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Protect Your Precious Sounds: 9 Tips for Avoiding Data Loss on the Nautilus

Accidentally deleting, overwriting, or altering sounds and data on your Nautilus can be a major inconvenience, and in some cases, it can even be permanent. Don't let your hard work go to waste! Follow these tips to help avoid data loss and protect your valuable work on the Nautilus:

  1. Backup regularly: Save your Nautilus data on at least one additional storage device, such as a USB drive or cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive. In Media Mode, use Save All or Save PCG to save the data on the internal hard drive, and then make a backup on an external device. Don't forget to also backup any custom sample data saved in individual folders like KSC, UserBank.KSC, and sample data folders.

  2. Inspect PCG files before loading them: Before you load a newly downloaded PCG file into your Nautilus, be sure to open and inspect it first. This will help prevent it from overwriting your current sounds, setlists, wavesequences, drum patterns, custom arpeggios, and Global Settings.

  3. Watch out for Mac's dot files: When transferring files from a Mac to your Nautilus, be aware that you might get unwanted files with names that start with a dot followed by an underscore (e.g. ._filename). These files can cause issues when you load them in the Auto Load section of Global Mode, so make sure to ignore or delete them and locate the actual files you want to use.

  4. Be careful when initializing Program or Combi banks: When initializing a Program or Combi, you'll be given the option to initialize the entire bank. Be very careful when doing this, as this will automatically clear and write the banks.

  5. Use caution with external software: Be mindful of editor software or iOS devices that can rewrite your Programs, Combis, and Setlists, as they can easily erase your data.

  6. Avoid renaming or moving your sample data folders: When you create a new multisample in Sampling Mode, the sample data is stored in a folder with a unique name in Media Mode. If you rename or move this folder, it could cause issues when you try to load the multisample in Program Mode.

  7. Don't forget to save your Global Settings: Your Global Settings, including pedal polarity, velocity curves, switch assignments, tuning, and MIDI settings, can be saved in Media Mode as well. To save your Global Settings, go to the dropdown menu and select Save Global Settings.

  8. Save song and Sampling data before powering off: In Sequencer Mode and Sampling Mode, be sure to save your data before turning off your Nautilus. Although the Nautilus retains song data, it won't hurt to create a backup song file that can be stored in Media. To do this, go to Media Mode and select Save Seq. If you've recorded audio tracks, you'll need to save the region data as well. Sampling Mode data is volatile and will be lost if not saved in Media Mode. To save Sampling Mode data, load audio files or record samples, assign them to keys and name your multisample (MS). Then, in Media Mode, select Save Sampling Data and choose Sampling Mode only. This will create a folder with your samples (.ksf), a KSC file, and a UserBank.KSC. Keep all three of these together on your hard drive.

  9. Allow time for data to be saved: When saving data in Media Mode, give it a few seconds to ensure that it has been saved before shutting off your Nautilus.

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