MIDI Clock sync comes to Ardour 3.0

Although Ardour 3.0 is not yet ready for serious testing, it is the subject of some cool development work. Hans Baier just added support for MIDI Clock sync, which means that Ardour's transport can now slave to you MIDI sequencing hardware/software without relying on more sophisticated (and better, but less widely used) protocols like MIDI Machine Control or MIDI Time Code. Not only that, but Hans' implementation, like our existing MTC slave code, syncs to the incoming signal amazingly fast. Read more below for a few extra details.

Ardour 2.6.1 Released

A bit sooner than expected, we have a fix for one very notable and ugly bug that was still affecting 2.6 (plugin automation tracks would be drawn in the wrong place on the screen). As a result, Ardour 2.6.1 is now available. For those waiting on OS X releases, we have a 2.6 native release already, and PPC will follow early next week; both will be updated to 2.6.1. Its not clear if or when there will be an X11-based release. Thanks to Sampo Savolainen for his work diagnosing and fixing this bug.

Ardour 2.6 released

Ardour 2.6 has been released. This version is notable mostly for many dramatic improvements to GUI performance on OS X (native) and a few very important crashing fixes. But it also contains several interesting and useful new features and some non-crashing bug fixes that are nevertheless extremely significant. Read more below ...

New plugin information page

There is a new plugin information page to help those looking for plugins. One of the things it needs the most is a list of recommended plugins (LADSPA, LV2 primarily). If you have some experience with LADSPA plugins that you'd like to recommend, please comment on this story, and I'll merge responses back into the plugins page. Yes, this is not a wiki :)

Finally, "move tracks up/down" (and other news)

As ridiculous as it may be, Ardour has had only one way to change the order of tracks in the editor window since it began - dragging the track names around in the list of tracks attached to one side of the window. In SVN for 2.X, I've just added the new move-selected-tracks-up and move-selected-tracks-down commands, which are bound to Shift-Up and Shift-Down by default. So now you can just select one or more tracks and press a key (or two) to move them up and down. Its a little thing, but little things sometimes matter. On OS X it matters a lot because that dragging method doesn't actually work. There's more to read below ...

Donations now accepted in Euros and US Dollars

The move of Ardour's main developer (that's me, Paul) to Berlin to teach for a semester makes it sensible to accept donations in Euros, at least for 5-6 months. Just look over there on the right hand side, where those two bright glossy PayPal buttons are located. Those of you located inside the Euro-zone might consider using this option to support Ardour's development. For the time being, the default amount roughly matches US$25, but as usual you get to choose the actual number.

What's up with Ardour on OS X

Many OS X users are anxiously awaiting a binary release of 2.5 for their platform. I thought I should update everyone on the situation there. (Updated July 18th, 2008)

Ardour 2.5 Released

As happens all too often, its been longer than expected between releases, but finally Ardour 2.5 is ready to ease the path, soothe the brow and excite the heart of musicians and audio engineers worldwide. Tons of bug fixes and several new features will make it worthwhile for everyone and anyone to try this out. Read more below for details ...

Ardour @ the Catalan Free Software Conference

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I will be speaking at the Catalan Free Software Conference in Barcelona, July 2nd-5th. There should be a good mix of talks in Spanish, English and Catalan, and of course the guys behind the wonderful CLAM project will be around too. If you're in or near Barcelona, stop in and say hello. I will be giving 2 talks - one on Linux/Libre multimedia/audio software in general and another specifically on Ardour.

Summer Code Finland / Sakari Bergen / Export & Meta-data

In 2006 and 2007, Google's Summer of Code program helped support Dave Robillard's work on MIDI sequencing (which continues in the 3.0 branch). I did not apply to have Ardour to be a part of the Google Summer of Code program this year, but it turns out that Google is not the only SoC program. We were lucky to discover that Sakari Bergen, an open source enthusiast and student at the Helsinki University of Technology, was chosen to be a part of the Summer Code Finland program. Read more below to find out more about what Sakari will be doing ...