Google Summer of Code 2007

We've applied to be accepted been accepted into the Google Summer of Code for 2007. Last year we had several great projects, a great time and both got some work done and brought some new developers onto the team. Let's repeat that this year! Project ideas inside...

Exporting to ogg from Ardour

I posted this on my blog a long time ago, but even google won't tell you its there.

From time to time people ask if it's possible to export directly to mp3 or ogg. The Ardour faq says that its meant for serious work, and that mp3 is not a suitable format.

However, sometimes it can be desireable to export to a lossy format, hd space restrictions being one good reason.

Ardour and DVD, soup to nuts.

Hello. This is not totally Ardour related, but useful to someone I hope. I do music for telly sometimes, and receive stuff on DVD. I make new music, sync it to picture myself and then send back a DVD so they can see if it works etc.

Hello from Keyboard Magazine

We've been following the development of Ardour for some time, and are planning a story on the current state of musicmaking on Linux as part of a DAW tech feature in an upcoming issue. On this thread, we'd love to hear from folks who are doing all or most of their production on a Linux-based system. We'll be gearing the article towards users who may be largely unfamiliar with Linux, and indeed, the entire open-source culture, but from my lurking here, it really seems like both the community and the tools are mature enough that we're able to talk about them alongside the familiar commercial products for Windows and Mac OS X.

I look forward to getting to know folks here, and should you have an interest in the keyboard-playing realm, I invite you to participate in the Keyboard Corner forum at Cheers,

Stephen Fortner, Technical Editor

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.