Back up. Wait, that’s not a command, I’m simply referring to the least enjoyable aspect of production work. Hard to believe that a couple of decades ago a cassette or 1/4” safety served as the sole protection against a fire taking down the studio you labored so hard in to create your masterpiece.
Mozy, Carbonite, Aadrive; today there are multiple web services that help you achieve a measure of peace, secure in the knowledge that files residing on your hard drive also live up in the heavens somewhere. But as helpful as they can be, if you’ve used any of these products you know that to date no practical back up procedures have been developed that can satisfy the requirements of the working musician or studio owner. Gobbler (www.gobbler.com), the brain child of CEO Chris Kantrowitz and Mike Gitig aims to scratch that need.
Still in beta and not yet available for Windows machines, Gobbler is an application designed to work with all of the major digital audio workstations. Your sessions and files can be backed up, preserved, and shared with other users quickly- and speed is key if you’re a professional musician or studio owner.
Gobbler is not a thin client. The term refers to programs like Facebook that don’t require you to download an application’s software to your computer in order to access it. Engineers are currently working to implement this feature.
Currently, Gobbler has some very interesting elements. It takes a look at your hard drives, makes incremental back ups on a schedule you set, and uploads only the audio that has been created since your last back up. Gobbler can also make copies of your projects and all associated audio within a network. Tell it to create a local back up by taking a session from your root drive and copying it to another drive; that’s simple.
I’ve never had any problems with audio that’s been degraded by traveling down the yousendit.com pipeline, but Mike Gitig says that the .flac algorithm they use is extremely fast and lossless- I’ll report back to you when I’m able to demo the product on my Win 7 machine.
If Gobbler catches on I expect the product will integrate video and photo capability. But don’t get greedy- I know you’d like back up your Word docs and Quicken accounts, but the company says that Gobbler is and will remain a tool for musicians to put to work only in the creation of their art.
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