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SafeandSoundMastering

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Re: backups
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2011, 03:02:14 pm »

It is a balance that can have you on the edge of madness and paranoia.

I have an entire PC loaded with apps ready to go, full spare system.

I drag and drop my daily projects to a simple external 1TB hard drive, no automated stuff.
I run Acronis True image on my pc's (4x, 2 in operation and 2back ups, one internet and one DAW) and keep all my essential applications on a drive in a folder to load up (my internet pc apps).

I have a spare modem.

If you don't have contingency that is not where professionalism is at.

I have a spare power amp available but do not have spare drivers, I tend not to beat the crap out of my monitors.
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Re: backups
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2011, 03:17:44 pm »

I have spare HDs, a spare plextor, and do regular backups with Carbon Copy Cloner. 

As far as extra analog outboard goes, I could hobble along until my main pieces got fixed, but it would be a far from ideal situation.  The monitoring going down would be a real problem, as it's hard to listen on headphones over the sound of mine own sobbing. 
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Re: backups
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2011, 04:26:02 pm »

The one practical benefit of a surround system is that you have spares for stereo ;)

Just today I was wondering what is the point in 5.1 audio. That makes perfect sense to me!
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Re: backups
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2011, 05:26:04 pm »

Just today I was wondering what is the point in 5.1 audio. That makes perfect sense to me!

exactly, i lol'd, mostly in mono tho.
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Re: backups
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2011, 12:14:23 pm »

Oh yes and a USB2.0 Plextor 7xx whatever and a NOS SATA internal one in my new i7 DAW.
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Re: backups
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2011, 01:15:57 pm »

You have to ask yourself "how many calendar days would it take to repair/replace X if it went down?"  And "How much revenue / client reputation would I loose if X went down?"  And compare it to "What would it cost to have a back up (that I may never use). 

This is a personal decision, as each engineer will have different values in this equation.
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Re: backups
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2011, 08:41:40 pm »

The "usual" rig is a PC and a Mac (two of each are in the room).  If the HEDD goes down, I have the QII and a couple other conversion options.  A few usable compressors and EQ's any one of which could go in for service without causing too much of an issue. 

The only thing I don't have a "solid" backup for (other than the speakers themselves) is my amplifier. 


And guess what needs service all of a sudden... 


Talked to some trusted ears and ordered an Emotiva XPA2 (or whatever it is) to keep me going while the Pass goes home for a visit. 
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Re: backups
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2011, 07:37:42 am »

That Emotiva seems to be very good value indeed and many good reports. You can't knock it.
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Re: backups
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2011, 12:16:22 pm »

And of course, now that it's on the way, not the tiniest little crackle from the X250 this morning... 

Well, that's the point of having backups -- Not needing them.
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Re: backups
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2011, 05:21:20 pm »

Puters, (Macs N pee Cee's), converters, (Forssell's N Lavry's), outboard, etc.

My macpro just toasted it's graphics card so I threw the Lynx PCIe AES 16 into the (late 2005) G5 N off we go again for playback!

The entire switch took 10 mins! 8)
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Re: backups
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2011, 12:39:17 am »

To be honest, I can barely afford one of anything I own so I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants over here!
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