Basic definition of software suggested.
It's possible that businesspeople have badgered programmers for too long, never to define what a program does in the programmer' terms. But to the contrary, I feel that this is one aspect of Ardour, which could be corrected. We need to define what our programs do, so that other people than our managers will know whether they need the software or not.
I don't mean for this to be short in any way, but even though I have Ardour 2 compiled and installed, I still don't know what it does. The Web site declares that it's a DAW, but a DAW needs to have some functions which Ardour doesn't have (according to the same Web site). According to what the Web site describes, Ardour is just a multitracker. The fact that it has no sequencer prevents it from being a DAW.
I've had musicians ask me, "Dirk, you have Ardour. What does it do?"
And I've honestly had to tell them "I have no idea!"
Given that Ardour 2 has no sequencing capability, nor MIDI tracks, nor loops, what then is the purpose of connecting a MIDI controller to a multitracker? And if there is a purpose, this purpose needs to be explained on the Web site somewhere. We have a goal in mind, before we start thinking about how to connect our boxes.
For example, one question which people commonly have would be, 'I have a MIDI controller keyboard, which my computer recognizes. How can I use it to play a melody?'
One possible answer which I could try to guess at, could be, 'When you send your MIDI controller's note sequence to the MIDI remote control channel of an Ardour wave track, Ardour will pitch-bend the sound of the sample on that track, so that playing middle C will preserve the original pitch of the sound.'
But this type of an answer would be sheer guesswork on my part, I don't answer people with guesses, and it's exactly this sort of answer which IT managers hate, and which would need to go on your Web site. What do the MIDI controller surfaces do, with Ardour? Do I need to climb and take the MIDI controller keyboard out of my other room and carry it over here, before I can know whether the potential ever existed, to do what I wanted to do?