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 ...

Things to do when not working on Ardour

You might wonder (or you might not) what Ardour's lead developer does when he's not busy fixing bugs, adding features and responding to users' requests and ideas. This coming weekend (Memorial Day in the USA) ... (read more below)

Ardour 2.4.1 released

Yes, its time for the usual bug-fix-after-the-real-release. 2.4.1 primarily fixes two significant bugs in 2.4 (no undo after region dragging being the most important). But it also has a couple of new features and several other nice fixes and improvements, particularly for users of AudioUnit plugins on OS X. Read below for more ...

Ardour 2.4 released

Well, its over a month later than expected, but Ardour 2.4 is finally here. A respectable list of new features, many small improvements and an important set of bug fixes make up the news for this one. Read more below ...