Its easy to see from our web site statistics that there are a lot of SAE version users looking for information here. We want to direct you to the one single page that you should read before you read anything else (hopefully it will answer all of your immediate questions). On the other hand, this document might help with the first stage of installation. If you have further questions, please join us on IRC or leave a question as a comment here. Welcome to Ardour!
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 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 ...
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 :)
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-down commands, which are bound to
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 ...
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.
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)