Ardour 5.11 released

We are pleased to announce the availability of Ardour 5.11. Like 5.10, this is primarily a bug-fix release, though it also includes VCA automation graphical editing, a new template management dialog and various other useful new features.

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Ardour 5.10 released

We are pleased to announce the availability of Ardour 5.10. This is primarily a bug-fix release, with several important fixes for recent selection/cut/copy/paste regressions along with fixes for many long standing issues large and small.

This release also sees the arrival of VCA slave automation, along with improvements in overall VCA master/slave behaviour. There are also significant extensions to Ardour's OSC support.

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Ardour 5.9 released

Ardour 5.9 is now available, representing several months of development that spans some new features and many improvements and fixes.

Among other things, some significant optimizations were made to redraw performance on OS X/macOS that may be apparent if you are using Ardour on that platform. There were further improvements to tempo and MIDI related features and lots of small improvements to state serialization. Support for the Presonus Faderport 8 control surface was added (see the manual for some quite thorough documentation).

As usual, there are also dozens or hundreds of other fixes based on continuing feedback from wonderful Ardour users worldwide.

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Ardour 5.8 released

Although Ardour 5.6 contained some really great new features and important fixes, it turned out to contain a number of important regressions compared to 5.5. Some were easily noticed and some were more obscure. Nobody is happy when this happens, and we apologize for any frustration or issues that arose from inadequate testing of 5.6.

To address these problems, we are making a quick "hotfix" release of Ardour 5.8, which also brings the usual collection of small features and other bug fixes.

Linux distributions are asked to immediately and promptly replace 5.6 with 5.8 to reduce issues for Ardour users who get the program directly via their software management tools.

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Ardour 5.6 released

Another two months of development has rolled by, involving more than 600 commits by developers, and it's time for us to release Ardour 5.6. Although there are no major new features in this release, there is the usual list of dozens of bug fixes major and minor, plus some workflow and GUI enhancements. There has been a significant rearrangement of the transport bar to try to use space more efficiently and effectively. The new design also permits session navigation while using the Mixer tab, and there are numerous optionally visible elements. Similarly, the Preferences dialog was rearranged to try to make it easier to find and browse the many, many available options. Other interesting new features: session archiving, a new General MIDI default synth for MIDI tracks, and direct and immediate control of routing for heavily multichannel (typically multitimbral) synth plugins.

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How (not) to provide useful user feedback, Lesson 123a

Finding a piece of software not to your liking or not capable of what you need is just fine (expected, almost).

And then there's this sort of thing.

Can you make it user friendly? Fucking ridiculous. I use Sonar,plug in my dongle/breakout box,and it just works. One setting change for in and out for the duo or quad capture. No one in the business has anything good to say about Ardour,if they've even heard of it. I'm not trying to be rode. It's a suggestion. Make it user friendly.

To our friends at Cakewalk: you're welcome.

Ardour 5.5 released

Ardour 5.5 is now available, with a variety of new features and many notable and not-so-notable fixes. Among the notable new features are support for VST 2.4 plugins on OS X, the ability to have MIDI input follow MIDI track selection, support for Steinberg CC121, Avid Artist & Artist Mix Control surfaces, "fanning out" of instrument outputs to new tracks/busses and the often requested ability to do horizontal zoom via vertical dragging on the rulers. There are also the usual always-ongoing improvements to scripting and OSC support.

As in the past, some features including OSX VST support, Instrument Fanout, and Avid Artist support were made possible by sponsorship from Harrison Consoles.

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Ardour Looks, part 197.2

From a discussion on http://cdm.link about FL Studio:

For those who wonder why I tend to ignore/discount "Ardour needs to look better" comments, this is a great introduction :)

Ardour 5.4 released

Ardour 5.4 is now available, with important bug fixes for MIDI (including looping), dozens of less significant but still noteworthy fixes and new features, plus the first version of our support for Ableton's Push 2 surface.

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Ardour Solar Powered Development

Some Ardour users and other interested readers may be intrigued to know that almost all of Ardour's lead developer's work on the program right now is powered by photovoltaic panels. 540W panel capacity and 510Ah of lead-acid AGM batteries generally provides enough power to keep a 4 core i7-3370US 3.10GHz system running, with occasional use of a Mac Mini. It also runs the fridge, lighting, music and pump systems in the Sprinter van that he and his wife are living in until June 2017. With the exception of the Mac Mini, all other computing equipment is 12V DC native (no power bricks), including the 40W Topping amplifier used to power a pair of Micca monitors.

It is unlikely that the solar power available in the UK during the winter (where the van will be located) will be enough to keep things running, so at some point reverting to a cable and mains power seems likely. But for now, all of Paul's work is powered by the sun. Welcome to the future!

(ps. as a footnote, the other systems intimately involved in Ardour development, while connected to the grid, are also powered via contracts that guarantee 100% renewable energy sources.)