How do I make a high-quality stereo master?
I have so far been able to "record" (save) Ardour files/projects to disk, but obviously this is a bulky and 'proprietary' format.
Up to now I have simply connected the master-output to the D/A Outputs for monitoring.
I suppose I could either take a 'digital out' (SPDIF?) from an appropriate card,
or else pump the output into an external third-party tape unit to make an analog stereo master tape.
But surely this may be adding processing and noise, and deteriorating the signal.
Ideally I would really want to pump the output of Ardour's master tracks directly to disk,
in the highest sample-rate/quallity possible.
It isn't intuitive how I would do that:
Is there a 3rd-party piece of software that is the default recommended method?
What should I be running, in order to produce a high-fidelity file I can play back with Alsaplayer or share with friends?
What is the best format for such a file? I am thinking gathering songs to later burn a high-fi audio CD.
Any hints or recommendations?