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Old 06-29-2021, 08:11 AM
Matthew Steel Matthew Steel is offline
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Default Recording to shared storage in 2021?

What is the current state of recording in Pro Tools in facilities with several rooms/workstations?

1) Record to removable drives and sneakernet them to another system?
2) Record to local storage with a central NAS/server for transfer/archive?
3) Record directly to central NAS/server?
4) Fixed storage per workstation with peer-to-peer network shares? Is it feasible to record to a share on another workstation if the network is fairly local and decent speed?
5) Something else?

I am asking because we use a legacy shared RAID system that will need to be replaced at some time. This system is an iSCSI RAID that has dedicated point-to-point gigabit ethernet connections to two or three workstations. Sharing is managed by Studio Network Solutions SANmp such that any volume can be mounted by any connected workstation, although only one can have write access to a given volume at a time. At the time our current system was put together, this method was just about the only way to record to shared storage since Pro Tools required block level access to disk drives.

Probably our most demanding tracking requirement would be live events lasting several hours and recording 32 tracks or more. Or punching in fewer tracks at a time on sessions that could be significantly larger than that.
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Old 06-30-2021, 09:24 AM
Brandonx1 Brandonx1 is offline
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Default Re: Recording to shared storage in 2021?

. I switched to a NAS 6 months ago. An Qnap TVS-1288x. 10gbe connection. the ZFS filing system alone makes it worth it.
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