Data backup is as important in music production as it is in any other field–possibly even more important. However, it’s not as simple as backing up a single file, as most audio recording programs save to a series of files that all need to be backed up for data to truly be secure. Here’s a guide to backing up session files in Adobe Audition, potentially saving your home recordings if your computer crashes.
1. Open up the Adobe Audition session that you want to back up. Session files in Adobe Audition consist of an actual SES file and numerous WAV files–the wave files are the actual sounds that you’d recorded, and the session file merely organizes them all and keeps track of all your EQ and effects settings. Since overdubbed WAV files are usually shorter than a total file, you’ve got to back up both parts–you can’t just back up the WAV files, because there will be virtually no way to get them in order and recreate your sessions, and you can’t just back up the SES file, because it’s worthless without the WAVs.
2. Start by backing up the SES file. Hit “File,” then “Save Session As”, and save the SES file to a new hard drive. Remember, it doesn’t do you any good to back up your files to the same hard drive that they’re on–you’re still in the same trouble if that hard drive fails, so you definitely need an external or secondary internal drive to back everything up to. You can also use a flash drive, or burn files to a CD–just be aware that CDs degrade over time, so multiple back-ups will be necessary.
3. Back up the WAV files. This is fairly easy to do from inside Adobe Audition. Go to “File,” then “Save All Audio As.” You can then find or create a folder to transfer all of the WAV data to. Later, when you want to load a session file, Adobe Audition will prompt you to locate the relevant WAV files, and you merely have to point the program to the folder you’d created.
Save WAV files for different Adobe Audition sessions to different folders, or you’ll risk overwriting some files.
4. Back up your sessions often. Remember, a hard drive can fail at any time, so it’s important to make data backup a regular part of your Adobe Audition use. Always back up onto a data storage medium besides the original hard drive that the SES and WAV files were located on, and check your backed up session files occasionally to make sure that everything was backed up properly.
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