What is a session snapshot?

A “snapshot” is a file that stores the current session settings including the track layouts, audio & midi regions, markers, tempos, faders, EQs, and plugins. Snapshots all share the same audio data in the session folder.

Snapshots require very little disk space, so you can store snapshots for multiple mixes or edit sessions without worry.

Using snapshots:

Snapshots are typically accessed via one of 3 methods:

  1. In the main “Session” menu you can create new snapshots.
  2. In the editor sidebar, you can select from a list of this session’s snapshots.
  3. In the New Session dialog, you can click a triangle next to your session to display the list of snapshots in the session.

Backup Snapshots

By default, Mixbus automatically overwrites a backup snapshot every few minutes. The backup snapshot changes its name every hour. So there is a backup snapshot stored for every hour that you have worked on a session; in addition to the most-recent backup file.

To recover from a “backup” file in the backup folder, you must first drag it up one level into the main “session” folder. Then you can open it normally. If you try to open it from within the “backup” folder, it won’t find the audio files.

Here are the steps to recover a backup snapshot from the backup folder:

  1. Quit Mixbus
  2. Open the session folder and find the “backup” subfolder.
  3. Choose the last-created snapshot file ( the file ending in .ardour )
  4. Copy the file up to the main session folder
  5. Launch Mixbus
  6. In the “recent sessions” list, you should see a triangle next to your session; click the triangle and choose the backup snapshot.


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