I'm in the middle or recording an album, and my bandmate is in the next county. I'm currently using box.net to share mixes with him, but I have no easy way of sharing the multitrack files.

I've got notes on the mixes on text files in the same folders as the files, and it'd be great if we could share those as well. (Of course, we'd actually work on them on a local drive.)

Does anyone know of a free or cheap FTP or backup site that'll take files up to 200 - 300 megabytes?

Now for the part that's music-specific: If there were some way to keep mix notes online, something faster than, say, Google Documents, that would make this whole thing easier.

(It's possible this belongs on SuperUser or the Web Apps site, but I'd like to hear what audio folk have to say about this.)

  • Is your bandmate modifying the multitrack files and/or the notes? – BenV Dec 20 '10 at 2:08
  • He'd like to be able to. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Dec 20 '10 at 2:18

DropBox could probably used to accomplish this. You can use up to 2 gigs for free, and it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

This would allow either of you to modify your notes and the changes would automatically be snynched to the other's computer.

You can also check out some of the alternatives listed in this article.

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  • Dropbox doesn't seem to like garageband files. When I put them in my desktop dropbox, the files on the server are significantly smaller than the local files. The web client doesn't like them at all, the uploader page is returning an error, and the "simple uploader" just freezes. I'll try again tomorow. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Dec 20 '10 at 3:15
  • Looks like other people have used it with garageband... forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=2149 – BenV Dec 20 '10 at 3:24
  • GarageBand uses what's called an OSX Package file, non-Macs tend to not understand them. Zipping the file seems to be doing the trick. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Dec 20 '10 at 3:54
  • @neilfein: ah, good find. – BenV Dec 20 '10 at 4:14
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    Dropbox is incredible for this kind of work. Works fine with Logic Pro. – Redbeard Dec 20 '10 at 5:55

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