After four days of working with the good people in IT at my employer, I'm told the hard drive with all the data is seriously screwed.
I'm sending it to a data recovery specialist -- it's going to cost somewhere between $700 and $3000, IF they can recover it.
Dreading this, obviously. Can't believe the bloody thing failed. I had even installed a diagnostic on the drive months ago that's supposed to alert the user to a problem. It said it was working fine.
So frustrating. I can't imagine having to recreate all that work. It's thinkable. : (
This is obviously pretty crappy news and means at best case a delay of another couple of weeks and possibly a couple of months if I have to redo the video. God I really can't imagine having to do that. Ugh.
On a more positive note, the cover art is coming together. I was going to post a work in progress because I wanted to give you folks a little something in exchange for your continued patience, but I think I should wait until we're 99% done with it. Travis is working hard and I wouldn't want to share his unfinished work, just as I'd not have wanted the unmixed audio to be shared.
Soon, friends, soon.
Meanwhile, if you are Pedro Cerrano from Major League, give Jobu some kind of offering so that this damn hard drive gets fixed, please.
Hello friends. I hope the last several weeks have seen you well.
They have seen me very busy with Mr. Metoyer, and I am very pleased to say that we are FINISHED MIXING THE AUDIO. As usual, we battled the typical ghost-in-the-machine heinosity that seems to plague Redemption in the studio, but we got through it and I think the finished mix (not yet mastered) reflects a true-to-life performance (don't listen for the clams, I pray thee!) recorded under some challenging conditions but puts that show's best foot forward.
As a reward for your patience, and I ask that you do not pass this around, here's one of the tracks. It's one that we recorded on our previous live DVD -- gotta keep the new material sacrosanct, after all, or the label will kill me -- but it's a different take. I think the most notable difference is that Ray's voice is much clearer at this concert. He had a pretty bad cold when we recorded Frozen in the Moment. This has a very quick-and-dirty mastering filter slapped on it to approximate something closer to what the finished product will sound like, but it has not been actually mastered yet so the finished version should sound even better.
I give you: Fall on You, 2012 version, attached somewhere to this update.
Now…from the good news to the awful news. Again, ghost-in-the-machine horribleness.
My workhouse Mac Pro where all the magic happens (har har) is 6 years old now. Might as well be 60 years in terms of computing advances. It is time for a new one. I had been holding off for about a year because of all the changes in the Mac architecture and I didn’t want to find myself being terribly out of date, but it couldn’t wait any more so a week ago I ponied up for a big ol’ expensive Mac Pro with most of the trimmings – something that would tide me over for the new few years while the computing world (most importantly Avid, who makes Pro Tools which is the industry standard for audio recording) decided how eager they were to embrace the beautiful new black trash-can that is the upcoming Mac Pro.
It began innocently enough, with an effort to “migrate” my old system and files over to the new computer. It ended last night with the realization that my old hard drive has failed. It’s currently in the hands of a data recovery specialist.
Why is this of concern to you, our dear backers? Well...ALL of the video work for the concert is on that hard drive. Before you (rightly) accuse me of being an idiot for not backing it up, I will point out that the Final Cut Pro manual says, if you look up how to back up files, “you could sort of use this feature but it really doesn’t work and by the way, why would you need to back up the files anyway, just finish them to Quicktime and presto you’re done, you’d never want to go back to the source files to make edits after all that, nothing to see here, move on, please don’t consider this a bug.” Third party websites essentially say – if you search for how to back up Final Cut Pro files – that “the backup system doesn’t work, don’t try it, if you try it, know that we warned you, and by the way it doesn’t work very well if you just forget that we said that at the beginning of this sentence.”
Bottom line: I’ve got 300gb of work that took me several weeks and it is in hard drive limbo. It’s like Keanu’s character in the white train station in the least comprehensible of the Matrix movies where that weird dude from Road Warrior with the bad teeth is leering at him. Where the hell is this data, and how do I get it back???!?!?!?
We are in for a rough ride if the data recovery guy tells me I am hosed. Frankly it is too awful to contemplate. So I would rather we all focus on the fact that in a couple of days, hopefully, things will be right as rain again and I can output the final QuickTime video to the specs required by the mastering house, send that with the audio, and get this thing authored.
Nothing comes easy for Redemption. But it makes the little victories that much sweeter. Thanks again for your friendship and support. More to come, and soon, and hopefully good news. I can share the cover artwork in its current state with you next time, too, if this audio file doesn't leak anyplace. :)
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