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Old 11th September 2002
Hard drives/backup

What does the client take out of your studio when the project is done? Do you keep the original drives and make backup drives for the client or do you back up to *?format?* for them to take? Is there more than one backup/different formats? What about track sheets, session documentation, mix settings?

Are there special requirements the majors have compared to independents.

At the moment I back up the R-1 drives to 2 sets of Exabyte Mammoth tape (20 gig per tape, 4 tapes per project), one set goes with the client one stays here plus I keep the original set of hard drives intact until the album is released, then the drives get wiped unless the label wants to buy them. Euphonix came out with the "Transferstation" for the R-1, which backs up the original drives to a bunch of different formats (Firewire drives, DLT tape, SCSI drives, LTO tape, CD-R, not sure about DVD-R) in the AES-31 format. It also has Nuendo built into the main computer, which could be used as an extension DAW to the R-1. Santa...?
Old 11th September 2002
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DDS3 DATA DAT one to client & we keep one.
I want to get DDS4 in the future...
Old 13th September 2002
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I've just gone from DDS 4 to an Ecrix VXA Firewire drive. Tapes hold nearly 35 gig and it does about 1.6 meg a second. Tape costs about 70 Euro which is not cheap but hopefully prices will drop. So far so good. Mind you, Mezzo 4 takes some getting used to!.

Old 14th September 2002
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For album projects I have been selling them IDE drives. If they want them of course. ... and lately I have been backing up larger projects on a couple of DVD's.

I don't keep track sheets .... everything is inside the ProTools sessions.

I use comment windows to save with them.

Except for what the clients take home I back up everything with Retrospect .... make catalogues of sessions / projects and keep those on CDR's or DVD's
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