Rescue the Recordings You Love

  We can rescue your:
Records: LPs, 78s, 45s, acetate
Reel to reel tape: All speeds
DAT & MiniDisk
Mini & Micro dictaphone cassettes

Recordings on older audio formats such as vinyl or tape often cannot be played or are at risk of deterioration. With our professional restoration processes we can transfer your cherished audio to CD or computer file ensuring that you can enjoy it for years to come.
Our Services
We convert your valuable old records, reel-to-reel tapes, or cassettes to digital. We can then rejuvenate them, making it easy for you to archive or appreciate your favourite audio.

Convert your old audio to digital

Do you have family or archival recordings on outdated media? Perhaps a vinyl LP pressing, or a reel or cassette tape of a much-loved family performance that you would like transferred to CD? We can digitise your audio to a current format for archiving or further processing.

A common problem encountered these days is reel-to-reel tape that refuses to play or deposits a sticky oxide layer on your tape heads. This need not be a show-stopper. Frequently, we can apply processes to bring these tapes back to life and recover your recordings.

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Repair any damage and remove noise

Once reformatted, we use state-of-the-art software to remove tape hiss, vinyl clicks, rumble, thumps, hum etc., leaving your recordings ready for transfer to CD or iTunes.
Old 78 record before click removal ...
Old 78 record after click removal ...

While modern technology can do wonders for damaged media, some records or tapes may be simply too badly damaged to restore. In such an event, we will return your media at no expense to you.

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Master & compile for CD or internet

Mastering is the art of making your final mixes sound polished and consistent across all tracks, and enjoyable on as many sound systems as possible. Over the years we have mastered numerous albums for CD release and download. Please contact us for further details.

Preparing your project for the pressing plant or digital download can involve several steps. These include …

  • Noise-stripping, de-clicking and artefact removal
  • 'Sweetening' of the tracks through EQ and compression - with a fresh set of ears
  • Raising and standardizing track levels across the album
  • Adjusting stereo width and adding ambiance if necessary
  • Arranging track order, levels, and gapping
  • Addition of IRSC codes. These codes act as international track identifiers and are important - especially for iTunes download.
  • Real-time checking of the final master for integrity
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Our Clients


  • Libraries, museums, universities, religious organizations with historical recordings
  • Government departments and archives
  • Film and documentary producers with historic audio to digitize

Music Creators

  • Musicians, singers and band leaders with classic tape demanding to see the light of day
  • Producers of albums to master or compilations to assemble
  • Choirmasters and church music directors with media for distribution
  • Conductors or bands with archival material for release

Music Lovers

  • Families with recorded memories of loved ones that they wish to preserve or share with friends on the internet
  • Hobby groups with recordings
  • Amateur choir

About Us

Music Restoration NZ began life as UCA Recording in 1987, a recording studio located north of Wellington. Quickly gaining larger clients, we produced numerous albums and digital resources for local and global record labels as well as government departments.

Our successes include the production in 2004 of , New Zealand’s first Grammy® award-winning album for Naxos Records.

Now operating from Auckland's North Shore, we specialist in bringing historic recordings back to life. For details of our studio equipment please click Read more:

  • Equipment calibration & maintenance by Gennlab

  • Monitoring
  • Dynaudio BM15A powered monitors
  • Jamo C807's
  • Monitor Audio Radius 90's
  • Monitor Audio sub
  • Yamaha 100 Sub
  • Sugden Headmaster preamp
  • Exposure 3010S2D amp
  • Fostex PH-100 10 channel headphone amp

  • Software
  • 64/32 bit Sonar X.x Audio/MIDI
  • Sound Forge X.x Audio Editor
  • iZotope RX.x Restoration S/W
  • CD Architect 5.2c Mastering
  • HOFA DDP Mastering
  • iZotope Ozone X.x Mastering S/W
  • Kontakt X.x Sampling
  • Waves & Voxengo Reverbs
  • Har-bal 3 Harmonic Ballancing
  • Antares Autotune Pitch Correction

  • Tape & Vinyl
  • Otari MX5050B-II2 (¼ inch)
  • TEAC A-7300 (¼ inch)
  • Revox B77-HS (¼ inch)
  • Fostex E16, 16 Track (½ inch)
  • Technics RS-Bx828 Cassette
  • Technics RS-B965 Cassette
  • Sony JA20ES MiniDisc
  • Turntable: AT LP-120 (modified)
    with range of LP/78 carts and styli

  • DAT Machines
  • Fostex D-25 4 head
  • Fostex D-5
  • Sony DTC-60ES
  • Sony TCD-D7

  • Interfaces
  • RME UCX Fireface
  • Echo Layla 24
  • M-Audio Fast Track Ultra

  • Outboard & Keyboard
  • Buzz Audio MA2.2 Preamp
  • Buzz Audio DBC-20 Compressor
  • Korg T2 Keyboard
  • Korg Wave Station Keyboard

  • Control Room Treatment
  • Bass trapped with Real Traps
  • Room corrected with ARC2
  • UPS Protection
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Our Pricing

Every job is different and pricing will depend on such variables as the condition of the original media and how much restoration work is required. However, these pricings can be used as an approximate guide. All work includes:
  • Real-time transfer to digital format
  • Click, hum, and tape-noise removal where applicable
  • Normalization & EQ (volume & tone improvments) if needed
  • Addition of CD track markers where applicable
  • Printed labels
  • Archiving
  • GST inclusive
 Record (LP, 78) to CD or file $35
 DAT (with $50 refundable surcharge*) $45
 Reel Tape (all speeds) to CD or file $45
 Cassette & dictaphone to CD or file $35
 MiniDisk to CD or file $35
 Additional CD copies (each) $10
 A large job? Please call to discuss a discount  
* This is to cover the cost of drum cleaning should  the DAT be shedding oxide

Contact Us

Music Restoration NZ is located between
Coatesville & Riverhead on Auckland's North Shore
New Zealand. Call David:

027 352 8558
09 4125553