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.
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Do you have family or archival recordings on outdated media?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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Libraries, museums, universities, religious organizations 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 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
Dynaudio BM15A powered monitors
Monitor Audio Radius 90's
Monitor Audio sub
Yamaha 100 Sub
Sugden Headmaster preamp
Exposure 3010S2D amp
Fostex PH-100 10 channel headphone amp
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
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
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 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
Record (LP, 78) to CD or file
DAT (with $50 refundable surcharge*)
Reel Tape (all speeds) to CD or file
Cassette & dictaphone to CD or file
MiniDisk to CD or file
Additional CD copies (each)
A large job? Please call to discuss a discount
* This is to cover the cost of drum cleaning should the DAT be shedding oxide
Music Restoration NZ is located
Coatesville & Riverhead on
Auckland's North Shore
New Zealand. Call David: