Let’s go to the archives. You should be able to look up anything in the world that has been filed or saved in a specific place. Think of your music the same way. You want to make your music invincible to the test of time. You want to insure the fact that in 100 years from now, someone will be able to access it.
You want to make backup copies of everything that you record, even the ones you are recording on. Some programs, like Pro Tools already have this feature built into their program. You are on your way to saving your work in case any sort of disaster my strike.
But don’t put all of your apples in one basket. What on Earth are you going to do if something happens to your hard drive. Let’s just say your drummer spills a beer on the computer in the middle of a session and the whole thing just burns out. There goes the last 57 hours you spent recording. (And probably your drummer) Not to worry if you backed yourself up in a second location.
You can always back yourself up on a CD or DVD. You can even go as far as getting an external hard drive. You’ll be glad you did if anything happens to the one directly linked to your programs. A pro to our digital world, is you can now actually back up information online, for example, Apple’s iCloud. It is capable of holding as much storage as you need (with a price of course)
Finally, your drummer wasn’t an idiot, all went smooth sailing and now you have your final copy of everything you backed up. Don’t you feel better? Let’s talking about how to archive that awesome CD you have for people to access it for generations to come.
The important thing is that you have the option to go back and remix it and to recall it exactly as it was first mixed. The hardcore solution would of course be to keep copies of the plugins with your sessions. And I guess a computer of the day in the closet but that might be a bit excessive.
Backing up and archiving is boring and most of us are really bad at it but believe me you’ll curse your laziness when your hard drive dies. In this day and age it’s so much simpler than before. With cloud services, cheap hard drives, and automatic backups there’s really no reason not to do it. I hope this guide is of help to you.