View Full Version : Collaboration/FTP/etc. How to?

04-23-2007, 06:18 AM
I have a friend that lives 1000 miles from me and I would like to collaborate with him on some songs using Reaper. If you have experience doing "long distance" recording like this- how do you do it? I suppose the project data needs FTP'd to a "holding tank" for the collaborator to access...please advise.

04-25-2007, 07:05 PM
If you have access to an server and can FTP that is probably the best bet. I live in Denver and collaborate with a keyboard player in Michigan. What I did recently was use the consolidate function in Reaper (using.ogg files) and then put the whole project file up on putstuff.com. That way he could open a project and the file sizes were managable. Then he would record the keys and post just the new wav files back on putstuff, and I would work them into the project. It is kind of the poor mans solution, but it worked out really well.

04-25-2007, 08:50 PM
I don't know if this (http://www.vstunnel.com) might be any help. I've never yet used it due to complications at the other end of the intended collaboration.

04-26-2007, 06:20 AM
I find the VSTunnel very interesting, but what bigwoody suggested is closer to what I was thinking.

04-26-2007, 12:05 PM
Here is what I did. I took an old laptop and loaded Ubuntu linux on it. then I created a user log in for my buddy. then I installed set up and configured SSH (using #sudo apt-get install openssh-server ... or for more complete instructions: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/how-to-mount-a-remote-folder-using-ssh-on-ubuntu/) had my buddy download and install this: http://winscp.net/eng/index.php.

Then I had to open up my firewall and create a path for my buddy to my machine... basically you have your buddy hit this site: http://whatsmyip.org/ and that will tell you his IP address. In your router admin you should be able to set up a firewall exception that will direct all traffic from your buddies IP address to the local DHCP IP address assigned to your new Ubuntu Linux box.

Only thing you have to do then is hit http://whatsmyip.org/ yourself and send your IP address to him, and you should be rocking.

when the link fails, just check that your (or your buddy's) IP address (as assigned by your ISP) has not changed.

I am far from a computer genius. This might sound hard, but you should be able to get it to work.

What I like about it is that the only thing on my network which is in danger is my Ubuntu machine which only is used for SSH transfers, IM and webbrowsing.

To make things even safer, I close down the firewall opening unless we are transferring files... then we IM "Dude, I got a file you gotta hear" and then I open it up again until the transfer is done.

Hope this helps.