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Re: DAW configuration and reliability

From:

Tre Berney <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:48:28 +0000

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Mr. Fitzke,

I agree with your hesitations and inclinations. Especially given that a
lot of programs (Microsoft, Adobe, etc.) are using network-based resources
every time you run them. I guess it depends, though. We use Spectra-foo
and Wavelab for capture of audio and Blackmagic Media Express to capture
video (although Iım thinking of switching to Premier for the timecode
features- IU is using it)

1. I donıt run anything else during capture of either audio or video. I
work on my laptop as I capture things. Same with conversion, exporting,
and transcoding. I know that with processors getting exponentially faster
that some have slid toward multitasking, but I am archiving, so Iıll hedge
my bets.


2. I donıt partition with regard to audio/video. With a monster of an
application like AVID Media Composer, you might see issues with processor
business. Of course, we have one platform that essentially Iım willing
(and lucky) to stick with. I know that with processors getting
exponentially faster that some have slid toward multitasking, but I am
archiving, so Iıll hedge my bets.

3. We capture to a Promise Pegasus via thunderbolt for video and a 6TB
G-Drive (SATA) for audio. I utilize AVPSı Fixity for routine (weekly)
integrity checks on the 2 working archive stations and NASs. We just
purchased a computer to push files via rsync utility to more durable
server space and then on to the repository, ideally. Iım working to try to
make that one move in the future and not 2. In my case, I have redundancy
via mirrored RAID at the server level but no integrity checks on the CIT
server spaces (!!!, red flag, no-no).

I donıt know if this helps at all. (You probably already knew this stuff)

All the best, Fitz-

tre

Tre Berney
Multimedia Specialist, Cornell University Library
Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services
<http://www.library.cornell.edu/DSPS>
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On 7/29/14, 1:28 PM, "Karl Fitzke" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Hello everyone,
>
>I am game to hear anything anyone cares to share regarding how dedicated
>their computers are to audio and/or video workflows, i.e. how
>comfortable you are doing one and/or the other on any one computer, and
>why?  Do you install and run a minimum amount of software on any given
>DAW (or partition) or have you had good experience installing all kinds
>of applications and perhaps even running various apps at the same time?
>For example, someone just asked for Microsoft Office on his audio DAW
>here, something we have historically avoided.
>
>Things I've got in mind:
>
>1.
>The value of NOT running any other app than the one in use to capture,
>edit, or export (bounce), reserving all possible CPU power and I/O time
>for that alone.
>
>2.
>Wisdom of not mixing audio and video apps on one computer partition,
>because one may sometime require a different OS version than another, or
>hardware drivers.  Other potential interference?
>
>3.
>Timing and bandwidth of Networked vs Local External Firewire drives vs
>Local Internal for working storage.  Some level of RAID protection being
>required regardless of the approach.
>
>Agreeing with Chris Lacinak's paper on Interstitial Error, I believe
>that no matter what we do, it is smart to assume it will occur from
>time-to-time, and so it'd be great to avoid it is as much as practically
>possible and be able to detect when it has occurred as soon as possible.
>
>Please share what you will, on or off the listserve, thanks!
>
>Best wishes,
>Karl
>
>-- 
>
>Karl Fitzke
>Media Engineer
>Macaulay Library
>Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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>Ithaca, NY 14850
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