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 compter file ensuring that you can enjoy it for years to come. Please call or email us to discuss your project and our very reasonable rates.
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Do you have family or archival recordings on outdated media?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.
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 iTunes. Contact us for professional CD mastering.
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 standardising 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
Should you require any help with audio restoration in New Zealand, feel free to contact us.
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Libraries, museums, universities, religious organisations with historical recordings
Government departments and archives
Film and documentary producers with historic audio to digitize
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
Families with recorded memories of loved ones that they wish to preserve or share with friends on the internet
Hobby groups with recordings
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 of Tibetan
Sacred Ceremonies in 2004 for Naxos, New Zealand’s first Grammy® award winner.
Now operating from Auckland's North Shore, we specialise in bringing historic recordings back to life. For details of our studio equipment please click Read more:
Turntable: AT LP-120 (modified)
with range of LP/78 carts and styli
Fostex D-25 4 head
RME UCX Fireface
Echo Layla 24
M-Audio Fast Track Ultra
Outboard & Keyboard
Buzz Audio MA2.2 Preamp
Buzz Audio DBC-20 Compressor
Sound Devices MixPre Preamp
Korg T2 Keyboard
Korg Wave Station Keyboard
Control Room Treatment
Bass trapped with Real Traps
Room corrected with ARC2
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Every job is different and pricing depends on a number of variables such as the original format of your recordings, the condition of the original media, how much restoration is required, and the end format required. Please call or email to find out more about restoring your recordings.
Music Restoration NZ is located
Coatesville & Riverhead on
Auckland's North Shore