Something that's been baffling me for a while now is the actual sound quality in ardour.
As a test I recently imported exactly the same audio tracks into ardour and qtractor ( both running with the same jack setup ), all settings ( levels, panning etc exactly the same & no plugins). Qtractor playback sounds fine, just like what I heard while recording, Ardour sounds flat and lacking dymanics. Applying plugins in Qtractor sounds fine, in Ardour they sound less good ( presumably because with no plugins it sounds flat ). Recording in Audacity gives similar results to Qtractor.
Also with exactly the same setup in both programs ( jack latency @ 2.3ms ), I get latency issues with Ardour and not with Qtractor.( makes my guitar playing sound like a dog at times) I noticed in the new beta that there are latency compensation options for plugins, does this mean I have to tweak each track?
I would prefer to use Ardour, it's intuitive, well thought out ad offers additional features, but the main purpose is to produce the highest quality output. Currently Qtractor delivers what I expect and Ardour not.
I running ubuntu studio(rt) and get similar results from UbS stock 2.8.11 Ardour_64bit-2.8.14_13065 & Ardour_64bit-3.0beta5_13072, although the latency seems better in 2.8.14.
If anyone could shed some light on why this is and/or some advise on how to improve the sound quality I'd be grateful.