Ardour 2.0.4 released

Squeaking just before of the end of July, the Ardour project brings you release 2.0.4 ( tarball, DMG to follow), another mix of important bug fixes with some great new features. Read more below for details ...

Progress with MIDI

The screenshot below shows some of the progress being made in the trunk branch of Ardour toward MIDI recording, playback and editing. Congratulations and thanks to Dave Robillard, for his rapid work on the core of this as well as the code restructuring it has required, and to Google for funding Dave this summer.

Ardour 2.0.3 released

After some unexpected delays, the Ardour project is pleased to announce the availability of version 2.0.3. You can fetch it either as a source tarball or OS X Tiger DMG. Read more below for the change list...

SAE Institute sponsors Ardour open source DAW project

15.5.2007 – London, UK - SAE Institute, the leading worldwide college for audio engineering, has agreed to become a corporate sponsor of Ardour, the open source digital audio workstation project. This major sponsorship ensures continual development of Ardour as a free, community-based audio recording and production software. Ardour has previously received corporate support from Solid State Logic and Harrison, but has primarily relied on donations from the public and the dedication of creator Paul Davis

This new initiative will support the further development of Ardour to become a viable DAW alternative for home and professional studio users, freely available to anyone. Development aims include a more integrated experience on Mac OS X. A separate version is intended to be developed which will be tailored towards beginner students, whilst also being available to anyone and staying compatible with the main branch of Ardour.

Follow the "read more" link for more details ....

2.0.2 "fixup" released

There was an error in the source tarball released as 2.0.1. We are therefore releasing 2.0.2 as a fix for this. The OS X DMG of 2.0.1 does NOT have this error in it, there is no reason to upgrade if you have downloaded the DMG of 2.0.1 2.0.2 is identical to 2.0.1 except that it actually includes all all the fixes listed below rather than all but one. There is a new DMG as well, just for consistency, but to repeat: OS X users have no reason to upgrade at this time. Please read more below to see the changes in 2.0.1/2.0.2 ...

3D desktop and Ardour

Doug Mclain did some nice screenshots of Ardour (with QJackctl and JAMin) running on a Beryl-powered desktop. Amazing stuff. Click on the image to see the full size glory ...

Honest, OS X, we still have feelings for you, but your pretty cousin is in town ...

New website theme

If you're reading this, you're seeing the results of Thorsten Wilm's diligent work on the website theme. Its not a major change, but we hope you enjoy the mostly subtle modifications. Thorsten is a talented graphic designer and interface engineer, and has an interesting website ( with several innovative ideas for widgets and audio application UI design. He is also responsible for Ardour's logo and fader design. among other things.

2.0 released for OS X and Linux

It appears that many visitors are finding this page via search engines and out-of-date links on "software collection" websites. It has been edited to get you more quickly to the CURRENT version of Ardour.

The developers of Ardour are happy to announce the release of version 2.0. As usual, downloads are available here. Read more via the link below ...

2.0rc2 released

A week or two on from 2.0rc1, and its time to offer up 2.0rc2 source and the Mac OS X DMG, which we hope will be the final release before 2.0. At this point, we don't anticipate any code changes at all before 2.0. Read more below for the changes since rc1 ...

Google Summer of Code 2007 Update

Google announced their decisions regarding this year's Summer of Code. The Ardour project has been awarded 2 projects, which are:

MIDI editing
by Dave Robillard, Carleton University, Ottawa (mentored by Paul Davis). Dave picked the short straw and will be working 27 hours a day to implement every item of MIDI editing functionality known to man.
N.M panning
by Christian Muise, Carleton University, Ottowa (mentored by Jesse Chappell). Christian will be working on adding back end support for more traditional multispeaker panning systems (like 5.1, 10.2 and so forth) along with a GUI to control it.

Google ended up awarding projects to just 900 students, of 3000+ applicants (and more than 6000 applications), so our two projects are a very positive outcome for us.

We welcome Dave back to paid summer work on Ardour, and offer a new welcome to Christian. Is it a coincidence that they are both at Carleton? Hard to say. Will it be useful to have two SoC students at the same institution? The summer will reveal all...