Session Backup Strategies & Workflows

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If you've worked with computers before, odds are you've experienced the unfortunate truth that hard drives will eventually fail, files will be easily lost and disks will be mysteriously misplaced. Having a solid data backup system with multiple redundancies is the only way to guarantee your projects will never go astray.

Grammy winners Fab Dupont and Andrew Scheps discuss their strategies and technologies to automate their backups and ensure that they never lose a file and can easily access their sessions from anywhere in the world.

Learn about techniques and the healthy paranoia producers and engineers need to have in order to never lose a client project again.

Use the advanced workflows Andrew and Fab have developed as inspiration to take a look at your own data management strategies and come up with a system that works for you.

Equipment & Software

Online Services:

  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • Amazon Prime


  • Synk Pro by Decimus
  • Syncronise Pro by Qdiea
  • Chronosync by Econ Technologies
  • SugarSync

Local Clouds

  • Transporter
  • OwnCloud
  • Clouds Syncronisation
  • MultCloud
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Andrew Scheps

Andrew Scheps is a music producer, mixing engineer and record label owner based in the United Kingdom. He has received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Album Of The Year for Adele's 21, and also Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta.

Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

Andrew collaborated with Waves in order to create his own line of plug-ins which include the Scheps 73 EQ and the Scheps Parallel Particles.

Andrew is one of the best known mixing engineers in the world, well-known for his Rear Bus mixing techniques that he developed working on his 64 input Neve 8068 console and his love for distortion of any kind. If you are watching pureMix videos you will see that he managed to carry his analog sound signature over to a fully portable digital rig. These days, Andrew mixes completely In The Box as it allows him much greater flexibility and the ability to work on several project simultaneously.



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2021 Jun 08
Yes! Having a backup philosophy is important. This topic cannot be something we professionals compromise in. I'm not sure why RAID wasn't mentioned, but it's worth everybody's time to consider a RAID solution to hard local backups
2021 May 19
These type of topics can be the most important when doing music professionally. Appreciate this video, and plan to look into transporter and Amazon both seem very powerful to me. Thanks again Andrew and Fab
luigi de
2020 Sep 09
Great video but one thing is not clarified .. ok to backup for projects you are working on, but once they are completed how long do you keep them in backups? Many thanks
2020 May 20
Love this kind of insight - there's a million demonstrations on EQ and compression, but very little on the nitty gritty realities of data management and workflow, so thank you guys!! I know I'm a couple years late here, but I have one question (for anyone who has experience with it): is there any reason not to use the same hard drive for a bootable backup, as well as a local backup for working files (provided you still have your data in three different places)? I have an external drive that I use as a local backup - just wondering if the bootable drive needs to be separate from that?
2020 Jan 22
I totally agree to the way Andrew Scheps describes his process. The way he copies the data multiple times it’s pretty robust and fail safe with multiple copies. But on the other hand the way Fab handles his data is just syncing data between devices while only Dropbox maintains all of his data on their hard discs. A sync is no backup. Having every file constantly on access on every device may lead to silent data corruptions is happing. Like any of his devices could replacing old files with defective files (as an example) without him ever noticing.
2020 Jan 09
Thank you
2020 Jan 07
Nice reminders and ideas.. by the way what's that somewhat exotic phrase Fab keeps on saying in the end..?
2020 Jan 04
I have 3 backups: - External hard drive via time machine so I can go back to a particular point in time e.g if a an update screwed things up. - Dropbox - real-time sync on multiple devices for easy collaboration + portability - BackBlaze - backs up all my computers and can restore files from any of those computers anywhere, any time. They'll even ship me a hard drive if requested. Like Fab, I prefer to leave the human out of the equation and opt for set and forget systems :)
2019 Aug 21
For the automatic dropbox uploading, the command would be: ./ upload /Volumes/Backup/ProTools/MyProtoolsFolder/* MyProtoolsFolder and this uses You have to do a funny "create app" thing on, and paste in an API key to get this script to run, but once it's going it works well.
2019 Aug 21
I'm very impressed with the clarity of the video. following this strategy, you can open Terminal and run a command: $cp -Rvn LOCAL_PATH REMOTE_PATH e.g. $cp -Rvn /Users/Name/Protools/MyBigFolder /Volumes/MyBigDrive/ProtoolsBackups This will copy all the projects in MyBigFolder to the ProtoolsBackups folder on the drive. you could also put this in a shell script, I'm guessing that's what happens in the system described in teh video. The second thing is copying from the backup drive to Dropbox. This can be done using Great systems!
2019 Aug 21
I'm very impressed with the clarity of the video. following this strategy, you can open Terminal and run a command: cp -Rvn ,e.g. cp -Rvn /Users/Name/Protools/MyBigFolder /Volumes/MyBigDrive/ProtoolsBackups This will copy all the projects in MyBigFolder to the ProtoolsBackups folder on the drive. you could also put this in a shell script, I'm guessing that's what happens in the system described in teh video. The second thing is copying from the backup drive to Dropbox. This can be done using Great systems!
2018 Sep 21
It is really interesting in the way you are searching different clouds or new forms for maintaining you information safe. I don't know but it is quite interesting if you recommend HDD too, I mean, Fab doesn't like it but maybe you can share us information about it. I think if you have your computer, a cloud and a HDD is the basics. Yeah.
2018 May 24
Andrew and Fab, What brand of Hard Drives do you both use? Are there any particular brands and models you have found reliable over the years? Thank you, Neil.
2018 May 24
Andrew and Fab, What brand of Hard Drives you both use? Is there any particular brand, model and size you have found reliable over the years? Thank you, Neil.
2018 Jan 10
AFAIK Transporter has ended support for their products in September 2017, according to their website: Have one myself but now thinking about some other solution.
2017 Dec 29
This is great, but don't forget about those of us who are just starting out! We don't necessarily understand things like "scripts" and "incrementals." Just an extra sentence defining these things would be incredibly helpful.
2017 Dec 27
Great video!!! I use time machine (4tb ext) to backup both boot drive (500gb ssd int) and audio drive (2tb raid thunderbolt). When the project finish it goes to a ext hd named by year to die alone.
2017 Nov 13
Very very practical and importat video for today´s work strategy. The best tandem A&F F&A Thanks a lot
2017 Oct 31
So what is the tech. for a typical home dummie like me and some other guy/gal??
2017 Oct 30
AMAZING. Thanks :)
2017 Oct 28
AWS now charges $60/year for 1TB .... No more UNLIMITED storage for 60 Bucks ...
2017 Oct 27
you guys sound like dropbox salesmen :-) Great advise though
2017 Oct 26
Excellent talk! Suggestions to add to the fun: 1- Local backup: No backup at all, just setup your system via a RAID-1 system. Every byte copied to one drive gets copied to the other at the same time. Oh and don't get into RAID-5 or 6...the rebuild time will kill you. If 2 drives for your RAID-1 is not enough just use 3. 2- Local Cloud/Network: check out 3- Cloud Backup: + Amazon EC2 or Glacier Et voila! Erick P. Montreal, Canada
2017 Oct 26
Wow, nobody uses Carbonite? For $60/year, I have it installed on my PC at home (I know not everybody has a home studio) and it is constantly backing up any changes it finds 24/7.
2017 Oct 26
ShameDawg, within the last year Dropbox started to allow you to select a location other than your system drive for your Dropbox folder. Since Fab is using a laptop his Dropbox folder is probably on the main drive. But if you have a desktop with multiple drive you can dedicate one as your Dropbox drive leaving more free space on your system drive. At the moment I an archiving to Google Drive since I can get more than 1TB without going to a business plan. I'd love to go to a business Dropbox but Google is cheaper for now.
2017 Oct 26
Great video! Thank you. I've been using Synology solutions too for years now, robust stuff and their software is fantastic. With an array of SSD disks, you can have both performance and robustness. In addition, Synology "offers" a powerful "Cloud sync" function with the major Cloud Platforms providers, so if you're lazy like Fab ;-) , no problem, it does it for you like in a dream. "You don't backup it, you don't own it" all is said!
2017 Oct 26
Just a quick update. Since shooting this video Amazon starting charging a ton of money for space, so I still use Dropbox the same way but am using a local Synology server for archiving. Synology's servers are pricey but AMAZING!
2017 Oct 25
I am wondering if Fab runs his sessions from the system drive? Since Dropbox works best on the system drive. I am interested in expanding my dropbox usage, but run all my sessions from an external drive (which is still best right?). Thoughts?
2017 Oct 25
Whats the very OCD naming system Fab uses? This would be great to know
2017 Oct 22
Great Video. Maybe a part 2 to this video could be session archiving? Just wondering if you guys keep the sessions and files given to you by your clients and if so how long? Thanks
Gary Ambrosino
2017 Oct 20
How about TimeMachine ?
2017 Oct 19
Great tutorial! Thank you very much for covering this subject since it is overlooked quite often Here is my backup strategy. After each session, I do 2 things: 1) Backing up my local session drive with 2 Time Machine disks in RAID 1 (mirroring) with a G Drive Dock. Since I can physically unmount one of the 2 drives, I can take one to a fireproof box in my place. 2) I create a RAR file for the entire session of the day that I copy to my local NAS that uploads on his own to Dropbox. I don't want to leave the studio computer running all night long. What do you guys think?
2017 Oct 19
Great tutorial! One of the most overlooked, but incredibly important topics.
2017 Oct 19
wondering exactly how Fab automatically backs up to dropbox (what software?)
2017 Oct 19
That's great, thank you very much! i'm definitely gonna try something out, after all it is time i changed my back up strategy...
2017 Oct 18
THIS is the most powerful studio secret in modern mixing today. It is devastating to lose a drive and not be able to recover anything that is/was on it. Unfortunately the Amazon Unlimited plan has gone away.
2017 Oct 18
Andrew + Fab = best tutorial