first impressions, suggestions
just installed ardour and jack on my 8 core mac pro and have some first impressions
to share and get comments on. obviously, as a n00b, i may be missing things and
would appreciate any comments to show how to get around issues i may perceive as
a problem but that have solutions i haven't yet found.
installation was quite painless, both for jack, qjackctl, and ardour. just took a few
minutes to get all of the configs working together. that was very impressive as i've
been trying to get a linux installation working with my system and have had to, pretty
much, abandon it, not because of these, but because of my four monitor, triplehead2go
setup. well done guys. thanks.
once i got to ardour up, i love that i can undock the toolbars and place them where i like.
i wish i could do the same with the region list window. in fact, it would be nice to be able
to undock the entire window, or to pull its tabs off (regions, track/busses, snapshots, etc).
my normal template is for 96 stereo tracks so screen real estate is important to me. i find
myself only able to get about 10 tracks on screen at a time with ardour. is there a way to
scroll vertical screen size to increase the track size for all tracks together? if not, this
would be helpful.
related to this, is it possible to get rid of the 'meter, tempo, loop/punch ranges, cd markers,
location markers' areas above the tracks. working mainly on film/video post, i have no need
for most of these. if i could make some of them go away, i could fit another track on screen.
is 6db the max for gain increase? i have LOTS of ambience tracks in my library that, for
various reasons, regularly need tweaking by much larger amounts than 6db. how would
this be accomplished in ardour, say, an increase of 24db. an additional node in the top
center of the region would be a great way to be able to quickly grab and adjust the overall
for film work, an ability to count in frames or feet and frames, 16mm or 35mm, would be
helpful. admittedly, it's becoming less used, but still around.
how do i rearrange tracks? just added a bunch to see how many i could see on screen
and now i have track 1, master, then tracks 2-8. how do i drag the master to the bottom?
from the first impression, this is a great piece of foss. far ahead of anything i've seen in
the linux video world where projects seem to start, look promising, stop, start over, then
lay dormant forever.
the unfortunate thing, for me, is that i doubt i can use ardour because of the lack of
ability to move projects between stations/platforms. we discussed this some in another
thread and i've given it some thought since then. there, ardour seems to model itself
largely on protools. if that is the case, perhaps it would be a good solution to be able to
import/export protools sessions. an app like proconvert from ssl can convert such session
files to a number of different formats, i believe. this would make the adherence to protools
as a model that much more viable, as well. while omf is still, at least here in hollywood, the
standard for exchange between post systems, not having ANY means to do so is a deal
breaker. there's just no reason to put your work into a system you can't get it out of. it is,
of course, possible to bounce individual tracks out to bwf but in a town that works with
omf being able to import editable materials, offering uneditable materials to a producer
will 1) get you laughed out of the room and, 2) lose you a job. maybe protools import/export
would be a way around this?
anyway, my next thing will be trying video sync on the mac to see if i can get that working.
thanks, and well done,