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

a picture of the sagrada familia in barcelona

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 ...

MIDI Happenings

Dave "MIDI" Robillard writes: Hi all. Thought I’d make a little post on MIDI stuff so things appear alive to you weirdos who aren’t on IRC 24 hours a day. Just some random not-very-prepared screenshots.

An older shot showing multi-line controllers, and the editor controllers: Editor controls. On MIDI controller tracks (CC) the bar controllers can be used to record/touch, or twiddled in realtime to control MIDI apps/gear.

MIDI import was introduced yesterday (Importing MIDI is done with the same dialog as audio, though it doesn’t look appropriate yet..). Here’s some Mozart imported into Ardour from a (single, multi-track) Standard MIDI File: Mozart Import.

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New OS X focused IRC channel established

To address some of the issues that surround using Ardour on OS X, there is now a new IRC channel, #ardour-osx at Its where we will announce new test releases of the native verion, and where people can visit to seek help for problems that are specific to starting up/installing on OS X. More general ardour questions and issues still belong on the general #ardour channel. For those without IRC software (we recommend xchat, though colloquy on OS X is good too), visit the OS X channel or the regular channel via the mibbit web interface.

Ardour 2.3 released

Another month has crept up on us, and the next release of Ardour is here. 2.3 includes major new features in the area of tempo management and feature analysis, dozen or so important-to-useful bug fixes, another dozen or so improvements, and also provisional LV2 support (provisional). Binary releases for OS X Intel and PPC will be announced on our OS X-focused IRC channel. We will make a more public release for OS X once we have AudioUnit GUIs working acceptably. Read more below ...

Ardour does AudioUnits

I hate to tease people when we haven't released the OS X native version yet, but I sometimes get so tired of people complaining about Ardour not supporting real plugins that I thought this screenshot might be interesting. OS X users - we promise to get this functionality into your hands just as soon as its ready to be used by almost all of you without too many annoying minor issues.