It’s now possible to keep your entire sample library stored online in the cloud, as opposed to having it taking up a big chunk of space on your local machine. In principle, this seems great, particularly if you’re considering using a service like Noiiz to catalogue and store your sounds. However, there are several reasons why the local sample library isn’t dead just yet.
First, for those of us who’ve been collecting samples for a decade or more, it’s easy to rack up a samples folder containing hundreds of thousands of individual sounds – cataloguing that lot by key and uploading would certainly cut into your precious studio time! Also, there’s the thorny issue of internet access – if you’re somewhere without a decent connection, your samples will be tantalisingly out of reach... which could be a buzzkill on those long train or plane journeys.
A good compromise is to maintain your local library, but use a cloud backup service such as Dropbox or Google Drive to keep a synchronised copy online too. Not only will you be able to access your sounds when you’re away from your computer, but companies such as iDrive will even post you an external hard drive containing your data if the unthinkable happens.