March Financial Goals: lots of new subscribers

Last month, 211 members of the Ardour community donated $8000 to support the continuing development of Ardour. It was a wonderful demonstration of the support for this software.

However, there at least 6,000 downloads of Ardour for OS X every month. Another 6,000+ source tarballs are downloaded every month, presumably destined mostly for Linux systems. And then there are the unknown number of people install binary packages of Ardour managed by their Linux distributions. We don't know how many of the downloads are repeats, how many never even use the software, how many run into a problem that ends their use before they even begin, etc. Clearly though, interest in the software is substantial, and it doesn't seem too unreasonable to guess that there are 100-1000 new users every month.

The donations give during February were fantastic, but they are a one time affair. The costs of being a full time developer of Ardour are, sadly, not one time. It would be great if that new user community could step up and support the project by subscribing, thus helping to build a base of long term financial support. Your $10/month subscription will help maintain our intense level of active development with multiple commits to the tree every day.

Please note: this is not an appeal to the long time user community who have already been very generous. Instead, try to convince another Ardour user (or two or three) to become a subscriber.

Of course, regular donations are still very welcome.

February Financial Goals Met

I often try to write in the 3rd person on this website, but for once I need to speak entirely in the first. It is hard for me to convey the extent of my gratitude to the 200+ people who contributed funds during February to allow me to keep working on Ardour full time. Either through donations or subscriptions, you have made it possible for me to keep working for at least a couple of months while I continue to figure out long term funding possibilities. I am so very thankful for the support you have all offered, and I will do everything I can to honor that support with good code, new releases and coming soon, a whole slew of new features. Thank you to everyone. Stay tuned for a slightly different focus for March ...

Site upgrade

Sorry about the slight downtime. I wanted to upgrade to the latest 4.7 drupal release. We should be good to go for now.

Mackie/Logic Control Support added to Ardour 2, Tranzport support improved

We've just merged code for Mackie MCU surfaces and new Tranzport code into the trunk for ardour2. It's available on svn right now, and will be in beta-12.

The tranzport control surface driver now has increased modularity and slightly more advanced support for metering. There are detailed instructions.

If you're a BCF2000 user and you're wondering if using your device in MCU emulation mode is worthwhile, here's the answer: no clicking on GUI controls and doing the midi-map thing; bank switching for as many tracks as you have in your session; no futzing with custom presets.

Read below for more ...

Use Ardour, Remix Real World, Gain Listeners & Fame!

It would be great if some Ardour users could participate in the latest Real World Remixed competition. The last one featured dramatic remixes of Peter Gabriel's Shock The Monkey, including some truly remarkable work that utterly transformed the song (be sure to listen to "A Monkey named Don Jose" and "The Trees").

This month's competition is based on a song by Joi, a Bengali group with lots of influences from all over. You download a pack of samples, load them into Ardour (its really easy!) and start mixing/editing/recording. If you take part, be sure to mention that you used Ardour and/or other free software tools. Jump to it!

Mac users shouldn't have to install X11

Now, don't get too excited, but we've made some great progress on removing the X11 requirement on MacOS X thanks to the gtk-quartz guys. Of course, you still need Jack, so this is still not a click-n-go thing like Logic. But don't worry, we are also working on removing the need to have Logic installed. :)

Here is a screenshot

It's hard to tell, but X11 isn't running at all. Stay tuned for more updates.

New manual format now online

After some sustained work by long-time Ardour contributor Tim Mayberry, the manual pages have been reformatted as DocBook XML and then rendered to a new online format. You can see the results in the usual place; I think they look great. Tim and others are still working on fine tuning the CSS file used for online formatting, so expect to see a few more changes. We will also be investigating options for keeping a Wiki-style system for editing. For the time being, the "source code" to the manual lives in subversion, under manual/ at the top level.

If you would like to help, documentation for DocBook is here.

Development Diary

Work is proceeding on getting Ardour 2.0 ready to enter the "RC" (release candidate) phase. Today, I managed to fix two significant issues:

  • embedding multichannel files was broken - you would get the first (left) channel for all channels. In addition, bringing in external audio "as a track" would always create a track that appeared to be 1in/2out, even though its actual signal processing was correct.
  • the "Make mono regions" action wasn't working either. This has been fixed, and the action now applies to all selected regions.

Finance: Ardour subscriptions

Subscribe to Ardour! A few hundred subscribers at $10/month will do a huge amount to stabilize the funding of Ardour development. Please consider a subscription today. Why you should subscribe. Read more below for information about the system.

2.0 beta 11.1 released

With several crash fixes, a smattering of minor featurettes, a tubful of bugs squashed and a whole dose of community support comes 2.0 beta11.1. The Mac OS X Tiger universal DMG is here. Read more for the changelog.