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Network attached storage to run sessions for pro tools

I’m setting up a new studio and it’s only gonna be 2 rooms. We’ve already had an IT guy setup the network and I was talking to him about setting up network attached storage. He thinks I should use that storage for all of our sessions but most studio owners I’ve talked to suggest to use a fast local drive (tb3 ssd) and use the nas for storage. How are most of you guys dealing with storage and backup?
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Video house stream way more demanding material all the time. i wonder if there are any latency or data integrity concerns in regards to audio.
I am going to be setting up a server soon so count me interested.
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most studio owners I’ve talked to suggest to use a fast local drive (tb3 ssd) and use the nas for storage
Is the simple answer

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i wonder if there are any latency or data integrity concerns in regards to audio.
For this reason

It is entirely possible, but you need to invest in decent quality hardware to support multiuser low-latency networking suitable for running entire studio projects.

A NAS for storage/backup and peer-to-peer networking to share current project material directly between your two rooms might be a good starting point.
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Video house stream way more demanding material all the time. i wonder if there are any latency or data integrity concerns in regards to audio.
I am going to be setting up a server soon so count me interested.
It's more read/write speeds. Slower disks don't cause latency - you'll just have recordings drop out with a disk to slow error.

likewise data integrity - will never be an issue unless your network is faulty. again you'll just get recordings stopping.

Video houses generally aren't recording to their drives. When I worked post, all recording happened to local drives and then copied to network drives.

Which is the logical way to work. Record local; backup to the network using Chronosync or similar.
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Thanks for that!

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It's more read/write speeds. Slower disks don't cause latency - you'll just have recordings drop out with a disk to slow error.

likewise data integrity - will never be an issue unless your network is faulty. again you'll just get recordings stopping.

Video houses generally aren't recording to their drives. When I worked post, all recording happened to local drives and then copied to network drives.

Which is the logical way to work. Record local; backup to the network using Chronosync or similar.
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Video houses generally aren't recording to their drives. When I worked post, all recording happened to local drives and then copied to network drives.
Times have changed!!
We now use fiber for Ultra HD. TB3 to a Sanlink over fiber to server.
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Times have changed!!
We now use fiber for Ultra HD. TB3 to a Sanlink over fiber to server.
Sounds pricey haha
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Times have changed!!
We now use fiber for Ultra HD. TB3 to a Sanlink over fiber to server.

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Sounds pricey haha
I was gonna say - possibly overkill for recording?!
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I was gonna say - possibly overkill for recording?!

We're also a video house!!
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We're also a video house!!
I guessed from your username I was thinking more for the OP and his requirements.
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I was gonna say - possibly overkill for recording?!
Not really tbh, for supporting mutli-user mutli-track recording across a network
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Not really tbh, for supporting mutli-user mutli-track recording across a network
Well, I’d argue that multi-user, multi-track recording across a network is unnecessary in your average studio!

Network backup sure. If there’s a reason several users might want to access the same session at the same time - well that’s risky/unusual but ok.

I’ve never worked in a studio that hasn’t run sessions locally, but I’m sure they exist. But I’ve also never had issues needing to run any other way.

For most people you’d be better off putting the money somewhere else I’d have thought, but whatever needs are I guess!

The OP has 2 rooms and already has a network set up. I just don’t see the benefits vs cost of potentially redoing all that just to be able to record over a network.

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Well, I’d argue that multi-user, multi-track recording across a network is unnecessary in your average studio!
I'm only saying *if* you want to go down that rabbit hole ..

That's why I recommended keeping it simple to the OP.
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I'm only saying *if* you want to go down that rabbit hole ..

That's why I recommended keeping it simple to the OP.
yes fair point!
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