Multitrack DAW recordings are dependent on a complex system of primary and secondary technologies.
As discussed in An Introduction to Archiving Music Recordings, each of these technologies represents an obstacle to the long-term viability of a multitrack archive.
Simply put, if the various software and hardware products you’re using today aren’t going to be around in their current versions for the useful life of the sound recordings you’re creating (i.e. the copyright term), the archived recording must be prepared to weather that obsolescence.
The goal of preparing multitrack DAW data for archive is to minimize the layers of technology necessary to completely reconstruct the master recording in the future.
This article will introduce some basic techniques for creating both Consolidated and Flat Multitracks for archival purposes. [read]