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...
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.
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 ...
We've just merged code for Mackie MCU surfaces and new Tranzport code into the trunk for ardour2. It's available on svn right now, and will be in beta-12.
The tranzport control surface driver now has increased modularity and slightly more advanced support for metering. There are detailed instructions.
If you're a BCF2000 user and you're wondering if using your device in MCU emulation mode is worthwhile, here's the answer: no clicking on GUI controls and doing the midi-map thing; bank switching for as many tracks as you have in your session; no futzing with custom presets.
Read below for more ...
It would be great if some Ardour users could participate in the latest Real World Remixed competition. The last one featured dramatic remixes of Peter Gabriel's Shock The Monkey, including some truly remarkable work that utterly transformed the song (be sure to listen to "A Monkey named Don Jose" and "The Trees").
This month's competition is based on a song by Joi, a Bengali group with lots of influences from all over. You download a pack of samples, load them into Ardour (its really easy!) and start mixing/editing/recording. If you take part, be sure to mention that you used Ardour and/or other free software tools. Jump to it!
Work is proceeding on getting Ardour 2.0 ready to enter the "RC" (release candidate) phase. Today, I managed to fix two significant issues:
- embedding multichannel files was broken - you would get the first (left) channel for all channels. In addition, bringing in external audio "as a track" would always create a track that appeared to be 1in/2out, even though its actual signal processing was correct.
- the "Make mono regions" action wasn't working either. This has been fixed, and the action now applies to all selected regions.
That said, this isn't meant to be a strict listing of how your code must be. It is intended to help your code fit in with the rest of the Ardour codebase. This is the style that we have evolved to.
Paul writes: "I'm trying to setup the Ardour Foundation as a 501c(3) non-profit but that takes a little bit of time. In the meantime, I'm experimenting with different ways to raise money to support myself+family until a proper foundation is set up. All donations are much appreciated. Please keep in mind that repeat donations will mean much more for the long term than larger amounts right now. I'll keep you up to date as I figure stuff out."
Ardour is looking for new project sponsors after our major contributor, Solid State Logic informed us that they would no longer be able to continue the financial support they gave to Ardour during 2006.
Ardour is at an exciting point in its development: version 2.0 is about to released very shortly, and more and more developers have recently started contributing to the project. Once version 2.0 is released, we have a large list of substantial new features waiting to be added, including MIDI recording and playback (already implemented as part of our participation in Google's Summer of Code). New work to add support for Mackie/Logic Control surfaces is already substantially completed.
However, despite the growing number of developers and the excitement of a 2.0 release, Ardour will not keep moving forward at an acceptable pace without at least one developer focused full time on it, and the end of SSL's funding will have a significant impact in this area. Paul Davis, Ardour's lead developer and founder, was paid entirely by SSL and is now seeking other ways of allowing him to continue working on Ardour as well as JACK.
We welcome continuing contributions via the Paypal link up there on the right. However, we are also in an urgent search for corporations or orther organizations that see the long term value of Ardour as part of the audio technology environment. If you or your organization are interested in helping to establish and support a non-profit foundation dedicated to ensuring Ardour's continuing development, please get in touch with Paul.