Articles

Ardour and Money, early 2018 edition

As 2018 gets underway, it seems like the right time for an updated report on the financial state of the Ardour project. I still occasionally see people referencing articles from several years that give a misleading idea on how things work these days, and it would be good to put some current and accurate information out there.

Almost Ready to Leave Home

Ardour began its life 18 years ago, in late December 1999. The story has been told many times in many different places, but the gist of it is that I wanted a program something like ProTools that would run on Linux, and none existed. I decided to write one. I had little idea what would be involved, of course. Which was probably for the best, otherwise I would likely not have started.

What's Going On With Ardour?

It's Christmas 2017, and many people in the Ardour community and beyond may be wondering what is happening with Ardour right now. It's been several months since our last release, and there's no word on what is going on.

Between now and the (Gregorian) New Year, I'll be posting 3 articles about where Ardour has been, where we are heading and the financial aspects of the project.

For now, I will just note that we're mostly focused on really substantive (wide-ranging, deep and difficult) internal architectural changes that will (over time) make a lot of other stuff possible. There's absolutely no timeline for the next release at this point, and the work is hard enough that in general we're trying not to get diverted by bug reports and small feature requests.

Stay tuned for a history and a glimpse of where 2018 might take Ardour ...

How (not) to provide useful user feedback, Lesson 123a

Finding a piece of software not to your liking or not capable of what you need is just fine (expected, almost).

And then there's this sort of thing.

Can you make it user friendly? Fucking ridiculous. I use Sonar,plug in my dongle/breakout box,and it just works. One setting change for in and out for the duo or quad capture. No one in the business has anything good to say about Ardour,if they've even heard of it. I'm not trying to be rode. It's a suggestion. Make it user friendly.

To our friends at Cakewalk: you're welcome.

Ardour Looks, part 197.2

From a discussion on http://cdm.link about FL Studio:

For those who wonder why I tend to ignore/discount "Ardour needs to look better" comments, this is a great introduction :)

Reflections on the Loop summit

The last weekend of October 2015 found me at Loop, a "summit for music makers" organized by Ableton AG, the makers of Live, and taking place in Berlin. The summit gathered a wide range of notable people from many different intersections of music, technology and creativity, including musicians, producers, engineers, designers, researchers and more.

Another Great LibreMusicProduction article: hardware inserts

Conor McCormack just posted another amazingly good tutorial for Ardour over at Libre Music Production, this time on using hardware inserts. Read the whole thing: http://libremusicproduction.com/tutorials/how-use-outboard-gear-ardour.

About Subscriptions

There are a number of recurrent questions about subscriptions to Ardour that come up. This article tries to collect them all and provide a coherent set of answers.

Ardour on Windows: help make it real

Thanks to several years of slow and steady work, Ardour now compiles and runs on all versions of the Windows operating system. For several months, we've offered ready-to-run versions via our nightly build site . We're almost ready to release Ardour 4.0, which will make it the first major release of the program that could run on Windows. We'd love to see Ardour running on Windows more and more.

BUT ...

New community driven online project, Libre Music Production (LMP), launches today

Make music the free, open and easy way with Libre Music Production!

New community driven online project, Libre Music Production (www.libremusicproduction.com), launches today, Sunday 17th August 2014.

This new resource focuses on promoting music creation and composition using Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS).

The idea of Libre Music Production (LMP) was born out of a perceived lack of integrated resources, and in particular a lack of information aimed at new and non-technical users.

By providing hands-on material submitted by the community, such as guides, tutorials, articles and news updates, Libre Music Production shows you that there is great FLOSS audio software out there, and also how to practically use that software to make music.

To read the full press release, visit www.libremusicproduction.com/pressrelease