Recording audio with LC

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at
Thu Feb 24 17:25:44 EST 2011

I decided that RAID arrays aren't really useful as a "backup" after my last
disaster (Raid rebuilds on a 500 gig drive takes longer than 8 hours), I
hate the fact that files are accessible from a single drive after a crash of
one, and have gone to a mirror strategy with regular backups done several
times a day.

The archive master is fed from a collection drive first to save wear and
tear on the archive master. So at times there are three copies of the latest
transfers existing. Then I use FolderSynchroniser or Carbon Copy Cloner to
maintain sync between versions. This is multi-gig sized video and audio

RAID is great for faster access time, but for archive, it scares me.
Definitely good to separate the working from the archive.

On 24 February 2011 11:17, Bob Sneidar <bobs at> wrote:

> I concur. We have an Archives department here which is archiving all the
> audio and video from years past. I am responsible for the infrastructure. I
> configured an Apple Xsan so that we could expand if the need ever arose (and
> it did). I have a second RAID that is NOT a member of the SAN as a backup,
> because if I ever lost a controller, I could lose the metadata (different
> kind of metadata) and lose the data on the SAN. Keeping the backup storage
> separate from the SAN (and off site if you can) is something to consider.
> Now about the concur part. The original guy who set all this up didn't have
> any really good workflow, and he was keeping records, first in old Filemaker
> documents, then in Excel, then in a mix of other things, and today they
> cannot tell you what state any message is in or what forms it has been saved
> in, as in Radio Masters, web MP3,s aiff originals, aiff edited etc.
> The reason for that is they never developed a consistent workflow. Your
> situation may be simpler, but a consistent workflow is ESSENTIAL to this
> kind of work. The words, "I'll get to that later" should NEVER enter into
> your mind. If it needs to be done, make it part of the workflow.
> Bob
> On Feb 24, 2011, at 9:57 AM, stephen barncard wrote:
> > As one who archives audio and video all the time, I can pass along some
> > pointers for this task.
> >
> > I don't think you can expect Livecode to handle recording that many audio
> > streams, and there is no reliable way to 'monitor' the audio stream to
> > detect level thresholds in Livecode. I've tried it. Audio in Livecode is
> > primitive at best, and timers to stop the recording will fail eventually
> -
> > some cassettes are 30, 60, 90, 120 minutes long.
> <snip>
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Stephen Barncard
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