Audio Cassette Manufacture
With the retro media resurgence in full swing, the audio cassette is in demand once more, not only does the cassette provide a character and feel often missing from more recent formats, less compression actually creates a higher quality, textured audio.
“First LPs and record players made a comeback – now the cassette tape is rewinding back into our lives. Music fans on both sides of the Atlantic are returning to the cassette two decades after they were replaced by the CD, and more recently digital downloads.” (Read full article: Daily Mail)
In-House Audio Cassette Services:
Direct Source can offer cassette duplication on a digital loop bin with expert digital mastering & professional digital cassette duplication ensures optimum sound quality is achieved.
Full Colour J-Card Printing
We also offer double sided full colour printed J-Card inserts for cassette tapes. With expertise in printing you can ensure that any inserts printed for your cassette tapes will be of the very highest standard.
Cassette Sticker Printing
As well as J-Card printing we can also offer full colour printing on cassette case stickers.
As we present the entire package when it comes to cassette tapes we can offer consolidation and fulfilment of the above.
On-body Cassette Printing
As an alternative to stickers, Direct Source can now provide on-body print in any colour (single colour designs only). Unlike most manufacturers, we provide this service in-house. This means a short turn-around time and strict quality control.
Unlike most manufacturers, our facility has equipment specifically designed to wrap cassette library cases to a retail quality, with the option to include a tear strip for easy opening!
The Manufacturing Process
Tape to tape:
Great for small runs and suitable for low quality audio or voice, however it can induce a large amount of distortion into the audio stream.
Digital loop bin duplication:
This gives the highest possible quality of duplication. Suitable for music and where the best result is needed. This involves using a master to record to a pancake of audio tape.
Side A is recorded in normal direction and side B is recorded backwards onto the tape.
An inaudible cue tone is recorded at the start of each recording.
The programmed pancake is then loaded onto cassette winding equipment and cut, spliced and wound into the shell of the empty cassette.
- This is all done at high speed, with professional automated equipment.
- As all of this is done in house and you can visit by appointment to see your job being produced.
- Constant and spot checks are done throughout the job run to check the quality stays at a high level.
- You can rest assured you job is in safe hands as our team has more than 20 years’ experience with audio cassette manufacture. See our Cassette manufacturing facilities in action here.
Should you require a CD or DVD to go with your cassette then please ask as we have an extensive manufacturing facility on site for DVDs and CDs, able to manufacture all your media formats under oen roof, keeping the carbon footprint of your job low.