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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 ardour.org 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 (http://thorwil.wordpress.com/) 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...

2.0 rc1 released

A couple of weeks after 2.0 beta12, the Ardour team brings you 2.0rc1 , and the OS X Tiger universal DMG. Dozens of bug fixes, a few usability improvements, even a couple of new features (e.g. rename&delete snapshots). This is first release candidate for 2.0, but it is missing last minute tweaks, specifically up to date and complete translations. We hope to release RC2 within the next 7-10 days which will hopefully be the final release before 2.0. Read more below for the changelist.

Google Summer of Code 2007

We've applied to be accepted been accepted into the Google Summer of Code for 2007. Last year we had several great projects, a great time and both got some work done and brought some new developers onto the team. Let's repeat that this year! Project ideas inside...

February Financial Goals Met

I often try to write in the 3rd person on this website, but for once I need to speak entirely in the first. It is hard for me to convey the extent of my gratitude to the 200+ people who contributed funds during February to allow me to keep working on Ardour full time. Either through donations or subscriptions, you have made it possible for me to keep working for at least a couple of months while I continue to figure out long term funding possibilities. I am so very thankful for the support you have all offered, and I will do everything I can to honor that support with good code, new releases and coming soon, a whole slew of new features. Thank you to everyone. Stay tuned for a slightly different focus for March ...