So what’s the diff between Real-Time and High-Speed cassette duplication?


When entering your cassette duplication order, the first question you face is whether you want to duplicate real-time or high-speed. So what’s the difference? With real-time cassettes we load the tape according to your longest side length. From there we duplicate directly from your audio files, allowing us to use a high quality 24-bit source, even higher resolution than CD. Our frequency range is 20Hz to 20kHz, meaning that we can maintain extreme highs and lows while still dubbing at a loud volume and with low tape hiss. Each cassette is manually quality controlled to ensure the A-side sounds correct.

Our Tapematic 2000 loads tape into cassette shells for real-time duplication.

High-speed is the economical choice. The cassette is loaded into a digital bin and then duplicated continuously at high speed onto bulk 8,200 foot pancakes. Each tape is separated by a cue tone, which the Tapematic loaders use to locate, cut and load the tape into the cassette shell. Each cassette is consistent in quality with a frequency range of 20Hz to 16kHz. By being able to duplicate higher quantities at a faster rate we are able to offer a lower price per cassette compared to real-time, and just like real-time we are able to duplicate the cassettes at a loud volume with low tape noise.

Our high-speed loaders and duplicators running through a batch of cassettes in a matter of minutes!


Now that you know the difference, the only question that remains is which is the right duplication speed for your release? Compare the prices alongside all of our cassette shell colour and packaging options using our online calculator! We’ll supply you with an instant quote and free shipping to the United States and Canada.

1 thought on “So what’s the diff between Real-Time and High-Speed cassette duplication?

  1. Hello I was wonder if that BASF Chrome Tape is the best way to go for some loud EBM/Distorted Pop/Dark Wave kinda sound! I saw the blank cassettes on eBay and wanted to send the 90 minute tape to you guys so it would be on that quality cassette. I want everything pink with black pad print. I can photoshop everything but I’m still learning how to do that on the pdf files that you guys say to download. I just hope I do it right and when all is done even with a bright pink case, I would like it to be on with the rest of the cassette community as an Alt Pop genre. 4 j card lay out for the cover and lyrics front and back everything in black print with a pink background. Yes pink with the windows lol. This is a project I am trying to work on by January and hope to come to you guys with a tape to send in BASF Chrome tape real time. I hope it can all come out by March of next year. What do you guys think of this idea 💡🙏🧐🪩😎🎤🎶🤘🪬 thanks 😊

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