New file(s) on the fly
Is there a single button that will simultaneously end one take and start another across all armed tracks?
I often like to just leave everything recording for fairly long periods of time (disk space is cheap, right?) and maybe throw in a location marker now and then. This allows me as an engineer to remain fairly transparent and really keeps the musicians relaxed and able to work at their own pace. Sometimes they even forget the "tape" is rolling, which nearly always gets better performances from them.
The problem is the huge files it generates. I just have the feeling that a few smaller files would be more managable for the system for disk access, redraws (!?), etc. I especially wonder what happens when these huge files are defragmented.
And what about defragmentation of multi-track audio? I seem to remember reading somewhere that it's actually counter productive and ideally one would actually want somewhat regularly fragmented files to reduce thrashing, but how is one to control such a thing, especially with regard to backups?
For my imediate problem, I suppose I could just hit record twice, but I'd like a solution that won't leave any gaps.
As usual, any help would be greatly appreciated.