Back Up Your Apps and Data

How many backups do you have for your apps, drums, song files, etc. ... on your own drives?
Your files should exist in three places.
3-2-1 Backup Strategy:
3. Have at least 3 copies of your files (including your original install on your computer/external drive).
2. Back up on 2 separate media (e.g. SSD+SSD, SSD+Memory Stick).
1. Keep 1 backup drive in a different location from the others ... just in case.

Sweetwater has a File Management for Music Production Guide. Their section on the 3-2-1 Backup Rule is helpful.

DC4 users are encouraged to back up your DC4 installer file, the files in the DC4 Default File Locations List in the FAQ, your DC4 Content Library, and any completed songs you'd like to keep. Render files are usually important to back up if you'd like to keep your sessions in tact after a re-install. That FAQ also explains how to move your DrumCore 4 library to an external drive if you would like to free up space on your computer.

RiffWorks users should back up your RiffWorks installer, your Documents/Sonoma Wire Works folder (contains your RiffWorks .rws files, effects presets, etc.) and any mixed songs you'd like to keep. Also back up your InstantDrummer and Registration Folders:
Mac: Hard Drive/Users/Shared/Sonoma Wire Works/
Windows 7/8 Location: C:/Program Data/Sonoma Wire Works/

FourTrack, StudioTrack and GuitarTone users should back up your iOS device apps and song files. We recommend backing up to your computer as your 2nd copy, then back up to another drive as your 3rd copy. You could use the cloud as the 3rd copy if you'd like, but we definitely recommend at least one computer backup for your iOS device.

While Sonoma has no plans for our stores or downloads to go offline, it's best for users to be prepared for anything. The fires and flood that affected our offices last summer were a good reminder that backups are crucial. We've heard a lot of sad stories from people who've lost a lot in natural disasters, and some of it could have been saved with backups. Sonoma's website terms of use says, "Sonoma will make reasonable efforts to notify you in advance about any modification, suspension or termination [of websites or services], but is not obligated to do so." Again, not planning on doing that any time soon, but "if you care about it, back it up." It's best to back it up on your own drives. Relying on your own hard drives to keep your data safe, rather than relying only on other companies' servers (or cloud) can save time, frustration, heartache and money. Backing up offers peace of mind so you can focus on the fun parts of making music.

DrumCore 4 Upgrade Sale for DC3, DC2.5 and KitCore Users

Save up to 50% on DrumCore 4.3.4 Upgrades for DrumCore 3, DrumCore 2.5 and KitCore Users through 7-31-21!
Plus get $100-$400 in Bonus Drums. Ask for your upgrade offer and link.

DC4 Bonus Drums: Get $100-$400 in Extra Drums with DC4 Purchase (New/Upgrade/Crossgrade)

Choose the bonus (free) drums you want by the drummers listed below when you buy DC4 Lite, DC4 Prime or DC4 Ultra (new, upgrade or crossgrade). Valid when purchased from Sonoma or a dealer now through 7-31-21.

Upgrade and crossgrade pricing is available: Ask about upgrading from KitCore, DC2.5, or DC3. Or crossgrade your DC4 edition to an edition below with more content.

Buy DC4 Lite (new, upgrade or crossgrade) to get DC4 Lite plus $100 in Bonus Drums:
4 GB of software and drums (24 GrooveSets: 1,400 audio and 800 MIDI loops/fills) by 13 drummers, 22 Kits plus your choice of
22 Bonus GrooveSets/Kits by the drummers below ($100 value).

Buy DC4 Prime (new, upgrade or crossgrade) to get DC4 Prime plus $200 in Bonus Drums:
20 GB of software and drums (160 GrooveSets: 10,000 audio and 2,000 MIDI loops/fills) by 17 drummers, 100 Kits plus your choice of
42 Bonus GrooveSets/Kits by the drummers below ($200 value).

Buy DC4 Ultra (new, upgrade or crossgrade) to get DC4 Ultra plus $400 in Bonus Drums:
50 GB of software and drums (265 GrooveSets: 21,000 audio and 3,000 MIDI loops/fills) by 18 drummers, 139 Kits plus your choice of
82 Bonus GrooveSets/Kits by the drummers below ($400 value).

Email support with the names of the 22, 42 or 82 bonus drums (GrooveSets or Kits) you would like by these drummers:. Tips below.

Choose Bonus Drums (GrooveSets or Kits) by this List of Drummers:

* Bold = These do NOT come with DrumCore 4 Ultra. If you have Ultra, or are considering upgrading or crossgrading to Ultra, you may want to only choose bolded ones as freebies.


• First check that all of your DC4 content has downloaded by clicking "Download all owned content" in DrumCore 4.3.4 SETTINGS. Wait until all owned content has downloaded before previewing new content. This will help you choose bonus content that you do not already own, and it will keep you from downloading too many files at once (previewing also downloads files).

• Previews of all GrooveSets are available in DC4 Lite ($49), DC4 Prime ($249) and DC4 Ultra ($639).

• To see the list of each drummer's GrooveSets and Drum Kits: Open the DC4 plug-in, click the BROWSER tab at the bottom of the plug-in, toggle the "Show Owned" button to preview drums you do not own, then click "More..."

• See this FAQ for Searching in DC4 and the DC4 User Guide sections 3.2.5 and 3.2.6.

BOGO Drum Loop Sale: Buy One Get One DC4 GrooveSet or Drum Kit Free

Buy any one GrooveSet or Drum Kit for DrumCore 4 and get one item by the drummers listed above for free! No limit: Buy 20, get 20 free! Or more! Valid as many times as you'd like now through 7-31-21.

After buying items from the DC4 plug-in store, email support with a list of drums you would like by any of the drummers listed above. Specify GrooveSet or Drum Kit. You don't need to add bonus drums to your cart. Support will give you the drums to download within DC4 and email you when they are ready for download.

Example: "I bought Dennis Chambers' Give Up the Funk GrooveSet, give me the Discrete Drums' Heavy Mental "Vortex" GrooveSet for free."

If you have trouble checking out of the DC4 store, we can provide an easy alternative way to pay.

DC4 Requirements, Images, Upgrades, Crossgrades, Drummer Bios, Pricing, Dealers, Guides and More →

Save 40% on RiffWorks Standard and InstantDrummers

Save 40% on RiffWorks Standard (Download) guitar recording software and InstantDrummer Sessions now through 7-31-21.

About RiffWorks Standard ($49 $29)

Capture ideas and create songs easily with a riff-based workflow, loop recording, automatic track creation (24 tracks), 7 guitar-oriented effects, support for amp models (AmpliTube, PodFarm, StudioDevil and others), 9 InstantDrummers (expandable), REX player, ReWire mixer, export and more. Stay in the creative flow with tools that look like gear, and create complete songs without putting down your guitar!

Buy RiffWorks Standard ($29)
More About RiffWorks Standard →
RiffWorks Standard Compatibility →

About RiffWorks InstantDrummers ($4.99 $2.99)

InstantDrummer Sessions are tempo-sycronized drum loop sessions that can be accessed easily from within RiffWorks. Most RiffWorks InstantDrummer Sessions are loop recordings of professional drummers brought into the InstantDrummer format for easy manipulation by RiffWorks users. Play along with InstantDrummer sessions by famous drummers like Alan White (Yes, Lennon), Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie), John Tempesta (Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament, Tony Iommi, The Cult), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), and Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver). Use them in your recordings royalty free!

More About RiffWorks InstantDrummers →

BOGO Drum Loop Sale: Buy One Get One RiffWorks InstantDrummer Free

Buy any one InstantDrummer for RiffWorks guitar recording software, and get one bonus InstantDrummer from any of these lists now through 7-31-21.

Choose Bonus InstantDrummers From These Lists:

After you buy one or more InstantDrummers, email support with the names of the InstantDrummer(s) you would like from the lists above.

No limit: Buy 20, get 20 free! Or more! Take advantage of this offer as many times as you'd like now through 7-31-21!

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