Cloud cover

Computer Music - - Make Music Now -

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.

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