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Production PC & Laptop file transfer questions

Post by AK » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:05 pm

So I got myself a laptop for music on the move as I am away from home a lot.

Straight to the questions as I'm not too great with computer specifics. Say I make some parts of a track on my desktop pc and want to transfer those files to my laptop, what would be the best/quickest way to do this?

The obvious way is to bounce out the audio from Ableton and onto a USB drive and copy them over to the laptop but copying back and forth seems ancient and I was wondering if I could connect the 2 over wifi and whether that woud be quicker?

I have icloud too but uploading then downloading seems the longest route with my connection.

I tried connecting the 2 computers with remote desktop but it doesn't seem to be working, my desktop pc is win 7 home premium and my laptop is win 10 home edition so I'm wondering if this type of connection is even possible on these versions of windows? ( professional only? )

Is USB drives the best way? Any other suggestions would be great :)

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Re: Production PC & Laptop file transfer questions

Post by hydrogen » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:03 pm

USB is the easiest choice. I tried that remote stuff but it's challenge to setup, I think I gave up as well :)

I'm sure with enough googling it would work. Might also consider doing Ethernet transfer. It would be faster than wifi.

I also found if my laptop is a Mac using VSTs I can transfer project without having to render audio. But your both on windows machines.

Sorry I guess I'm not much more than an echo chamber here :)
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Re: Production PC & Laptop file transfer questions

Post by John Clees » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:45 pm

Just have a small portable external hard drive and save everything to the hard drive and then plug it in to which machine you're using.

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Re: Production PC & Laptop file transfer questions

Post by AK » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:43 pm

Cheers guys. I ditched the idea of trying to remotely connect the 2 computers, no point.

I have an external HD actually, it's connected to my desktop pc and it has my entire sample library on it but there's a weird thing going on with some USB ports on my desktop pc, the external drive just rests on top of the computer tower under my studio desk but I only have to move it slightly and windows no longer sees it and I have to get under my desk and fiddle around the back until it shows up again. Stupid thing, dunno what's going on there but it doesn't like to be moved at all.

But anyway I think I'm just gonna order a few 128gig USB sticks off E-Bay and copy my entire sample library to 1 of them and just use that. Easy now I think of it :) lol

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