In the universe of music and recording equipment there is no topic more sexy, more exciting, more controversial than blank media. The very fact that you're reading this proves that it. But seriously, we've all passed around a thumb drive with the demos on it, or spent the evening before a gig giddily burning CDs, printing labels and cutting out inserts. There is excitement in what you're using it for and that's the real value.
Picking up some blank media seems pretty straight forward. How complicated can it be? Then you get hit with all of the options… and then your brain turns to blank media. In addition to simply transporting music and files, there are a vast array of hardware and devices that make use of various media formats for internal and portable storage.
The first and most obvious thing to do is bust open the manual for your gear and find out what is recommended by the manufacturer. Some gear - especially older stuff - has very specific requirements for memory. If you're like a lot of us and you chronically lose the user manual within minutes after opening the box, most manufacturers have PDF versions available on their website.
Many portable and hand-held recording devices use SD cards for onboard storage. It's obviously a drag to suddenly realize you're out of space and don't have a spare, but there are also some very good reasons to avoid having different projects on the same card. It would be a shame if your death metal band stumbled across your polka demos. In any case you always want a couple of spare SD cards on hand.
Same with your hardware samplers and loopers. You'll have your "performance" card with all the samples you need for the gig (you backed that up to another card right?), and you've probably got a couple cards containing your experiments too. Plus the backups. And your backup backups. (Did we mention the backups?). Your media won't be blank for long.
Mostly you should think about how you are going to use your blank media. You don't need to buy a 128GB flash drive if you're just handing out copies of your new EP. On the other hand, maybe you want to record your entire DJ set every night, in which case you need lots of storage. If you're burning CDs and DVDs some disks can be directly printed on with an inkjet CD printer, others not. Some disks are water resistant - you can get pushed into the pool at the party, and your mix will still make it to the club.
Whether it's a stack of blank CD-R's, DVD's, SD cards, or Flash Drives jewel cases, disk labels, or heck, even printer ink, Sweetwater has you covered. And don't forget, in addition to being extensively trained on our products, our sales and support folks are musicians and recordists like yourself and they love to talk shop. We're happy to get on the phone with you, answer your questions and help you figure out which blank media is best for your projects.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.