Sharing Program Files and Backing Up
Backing up is one of the major functions of Sound Manager, giving you the ability to save individual Programs or Samples, groups of Programs or Samples, Programs AND Samples all in one file or the entire keyboard and everything on it. Sound Up or Bundle Up in Nord terminology refers to uploading from the Nord keyboard to your computer, Sound Down or Bundle Down means transferring from your computer INTO an instrument.
The Sound Up function deals with individual Programs or Samples. Just select the file you want to back up and press the Sound Up button and back it up to your computer. Or, back up a group of Programs or Samples - Shift-click will allow you to select several consecutive sounds and Ctrl-click will allow you to select non-consecutive sounds. Then, only those selected files will be backed up when pressing the Sound Up button.
Or you can press the Sound Up button and then choose an entire Bank of Programs to back up or, if you are in the Piano Partition, you could select a whole category of Pianos such as the Uprights to back up.
Bundle Up is the session musician’s friend! If you need to share a Program with another Nord user, or transfer selected Programs to a hired keyboard, then Bundle Up lets you back up Programs AND their associated Samples, all in one file.
It works the same way as Sound Up but it ‘bundles’ the Programs and Samples together so there is no danger of any Samples getting missed in the back up procedure and, equally, no danger of Programs and Samples getting separated at any time.
When you download a Bundle file it will put all the Programs and Samples into the new keyboard and automatically sync them all together, even if the Samples are no longer in their original locations on the new keyboard. Also, it will not duplicate sample files – if a file already exists on the new keyboard, it will use that one instead of the saved one, so you don’t take up twice as much memory space for the same sound!
Bundle Up/Down is the most efficient way of transferring Programs with their Samples to another Nord keyboard, or to another Nord user for a gig, as you are only ever dealing with the Programs you need. It keeps the file size and transfer time down to a minimum but ensures that the Programs will still work as normal on the new keyboard.
Back Up on the other hand will back up the entire keyboard and all its contents in one big file. This will create the largest file out of the three back up methods and so will take the longest time to do. A fully loaded Stage 3 could take up to an hour to do a first time back-up - but this will be quicker on subsequent back-ups as we'll explain in a moment.
Restore will download a Back Up file to your keyboard. Or, if you want to ‘reset’ your keyboard to its original state at any time, then you can download the Factory Restore File for your keyboard from the Nord website and use Restore to load it into your instrument. Again, depending on the differences between the current state of the Instrument and the file being Restored this could take some time.
Back-Ups become quicker after you've done the first one since Sound Manager allows you to do an incremental back-up by selecting an existing back-up file in the back-up file dialogue. In this case that same file is simply updated to reflect the current state of the instrument, obviously making the process quicker.
Nord Sound Manager also uses a cache system to speed things up. Files that have already been “seen” by Nord Sound Manager, i.e. downloaded or uploaded once, are placed in the cache folder. This means that when creating a backup next time, those do not need to be uploaded from the instrument, but can be copied from the cache instead saving a lot of time.
In choosing the most suitable method it's best to think of use case.:
Use Back-Up to create a safety back-up of your own keyboard in case it is lost or damaged, or if you'd like a complete identical copy of your Nord on a hired tour keyboard.
For transferring only certain Programs and Samples to another keyboard, or say to another Nord user for a gig, then the Bundle feature is best.