AATranslator now has Ardour support : compatibility with other DAWs arrives!
AATranslator is a Windows program that converts sessions created in one DAW (or video editor) into formats understood by others. It supports session formats used by ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase, PreSonus Studio One, Vegas, Reaper, Wavelab, Pyramix, AMS Audiofile, Fairlight, Waveframe, DAR, N-Track, Sadie, and more. Soundscape.
We heard today that its support for Ardour is now complete (for the moment), meaning that it can both import and export to/from Ardour, and converts the following items:
- Tracks and regions, all placed exactly as they were in the original session.
- Envelope Gain automation
- track pan automation
- fades in and out
Here's what it doesn't convert:
- track gain automation
- bus/sends (every track gets routed into the Master inputs)
- plugins/plugin settings
AATranslator's developer(s) will soon be adding track gain automation, when support for this feature is added for all the other DAW's that AATranslator supports.
Ardour and AATranslator user "tbonedude", has tested AAT extensively, and reports that the program works perfectly in WINE (crossover pro 9 and WINE 1.2) that is packaged with Ubuntu. We imagine this will run fine on any recent version of WINE including those for OS X as well.
Although I do not like recommending Windows applications to solve problems faced by Ardour users, and although it would be nice if there was an open source solution for handling session file formats, AATranslator is nevertheless an established and general purpose tool that provides solutions to users of all the DAWs it supports. It is reasonably priced (US$59), and will allow Ardour users to have good session cross-compatiblity with just about any other DAW (ProTools included).
Find out more at http://www.aatranslator.com.au/. And let us know of your experience if you use it.