Cloud storage options for musicians, producers and DJs
Music production and DJ-ing has become increasingly accessible in the last ten years as the required equipment for recording and mixing is now predominantly digital and more accessible. A studio can now be set up in a bedroom and original hit songs quickly released to a growing fan base through a variety of media channels. Many British electronic music producers like Bicep or grime artists like Wiley started a cultural movement that reverberated around the world with just a standard home PC. Be it in a bedroom or a professional studio, data is often corrupted or mistakenly deleted and a career changing track could therefore be lost forever. Many music producers and DJs who rely on the digital storage of music have learnt this lesson the hard way. So whether you’re just starting out or have years of musical experience under your belt, this blog post looks at the options available and shows you that the safest way to secure your musical library is through the cloud.
Storing on laptop
Every day last year at least 126,000 people in the UK and US lost files stored on their PCs, with more than 80 percent of the incidents caused by hardware failure. Regardless of how well you maintain your hardware and its security system there is still a large risk of data loss. Financially, music data loss translates to a considerable sum of money when even the average user has over 2,000 tracks of music priced at around £1 each. Nevertheless, many people store their music just on their laptop hard drive and as a result lose their favourite songs and their money. Apart from data loss as a result of hardware failure there is also a lingering risk of theft. This is especially the case if as a producer or DJ you are travelling to and from public events.
Storing on external hard drives
Laptops are getting smaller and so are their internal hard drives. Therefore, many producers also choose to store their music collection on an external hard drive or USB dongle. These are a great option as they can store a lot of data, are incredibly portable for travel and will always be available for playback regardless of internet connectivity. This makes them the most popular option for producers and DJs across the world. However, there are considerable drawbacks to putting all your eggs in one basket. Firstly, hard drives have a set amount of storage capacity and as such, a large music library will require multiple hard drives making finding the right track incredibly time-consuming. Moreover, there remains the risk of hard drive failure, corruption, theft or damage. If you’re travelling and performing, the risk of this is even higher and the impact on your career is immediate. Therefore, relying on a system of external drives doesn’t really keep your library completely safe and can make music management very difficult.
The only storage method that always guarantees the safety of your music is via cloud storage. This doesn’t mean that you should completely abandon your external hard drives. Instead, the cloud can be used as a vital component of safe storage. With the cloud there is no need to scroll through multiple pieces of hardware thereby providing an uninterrupted workflow for musicians looking for samples. Whilst cloud storage used to be expensive and limited there are now a multitude of options that are steadily becoming more affordable.