As a musician or a producer, you’ve probably spent years practicing and creating music. It’s a common experience for musicians to produce a lot of demo’s until they’ve finally created a project that’s worth releasing online.
It’s also a common experience for musicians to lose an important project, either because of theft, due to a fire, or even something as mundane as losing your hard drive. Armin van Buuren once said at a lecture that a set of decent hard drives is the best investment you could make as a musician (he’s probably speaking out of experience).
We here at Inside Audio are looking for the perfect data solution, a solution that keeps your files truly secure and safe, easy to manage and centrally stored. After having worked with heaps of loose hard drive, it truly was time for a better solution!
As our own setup, we are working with various laptops and a production computer for music, so it was important to have quick access to our data from various computers. It’s also important that the data is safely stored, has expansion capabilities and is easy to manage.
During our search, we quickly arrived at the NAS system. A NAS is a sort of dock for hard drives that are directly connected to a network. This essentially means you have a hard drive that is shared via your network. There are various user-friendly NAS systems with a lot of expansion capabilities.
For our project, we chose the QNAP NAS TS-431P2-4G, which has 4 hard drive slots, 4GB internal ram (which comes in handy when you’re working with multiple users) and a dual-core processor running at 1.7 GHz.
You have the option to enable the so-called RAID configuration so that all data written to one drive is automatically copied over to a second drive. This means that when one drive crashes all your data is still readily available on the other drive. Next, to this, we are also running a back-up on an off-site location on a separate hard drive, so we always have 3 copies of the date, a watertight setup!
Installing the NAS isn’t too much of a hassle. After we’ve put our desired hard drives into the NAS bays, we simply plug the NAS into our router using a UTP-cable. It will make various noises as it boots. Next, you simply scan the QR-code on the device and you’re nearly done! After creating an account and installing the firmware, you’ll have access to the storage environment.
Above here you’ll find some screenshots of the installation process. If you don’t manage to install it using those examples, don’t sweat it! There are numerous tutorials and explanations of QNAP’s systems on the internet. You can expand your NAS with all kinds of apps just like you’d do on your phone. Missing a feature? Big chance there is an app out there that will do just what you need!
On different computers, we’ve sorted a map by name, to which we can drag data and open it. The data put in the map will be directly stored on your NAS, which means 3 layers of back-ups!
We are very pleased with this solution. We used to have up to eight hard drives lying around the office each with different data, not even having a single back-up of any of it.
Have any questions about NAS? Or are you interested in knowing whether it’s the right fit for you? Let us know in the comments!