"Simple Record" mode with automatic export to WAV
Sometimes people just want to record with one start/stop button. People also want to easily and immediately have the audio files available in a folder so they can quickly share the recordings via CD, email, website, blog, etc.
Ardour can indeed record and export to audio file; however, the process of exporting and naming individual "takes" within a session is not easy enough! Even if you are an Ardour expert, you sometimes just want start/stop recording, and you want each take to be it's own WAV file--and you want it FAST. I can't count how many times I have recorded a practice or jam session with a group of people, only to have them ask me for a copy to take home. I'm lazy, and I don't like to click around a computer when I should be making music with my friends, so I usually either dump the whole thing to a single WAV and burn it to CD as one track or tell them I'll get it to them later. But I don't get it to them later, because I don't ever seem to feel like exporting and naming each and every take to separate WAV files, so the whole thing remains on my computer and my fellow musicians give up on me and never get to hear the recording.
Ever use Apple's PhotoBooth to snap video? That's how I want Ardour "Simple Record" mode to work: you hit record, do your take, hit stop, and your take is automatically named and saved to your Home folder as a .mov file. Instant files of your recordings! Now you can burn them or upload them or whatever . . . no fiddling with finding the takes, exporting each one, naming the files, etc.
Can we make a special mode in Ardour so that recording can behave like this? I'm thinking the process could be something like this:
- You get your tracks set up and your input levels and effects adjusted
- You hit a big red RECORD button and start jamming the tune
- You finish your tune and hit a big red STOP button
- Ardour automatically names the file and saves it as a WAV in a default folder for the session
You can push RECORD as many times as you want within a session, and any audio recorded between each RECORD and STOP action is immediately and automatically exported to chronologically named WAV files in a default folder. Should probably have the option for Ardour to ask you where to save each file, in case you want to name them as you go.
If this functionality is already in place or planned, let me know. If you think this is a stupid idea, tell me why. If you want to see it in Ardour, chip in some code or some cash! Donations can be made at the box on your right.