– “No Regrets: Preservation Techniques Past, Present and Future” featured Iron Mountain Entertainment Services’ Barry Cardinael and Kelly Pribble –
LOS ANGELES, CA – At the recent Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, TN, Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services, the leading storage and information management company, was represented at a highlighted panel, “No Regrets: Preservation Techniques Past, Present and Future,” part of the convention’s TEC Tracks series of educational sessions. Barry Cardinael, Project Manager, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, and Iron Mountain Audio Engineer Kelly Pribble served as panelists, alongside fellow panelist Mark Needham, Engineer, Producer, Mixer (Chris Isaak, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers); as well as moderator Jim Kaiser (Director of Technology, MasterMix, and Audio Engineering Technology instructor at Belmont University).
The session took place Thursday, July 13, at the convention’s TEC Tracks area. An artist, engineer or producer will spend hours in the studio recording, tracking, overdubbing and finally mastering their latest project or hit single. But after the heavy lifting is done, what are they doing to ensure the preservation and archival of all the hard work? This panel brought together leaders in the industry from a number of different disciplines to help guide attendees and give them practical information on how to save and preserve their most valued works.
The discussion outlined best practices for archiving, including all documentation (agreements, session logs, settings, etc.), deliverables beyond the main project (instrumentals, a cappellas, TV tracks, vocal-up and vocal-down mixes, etc.) and possible issues with hard drives (including lifespans and horror stories). The session also covered the problems with Cloud storage, issues with analog tape storage and recovery, approaches for archiving on a budget and much more.
“As the global leader for storage and information management services, we are in a unique position to share our perspective and expertise with the music community in regards to archiving and preservation,” noted Greg Parkin, Director of Digital Solutions for Iron Mountain Entertainment Services. “The digital revolution has obviously given everyone far more access to recording their work, but archiving sometimes takes a back seat. Archiving is more important than ever, and it is important to share these concerns, concepts and best practices with the creative artists and engineers that can put this information to use in their day-to-day work.”
Photo caption: The “No Regrets: Preservation Techniques Past, Present and Future” panel at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, part of the convention’s TEC Tracks series of educational sessions. Pictured L-R: panel moderator Jim Kaiser (Director of Technology, MasterMix, and Audio Engineering Technology instructor at Belmont University), and panelists Mark Needham (engineer/producer/mixer); Kelly Pribble, Iron Mountain Audio Engineer; and Barry Cardinael, Project Manager, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.