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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:56 pm
by Mike Stranks
Well it's been a while... the world's moved on quite a bit... now doing more video than audio, but keeping my hand in from time to time.

Mega-disaster 3 weeks ago: Multimic, multitrack high profile live recording which took me almost all day to rig. Now using a Cymatic 16-track fed from the inserts of a 16-mic mixer. Hard-disk failure after about 5 minutes of the concert... First time in over 50 years I've had a total failure like that.... A lesson has been learnt...

Toodle-pip.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:59 pm
by James Perrett
Welcome back Mike!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:01 pm
by Kwackman
Nice to see you back again Mike. :wave:

Condolences on the disc failure.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:04 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Welcome back Mike. You've been much missed!

Hard drive failure? Doesn't bear thinking about, does it? Haven't had one for so long now that it's not been a consideration, but you're quite right: it could happen to any of us at anytime. And SSDs or memory cards aren't immune either.

I always used to run a backup recorder, but then moved onto a single recorder that wrote to two drives simultaneously (SADiE), but there aren't many that allow that. Now I mostly use a Nagra VI which copies each take automatically from the HDD to a compact flash card, but a drive failure would scupper the last take.

Food for thought when it comes to unrepeatable recording sessions!

H

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:19 pm
by The Elf
Open arms, mate. Good to see you here. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:43 pm
by IAA
Great to see you back, I really appreciated your posts. :clap:

Ian

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:26 pm
by ConcertinaChap
Seriously chuffed to see you back. Let's organise a sosmeet again in the spring!

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:49 pm
by Guest
The Elf wrote:Open arms, mate. Good to see you here. :thumbup:

+1 I really appreciated your advice an various things.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:58 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Mike! hey man, nice to see you! I took a while out as well, and popped back for a splash but the water in here is lovely so I stayed in the pool :tongue:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:17 pm
by Wonks
Wonks sends some bunny hops.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:20 pm
by Wonks
Did the HDD totally fail, or did it just stop recording? A friend found that his HDD attached to his Cymatic kept stopping recording at various times from vibrations when it all got loud. He changed to an SSD and that cured the issue.

Until his singer knocked the recorder off the table to the ground...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:30 pm
by Mike Stranks
Wonks wrote:Did the HDD totally fail, or did it just stop recording? A friend found that his HDD attached to his Cymatic kept stopping recording at various times from vibrations when it all got loud. He changed to an SSD and that cured the issue.

Until his singer knocked the recorder off the table to the ground...

Just stopped recording.... So I'd restart and it would run for a variable amount of time - 30 secs-5mins - and then stop again.

And it was a choral concert with narration and piano accompaniment so nothing too loud.

I've subsequently tried the disc and recorder set-up again at home and had the same problems of repeated failures. Another hard-drive and everything's tickety-boo...

Strange thing is that running diagnostics on the iffy disc came back with a clean bill of health.

So in the future I'll always have a spare hard-drive/proven USB sticks plus the Zoom F4. If the worst come to the worst then it'll be a straight mix to stereo... just like the good old days! :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:04 am
by CS70
Welcome back MIke! You've been missed!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:08 am
by CS70
Mike Stranks wrote:Strange thing is that running diagnostics on the iffy disc came back with a clean bill of health.

It does sound like a power supply failure. There's nothing wrong with the electronics, but simply every so often they stop receiving any juice, and stop.

I had an old Lacie disk doing just that, swapped the power supply and it was just fine.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:22 am
by Hugh Robjohns
If the disk check reported a clean bill of health I'd be suspicious of a power supply issue too.

H