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We try to keep our pricing as simple and predictable as possible. So, for the most part, our rates are "by the reel." This means our pricing includes whatever it takes to make the best possible transfer including baking (!), standard cleaning, mounting, reasonable splice repairs, etc to get the job done. We price this way for a number of reasons:

  1. Peace of mind. You’ll know, before you ship or deliver your tapes, what the cost will be. No surprises.
  2. Protection of your tapes. Stressed or rushed people make mistakes and have accidents. We believe that an engineer working on your analog recordings should be free of distractions and never feel pushed or rushed.
  3. Quality of life. We don’t want our clients or our engineers stressing out over how long the job is taking. Sonicraft maintains an atmosphere of calm. Our transfer engineers are encouraged to take as much time as they need to get it right.

First Reel: For each job, we have a "first reel" rate of $250, which meets our minimum and covers baking, standard cleaning, mounting, reasonable splice repairs, initial lab setup and transfer of your first reel. But, keep reading. After the first reel, the rate drops significantly.

Here’s the breakdown for additional multitrack tapes:

Three to sixteen-track tapes: $125 / reel
More than 16 tracks: $150 / reel

Setup fees are one-time charges that occur if you have a tape or tapes that require us to set the lab up differently from the first reel setup. The first reel rate of $250 includes the setup fee. If your additional reels have to be set up differently than the first reel, there will be an additional setup fee for each different setup you need. This is not a per tape fee, but a per setup fee. You may have multiple tapes that use the same setup.

Multitrack setup (change of speed or format) $50
Multitrack noise reduction system changeover $50

Half-inch stereo master tapes:

10.5 x 1/2” masters @ 15 or 30 ips: $125 / reel
Change of speed (setup) $25
Noise reduction system changeover   $25

Quarter-inch tapes:

If your quarter-inch tapes are multitrack (four or eight-track), the multitrack rates above still apply.

For full track mono and ¼” 2-track stereo tapes up to 30 minutes running time   $100 / reel
Change of speed (setup) $25
Noise reduction system changeover $25


Mid-tape program changes:
If we do the initial set up for your tape and the program changes speed, format, directions or noise reduction encoding, the applicable additional setup costs will apply.

Extended running time:
For any quarter-inch tape with a running time that exceeds 30 minutes, we will need an additional $2.50 per running minute. For any half-inch stereo or multitrack tape with a running time that exceeds 30 minutes, we will need an additional $4.00 per running minute.

“Two-sided” tapes:
If any tape is recorded in both directions, we will need to bill it as two tapes.

Mold or serious contamination:
If your tapes are suffering from mold or have gotten wet or otherwise contaminated, this requires deep cleaning (see the section on tape cleaning here). If your tapes require deep cleaning, rates vary from $25-100 per reel depending upon severity.

Blank tapes:
If we discover that any of your tapes are blank, we will not charge you anything for preparation of that tape. We don't charge a fee to a client unless we deliver something of value to them. The only exception occurs when we have to deep clean a tape before we can play it. In that case, you will pay only for the cleaning.

Shipping and Handling:
The only other expense should be return shipping of your tapes (usually via UPS Ground). For destinations in the Continental USA, you can generally estimate a flat rate of $30 for the first tape. For ¼ & ½” tapes, add $5 for each additional tape. For 1” & 2”, add $10 per additional tape. Delivery via physical media, such as hard drives or DVD-ROMs is now $10. Please add another 20% if you are West of the Rockies. For international shipping, please contact us to discuss rates and the shipping options.

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