Sharing Your Home Recording Files - dummies

By Jeff Strong

Because your music is stored on a hard drive, you can transfer the data to other systems. The advantages of file sharing are far-reaching. You can collaborate with other people without ever being in the same room together.

The disadvantage of file sharing is that there isn’t yet a single standard for saving data. Some recorders use proprietary file formats that only a system from the same manufacturer can open.

If you’re concerned about being able to transfer data from one system to another, look for a system that can import and export WAV or AIFF files. Nearly all computer-based programs and stand-alone systems are compatible with these file types. SIAB systems may or may not have this capability.

All is not lost if you have a system that has a proprietary file format. All digital recorders have jacks in them that enable you to transfer the data from one system to another.

This means that you can send your file from your system to a computer and then use software to convert the file into a format that another person’s recorder can read. (The software that you choose varies depending on the systems that you want to transfer the files to and from.) If you’re doing a lot of transferring, this can be time consuming, but for the occasional transfer, it’s no big deal.

If you work with a system that can save files in the WAV or AIFF format, you don’t have this problem, and you can easily transfer your stuff from one machine to another. Also, if you’re transferring songs from one system to another system of the same type (a Zoom R24 to another Zoom R24, for instance), you don’t have to worry about file conversion either.