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So I’m doing some audio collaboration. My pal Rob is helping me out with the production of my new album and I was looking for a way for us to pass hundreds of megs of audio back and forth without having to upload and download the entire project again. To send only the changes to each other.

Seemed like a task that would be simple enough. This sort of thing must happen all the time in this crazy mixed-up world, right? I searched and asked around and couldn’t find any simple Windows solutions. So I had to head into Unix-land.

I now have a share set up on the Linux server in my basement which will hold the master audio files. Rob and I each have directories on our hard drives to mirror those files. We then use cwRsync to synchronize the directories to or from the server, depending on what we want to do.

It’ll still require coordination on our part. If we both make changes and upload our changes, we’ll overwrite the changes of the other person. But it should hopefully beat using an FTP site and uploading hundreds of megs every time we want to exchange projects.

Hopefully this will not all end in flames.

Posted on - September 8, 2006 [at] 1:22 pm by Brad
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4 Comments on this post

Heuristics Inc. on Nerdy audio collaboration
September 8, 2006 at 4:16 pm

Dunno how well it works yet since I’m just getting started but SVN (Subversion) claims to work well with binary files. And the server will run on Windows… anyway looks like you’ve got it set up but an option in case that one doesn’t work out.

Brad on Nerdy audio collaboration
September 8, 2006 at 10:08 pm

I thought about Subversion or CVS but I realized I didn’t really need version control and also probably it’d take up way too much hard drive space.

Robert Smoove on Nerdy audio collaboration
September 10, 2006 at 2:09 pm

You might consider a tool called Unison. It simplifies coordinating concurrent updates. Here’s the URL…


James on Nerdy audio collaboration
January 21, 2007 at 7:15 am

I’m actually trying to do exactly what you are. Did this solution work out for you?

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