MIDI + LV2: still incomplete or just horribly broken?
I'm doing my best to be constructive here and not just bitching, honestly I don't mean any disrespect to the developers. I was feeling so enthusiastic about what could be done with Ardour 3 and I want to love it. I am very interested in a free, professional-grade DAW as a means to teach others to use Linux for MIDI sequencing.
I have a fairly simple workflow when it comes to making a track, not much beyond what Seq24 does. What I really needed was to be able to create a MIDI region that triggers different samples from an LV2 sampler plugin (preferably a single instance), each with different volume, panning and (ideally) effects chain. I would then need to able to copy / paste it, make copies unique and tweak them. It should be possible to save the project and re-load it as it was without having to launch any external apps such as Hydrogen. That's it.
In trying to achieve the above, I hit problem after problem after problem, lost random chunks of projects for no apparent reason and ended up tearing my hair out. I have raised four separate bug reports and am yet to even get started putting a track together, hoping this will be positive for future development at least. I have not donated any money to the project yet, but I hope to soon.
So is it just me? Is it just too soon to be using Ardour as my main MIDI sequencer? Really interested to know what others think here. I know it is a lot to expect from free and open-source software, but none of the bugs I have hit appear to exist in Qtractor. Ardour 3 strikes me as a beautiful piece of software, but so much of its basic functionality appears to be broken right now.