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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.

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Equipment & Software

Online Services:

  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • Amazon Prime

Softwares:

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

Local Clouds

  • Transporter
  • OwnCloud
  • Clouds Syncronisation
  • MultCloud
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Mentors
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.

Scheps is known for his balanced and modern sounding mixes. He is also the owner and president of Tonequake Records

Credits

Beyonce

Lana Del Rey

Red Hot Chili Peppers

U2

Michael Jackson

Green Day

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fpred
2017 Nov 13
Very very practical and importat video for today┬┤s work strategy. The best tandem A&F F&A Thanks a lot
TOMMYMATOE
2017 Oct 31
So what is the tech. for a typical home dummie like me and some other guy/gal??
CyberMinions
2017 Oct 30
AMAZING. Thanks :)
rpierrot
2017 Oct 28
AWS now charges $60/year for 1TB .... No more UNLIMITED storage for 60 Bucks ... https://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&node=15547130011&ref_=cd_auth_home
bildjan
2017 Oct 27
you guys sound like dropbox salesmen :-) Great advise though
erickp
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 http://www.drobo.com/ 3- Cloud Backup: https://www.cloudberrylab.com/ + Amazon EC2 or Glacier Et voila! Erick P. Montreal, Canada
beatweezl
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.
Candymanjl
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.
mataran
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!
AScheps
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!
ShameDawg
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?
AndresDaza
2017 Oct 25
Whats the very OCD naming system Fab uses? This would be great to know
darrenjensen
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 ?
leonido
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?
composermikeglaser
2017 Oct 19
Great tutorial! One of the most overlooked, but incredibly important topics.
Tripp
2017 Oct 19
wondering exactly how Fab automatically backs up to dropbox (what software?)
Tas
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...
WombatStudio.Org
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. https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/08/amazon-ends-its-unlimited-cloud-storage-plan/
bataleo
2017 Oct 18
Andrew + Fab = best tutorial
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