, oversized 16″ (or larger) transcription records to new modern digital formats and preserve them for future generations.

Most transcription discs were recorded at slow speeds and as a result they tend to be noisy and have lots of crackle, pops and electrical hum. They generally respond well to modern audio restoration techniques. Please specify at checkout if you would like a quote for additional restoration work.

We digitize all records to uncompressed AIF/AIFF  16/44.1K audio files, however we can transfer to nearly any professional audio format upon request at no additional charge.

$39.99

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Please Choose What Your Would Like Your 16" Transcription RECORD Transferred To:

16" Transcription Record History

16″ transcription records were a type of audio disc used for broadcasting and recording purposes in the early to mid-20th century. They were larger than the more common 10″ or 12″ vinyl records used for commercial music releases, and were often made of materials like shellac or acetate.

The use of 16″ transcription records began in the 1920s and 1930s, when radio broadcasting was becoming more popular. These records were used by radio stations to record and play back programming, such as news broadcasts, live music and performances or for military, educational and government recordings. They were also used by musicians, recording & film studios for making high-quality recordings of their music.

One advantage of the 16″ transcription record was its longer playing time compared to commercial records. While commercial records typically only had enough space for one or two songs, a 16″ record could hold up to 15 minutes of audio on each side. This allowed for longer programs and performances to be recorded and broadcast.

Another advantage of 16″ transcription records was their high sound quality. They were often recorded at higher speeds than commercial records, which allowed for more detail to be captured in the recording. They were also played back on specialized equipment, which could extract a higher level of fidelity from the discs.

However, 16″ transcription records were expensive to produce and required specialized equipment to play and record. They were never sold commercially to consumers due to the fact that they were largely unplayable on most phonograph’s & record players at the time. As new technologies like magnetic tape emerged, the use of 16″ transcription records began to decline. Today, they are rare and likely one of a kind, they should be transferred as soon as possible to preserve them historically as the media is deteriorating and not improving with age.

SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add Your Media Type & Quantity To The Cart, Choose Your Return Shipping Method & Complete Checkout
  • You Will Receive A Receipt Which Also Includes Our Mailing Address
  • Carefully Package & Ship Your Media To Us, We Recommend USPS Priority Or Media Mail (Both Provide Free Tracking). If You Need Help With Packaging Please Contact Us.
  • We Will Log, Assess & Transfer Your Media & Contact You If There Are Any Issues.
  • Your Media & New Digital Transfers Are Shipped Back To You And A Tracking Number Is Provided
Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas
Sean guided me through the process of getting my grandfather’s home-recorded 78 from WWII transferred to an audio file. It sounds amazing. I had no idea anything could be done with it!! This is so meaningful to me and my family.
B E Meloy
B E Meloy
Had a 1/4" tape from 1968 digitalized by Audio Conservation. It was a personal tape message from a friend to family members while onboard DDG-851, USS Rupert. It was not stored well nor in great shape but Audio Conservation was able to restore it and provide high quality aiff files for our archives. Greatly appreciate the fast turnaround and friendly service.
Steven Gray
Steven Gray
Audio Conservation was very easy to work with. I found their website, created an account and booked a service for a pretty old 1/4" Reel tape that I wanted to have digitized; I opted for the Cloud Storage. Communication with them was always quick; I sent off the tape to them, got a confirmation, they answered my questions. I got the email with the Cloud folder, easily downloaded the files, and the original tape was returned to me. The results were better than I might have expected from such an old tape. I am very happy to recommend them.
Colin W. K.
Colin W. K.
Worth every penny!! I sent a rare German LP of Billy Joel's debut album from the early '70s to Audio Conservation a few months ago so it could get digitally restored. Sean did a magnificent job keeping his restoration work non-destructive and I genuinely couldn't be happier!
Christa Abraham Davis
Christa Abraham Davis
Audio Conservation did a wonderful job handling 80 year old home made records from around WWII. We got to hear my Great Uncle's voice who was KIA. It was such a gift to my family and especially his sister. Listening to the original and then listening to Sean's restored version was like night and day. He's a very skilled audio engineer and was able to clean up so much of the extra noise to make the voices clear. We will definitely be using Audio Conservation for any future projects!
Sherri Heckendorn
Sherri Heckendorn
It was wonderful to hear those voices again! I was taken back to a time that seems like a lifetime ago. Such a quick and easy process. I was nervous about letting those obsolete, old tapes out of my sight but I shouldn’t have been. Everything went perfectly and now I can share them with others. I am so glad I found this place!
Katherine Van Acker
Katherine Van Acker
I sent in two mini reel to reel tapes that belonged to a friend. She thought they might have audio on them of her long deceased brother who died tragically very young. I did not hold any hope. Sean did it! He said "I believe your tapes were originally recorded on a small portable rim drive reel to reel machine. Rim drive tapes are difficult to transfer because the speed is variable and constantly changing. I managed to correct the speed changes and capture the tapes correctly." I'm very pleased and highly recommend this service.
MEMORYMEDIA
MEMORYMEDIA
Thoughtful, patient and detailed professionalism! Audio Conservation did an amazing job restoring our vinyl recordings. Highly recommended!
Costa
Costa
I sent a couple of 8 track ADATs to Sean and he went above and beyond to overcome some weird encoding issues and get the WAVs just right. Extra time and effort wan spend without any extra fee. (and his base fee was very competitive). You can tell he's passionate about his service and it was awesome. Highly recommended.
Kevin Spear
Kevin Spear
Sean was very prompt! He reached out to make sure everything went smooth. Results of transferring ADAT tapes from the early 90s was perfect!