Roland AIRA Series, 1.10: Everything Gets Smarter, USB Backup and Restore

Roland has updated the firmware for the first full AIRA line (TR-8 drum machine, TB-3 bassline sequencer, VT-3 vocal processor, SYSTEM-1 synthesizer) today to version 1.10. There are no new sounds – in case you wanted, say, a 727 drum kit for your TR-8. But instead, the whole range gets USB backup and restore, and functionality around working with patterns and MIDI gets a whole lot smarter. This isn’t just a few fixes; it really does polish off the AIRA series and address a lot of the points I found a bit limiting using them some months ago. And just …

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Protect Your Work, Movage Your Storage, and Stop Using DVDs for Archiving and Backups

Kevin Kelly recently posted about digital continuity on The Technium. He references David Pogue’s experience of having problems reading DVDs which were only 4 years old. No problem, I thought: I’ve got all of the original iMovie projects backed up on DVD, in clear cases, neatly arrayed in a drawer next to my desk. (My hard drive wasn’t big enough to hold those 50 videos a year.) Guess what? On the Mac I use for video editing, most of the DVD’s were unreadable. They’re less than four years old! Tried them on another machine. About half of them were readable. …

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Off The Shelf RAID 5 for Uncompressed Editing on HD4NDs

Mike has a bit of a discussion on using RAID for uncompressed editing. Mac-centric, but the same issues apply for the PC world. Mike links to a 2 reviews (here and here) of the Caldigit HDPro (US$8000 for 6TB). A little expensive, but one of his commentors points out that DIY systems can be put together for about 50% of the price. Probably not particularly useful information for your next club VJ gig, but for those of us who are starting to edit in HD (and like myself, glancing towards uncompressed HDMI capture) the combination of high write speeds and …

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Attach Your Storage to the Network: NAS Setup and Links

DVGuru have reminded me about something on my projects list which really should be assigned a higher priority: Networked storage. Australian Tech Blogger of Uberness Dan has touched on this in the past and a more recent article which includes a magic list of NAS devices which allow drive spin-down. This is critical; a consumer hard drive left turned on 24/7 (which is likely for a NAS) will have its live expectancy drastically reduced if the device doesn’t power down the drive when not in use. The Mapower device from the Automated Home article does include customizable spin-down. Dan’s original …

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