Ardour-ation? Unanswered questions before migration
I'm student at Full Sail entering the professional recording industry very soon. Kicking and screaming I have resolved to buy Pro Tools 7.1 M-powered because Pro Tools is the "industry standard" for whatever reason. I'm not new to the DAW thing, the Linux environment or programing (but I would rather not do any).
I am excited to discover this open source DAW which appears to have what I am looking for in a long term solution to my digital recording dramas, but I have a few questions.
#1 Surround Sound: Ardour has a surround mixer right? What file formats does it export eg. does it encode in Dolby? If I exported a surround sound mix in whatever format it does have now, could I create a DVD-Audio that would playback the surround sound encoding? If yes, using what application/package?
#2 Distributed processing: (my favourite possibility). Is it possible for a session's processing load in Ardour to be distributed over several computers, like in a BEOWOLF cluster, render farm, etc?
Thanks in advance.