Part 1 of my FreeNAS Cheap File Server build-out using ZFS. What steps you have to plan for, what kind of drives do you need and Why you need to throw away the Dell Raid card. Can it be done, maybe or maybe not… I am sharing my experience here, in hopes, it will help others, and at the same time, I can learn more too. The video is a VLOG of my thoughts and ideas of a new FreeNAS project where I am using an old Dell PowerEdge 1900. My goal is to build a colossal File Server for all my Music Samples and Projects to live. Yes, this will involve Music but more on an indirect level. I also touch on what ZFS file system is and how it relates to FreeNAS and Block Storage. I explain why the Perc 5i/6i Raid cards are horrible and what to use instead. I decided to go with a Linux/FreeBSD based Distro (Yes, I know FreeBSD is not Linux), due to the cool features with the ZFS file system. In theory, it will work on older hardware, and I can keep the price of the budget down real low and use older parts. In the future, I want to learn from this build and slowly upgrade to a more advanced system, with a faster Pass-Through SATA card, bigger/better hard-drives and or SSD's, and a 10GB Network throughput backplane, with the end-goal of a seamless low-latency network based Sample Drive FAQ: Is FreeNAS Linux? No, it is actually based on FreeBSD, not Linux. Both Linux and FreeBSD are based from UNIX. However, try to tell the US Southerners not to call Pepsi a Coke. I'm a big power user of pfSense, and I still call my pFsense build, a Linux box, even though I know it's a BSD based distro. I guess it's all in the semantics. I'll try to make sure I call a Pepsi cola a Pepsi next time. LOL! Can you load your Kontakt samples from this remote server, will the performance suck and will it be a big mess of latency issues, even if you use all SSDs? Correct, however, network speeds have come a long way, and I am a firm believer this will change in the very near future, even with budget parts found on eBay. For example, I can take an older 'Sun Dual 40Gbps InfiniBand card', sells for under $30 US used on eBay, and use it in a local SAN setup. Heck, with the price of 10GB networking going down, I think it's even possible to do it with some type LAG/Etherchannel config. Can you just use it as a back-up drive/archive storage dumping ground? Yes, and that is what I currently Plan to do until I can get the Latency down and the Network Speeds and IOPS up to what is called "Full Network Saturation levels" Where the Disk in/outs and hardware bus speeds match the network speeds. Why not go with Ceph? IMHO, it's because the FSCK on CephFS isn't reliable, per small scale. If something goes wrong, your data is hosed. In my Ceph research as a potential replacement for my previous ZFS builds. The scale-out features are amazing, but I believe Ceph is just not there for a Home-Lab, mainly due to the number of hours needed to maintain it and the data integrity can fail badly under extreme, but not implausible situations. Another consideration is that in a small installation with only a few OSD's you're going to be taking a serious performance hit for the sake of scalability that you'll probably never actually use. Plainly, it's not practical for home use, unless your purpose is to study Ceph Clustering. For now, this is all experimental and will be used as a nice backup drive and repository for my video work too, but it won't stop me from re-tweaking and eventually getting it to work correctly with faster speeds and better latency. I only see the optimism here. https://www.patreon.com/LogicProHacks/
Resource page for music producers and beat makers. Curated lists of tools and external websites that I have used to help promote my beats online. Throughout my years of selling beats I have used various tools both good and bad.
I decided to make this resource page to give you an idea of what tools work really well and will help you make and sell beats. I will be updating this page often as I am continually trying different methods on selling beats. I recommend bookmarking this page, as it will be updated often. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.
Thrive Themes is a tool that enables me to create these amazing landing pages in a matter of minutes. My resource page and my whole website is created using Thrive Themes.
I've been using WordPress for a long time and, to be honest, I always thought it was the best tool for the job. But recently starting using something that changed my mind (although I'm still using WordPress):
After seeing what this new plugin does, I don't think I can ever go back to the "normal" WordPress editor. I didn't even know it was possible to have this kind of a completely visual editor, but there it is (check the link for a demo video).
Before now, I never realized just how much time I was spending waiting for page reloads while creating content in WordPress. You can save massive amounts of time with a "live" editor like this.
And what I love about this tool is that it doesn't just replace the boring and clumsy old WordPress editor, it's also a whole sales-page-building suite! If you build marketing pages and landing pages, this thing is brilliant!
It is very easy to create sales pages, squeeze pages , download and thank you pages. All in a matter of minutes.
When it comes to picking a hosting company, speed, and reliability matters greatly. When I started selling beats online, I didn’t know much about websites & hosting.
All of my niche websites are hosted on Bluehost. Why? Because they make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation.
I made the mistake of assuming all hosting companies were equally as good as each other!! oh, boy was I wrong. Having a slow website, lost me a lot money in terms of sales from beats. When I look back now I can understand why.
I put myself in my customer's shoes, coming to my site to buy beats. As I typed the url and pressed enter the time it took to load was awful and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I, as a customer don’t want to wait, I want a pleasant experience. It also dawn on me that first impressions are everything when it comes to websites, so you want your website to be fast.
When it comes to selling beats, Airbit is a must for hosting your beats. Airbit is an all in one solution for any producer wanting to sell beats online.
No matter how many beats, online profiles, or websites you have, Airbit players can be integrated seamlessly to give you and your customers a professional and fully automated service to sell instrumentals on many other websites.
Your customers can listen to your beats, select the beats they want to buy, and place their order directly from the player. Thanks to the technologies of html5 you can take Airbit players for selling beats and place them all over the internet to maximize your exposure as a producer.
This is one tool/service I cannot live without. Aweber is a vital tool in allowing me to reach thousands of people with the click of a button. I truly recommend Aweber to anyone wanting to sell beats or anything for that matter.
I would even recommend it to bands and artists, who want to communicate with their audience. I could talk for forever about this service but my best advice is to go try it, you’ll see what I mean when you use it.
Join AD & Legion Live training where they’ll show the blueprint for how they sold over a Million dollars of beats online EACH...
With-OUT Relying On Tons Of Subscribers Or Followers …and how to basically clone their system with a few mouse clicks.
Yes, this will actually be a LIVE ??? ??? So you can ask any questions you might have about and they'll answer them live for you. ?? ??? And, you can tune in online from anywhere in the world. ???? It's free to attend so you really don't want to miss this! See you there.
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