Studio Survival: How A.L.L. Digital Mastering Came All the Way Back from Disaster

Next month, on January 1st, 2013, my mastering studio A.L.L. Digital will turn 20 years old. I had envisioned a party, perhaps a night out with my clients, or at least some sort of commemoration of the event. I mean who expects when they take a risk and start a business at 23 that it will one day turn into their life-long career?

If you had asked me when I started what I thought I’d be doing 20 years on, the last thing I could have ever imagined saying would be “rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy”, but that is exactly what has happened.


If there is any advice I can offer you as musicians, engineers, producers and studio owners is to always prepare for the worst.

While every single piece of gear I owned was destroyed, I had every single session and file backed up to a cloud server so when I was able to procure my new rig it was just a matter of having the backup drive sent and restoring it all to my new system.I am 100% up and running (with even better monitoring now!) thanks to cloud backup. Take this advice seriously, even if it’s just for your home computers. If your backup is destroyed, where’s the backup of the backup?

Local backup drives are handy if your main drive fails, but in a real emergency you’d be completely lost without cloud backup. I used CrashPlan and they saved my musical and professional life. (And no, I was not paid to say that).

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