I wonder, if I am the only person who sometimes feels, that previously edited reordings or soundeffects are not that good as you thought they would be. Lately I went through all of my edited material and while most of them were good or ok, some of them were just bad. I tried to fix them, but after a short time I gave up and deleted them.

So my question is: do you go through your material from time to time and get rid of bad samples or do you keep everthing you made?

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That would be never. Even noisy, poor recordings of interesting things take on different meanings and uses when you listen to them months, or sometimes years, later. As one's techniques and equipment/software improves, sometimes older recordings can be salvaged with better plug-ins or, more likely, more refined techniques.

Hard drive space is cheap. Time to re-record things is not. I never delete any old raw files or sessions, ever.

  • Ok.Now Ive got a bad conscience =). I think I still have the raw material somewhere on my external HD, so Im gonna take your advice and will see if someday I can "save" these recordings with better plugins. Commented Oct 24, 2010 at 11:33
  • @Nathan +1000000 on the principle Harddrives is cheap. I think this originated from "Tape is Cheap" because the only thing you are ever asked for by clients is the tape you destroyed because you thought you no longer needed it (doh!). P.S. GO GIANTS!!!!!!!
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    Commented Oct 25, 2010 at 6:27

I agree with @NoiseJockey. I would buy an external hard drive if you need the space, copy all the data across and keep it safe, you never know when you might need them.


Keep everything - you never know the context under which they might be useful....

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