Best Musical Instruments and Accessories for all Musicians

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When it comes to musical instruments ands accessories for musicians, a supplier with a great reputation in the industry is crucial for peace of mind. From my dealings with Thomann in Europe, I am satisfied that my musical instrument supplier is well grounded to offer many years of top line support for their wide range of products, be it cello cases, all the way to electronic reverb units and everything in between.

I personally ordered a cello case and arranged for it to be delivered to France and was very happy with the communication, efficiency and function of the Thomann group. I will only ever recommend an organisation when I am 100% satisfied with their service and function.

Thomann have exceeded every expectation that I had, be it product description, delivery and informatin of all progress through the transaction.

This is what I expect from a professional outfit and recommend Thomann beyond all degree, based on my experience.

The Best Ways of Backing Up Your Work and Files

When it comes to audio and video editing and working with computer based files, the need for backup is essential. More and more, we are reliant on computer based editing systems and this may involve local workstation work, or editing on the cloud. Regardless of the situation you are working with, the importance of file backup can not be overstated. It is imperative to make sure you are backing up your work and files.

I am constantly amazed at the number of people who I think should have known better and thus, I know that I have a reputation for banging on like a broken records about this, but the need to backup everything is about shifting our goals and mindset so it

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Backing Up Your Work and Files

When I think to times past, when people have approached me asking for help after their hard disk crashed on their machine, or the ubiquitous coffee has been spilt on their machine, to the woes and agony that all their business data is now lost etc. I have often felt very badly for these good people, who had simply not learned up to that point in time, that they need to be vigilant in backing up their ddata.

It may be as simple as a school laptop with last week’s assignment on it, to a mom and pop business that has everything all on the one laptop, and when it fails for whatever reason, the whole ship sinks and the business data is lost or tax records are gone, to name just a few terrible examples. I think you get the point now..

So let’s explore this process in a little more detail and get to a solution that works for everyone.

Are Recover and Backup the same Thing?

Backing Up Your Work and Files

To answer this question, I will say yes and no.

In simple terms, a backup will get your data back if you have lost it, such as through a data failure or wiped disk or the office person accidentally erasing it the night before because they were super tired and not concentrating.

On the other hand, if you have a catastrophic failure like a ransom ware attack on your office, then not only will your data need recovery, but so too will all your systems, possibly all need replacement or rebuilding from the ground up.

However, to keep things simple, a data backup will suffice for most situations, but if you can, I always recommend an ultimate main Data Recovery plan for your business or home. For now, let’s concentrate on the base data backup.

What Needs to Be Backed Up?

In a word, I recommend everything, and certainly everything that will harm you if you do not have it available. I prefer to recommend to cover yourself fully and backup all your data.

The cost of backups these days are relatively low, compared to the cost of loss and spending hours recovering the data, if you can at all after a major failure and not having backups in the first place.

I recommend using a combination of both onsite backups as well as offsite, cloud based backups. This covers you in the event of damage to your premises, such as fire or flood and also lows you to place the backups in more than one place for added security. I know some managers are concerned about the cost of good cloud services, but let me assure you, the cost of data loss is far worse. It has happened to me after a major hack and I have vowed to never allow myself to be in that position ever again.

It was an expensive, painful lesson that kept me awake for six months till I had sorted it all out. It was a horrible lesson, but one I have learned from and I now have backups on site as well as off site in data houses.

However, given the cost of data loss and rebuilding your business, if there is even anything left to rebuild can be prohibitive.

prevention is better than the cure, so please be careful with the storage of your data.

It may be an obvious statement to make, but I am happy to do so anyway- please always use a unique password for everything in your business and every account you have logins for. Please use a separate password for every account you log into and Never Ever share or Reuse Passwords. It is a rooky mistake that can cost you dearly.

By so doing, you are putting your entire operation at risk as one compromised account can lead to at attacker guessing the same email and password for other accounts. I have seen this happen so many times, so please do not do it and reduce the risk of data loss through illegal break ins to your system..

I know I bang on about this stuff, but having learnt from these mistakes myself, I want to help you prevent a catastrophic failure on your system and protect your data.

Using a Virtual Private Network or VPN as part of your Data Backup


I can assure you that in addition to your regular backups, and using a Virtual Private Network, your systems will be much safer moving forward.

I also can refer you to the Australian Cyber Security Page on backup recommendations.

The Best Headphones for Sleep and Relaxation

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When it comes to headphones for sleep and relaxation, it is certainly a different ball game to a standard set of headphones for ‘awake’ listening. After all, quality and dynamics issues aside, you need to be able to actually move your head freely while you’re sleeping, and a bulky set of headphones simply won’t work for most people.

Whilst I was once desperate, and badly needed to get some quiet sleep, and only had a pair of JBL Audio Noise Cancelling, full sized headphones (JBL 660NC), which work really well by the way, when wearing them, I had to lie flat on my back and not turn my head as they are quite bulky and would cause discomfort after nudging the pillow.

However, for a great noise cancelling effect in a noisy environment, I was able to fall asleep without any issue and was very grateful for them. More so, listening to music when I’m fully awake is a fantastic experience with them as well.

However, getting back to the sleep issue, it is generally a better idea to use suitable headphones for sleeping if you are looking for a set that will work for you while trying to sleep and listen to mediation music, relaxation tracks or binaural beats, etc.

Styles of Headphones for Sleep and Relaxation

As I mentioned, the type or style of headphone that you use is essential to being comfortable while sleeping and also, will help you to get the best rest possible for you.

I know that emergency situations can inspire us to be creative, but let’s look at more suitable types of headphones for our sleep use.

There are in-ear models, that may be wired or wireless, using a blue tooth style technology, or even headbands and pillow speakers.

I will highlight the types below in this article to give you a greater understanding of the choice available to you.

Pillow Style Headphones

The pillow style of headphone is pictured below.

This type of speaker rests either under your pillow, or in the pillow case and playsaudio through the pillow or case to you.

It is not the highest quality stereo set up but will certainly work, as being better than nothing at all.

It is also one of the cheapest set ups for a sleeping speaker.

Wired Style Sleeping Headphones

The next type of unit to consider is the headset that is wired and in ear such as the below example.

Wireless Blue Tooth Sleeping headphones

The next set of headphones for sleeping are the blue tooth style.

The benefit here is that there are no hindrances with trailing wires that can be pulled, tangled or otherwise get in the way.

These wireless blue tooth headphones fit either in ear or via a band that is placed over the head.

As you can tell from the short article above, there are a number of solutions for your need to have quiet listening, with uninterrupted sleep from bulky headphones and still get a great audio result.

I regularly sleep with audio in my ears, from quality headphones that allow me to sleep comfortably and still complete my mediation.

If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact me.

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