Ardour 4.7 released

Ardour 4.7 is now available, including a variety of improvements and minor bug fixes. The two most significant changes are:

  1. A new dialog that shows a detailed and wide-ranging analysis of the audio file(s) generated by export. It shows waveform, spectral and level distribution views as well as peak and true peak level information and allows for previewing of the exported files. The development of this dialog was sponsored by Harrison Consoles, and represents another great example of their collaborative engagement with the Ardour development process.
  2. The greatly improved version of Mackie Control support that we're really excited about. Ardour's support for these devices is now very close to where we want it to be in terms of using the visibly obvious features of most Mackie Control surfaces. We still plan to go deeper into plugin control and more in future releases.

The full list of changes is shown below.

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Ardour 4.6 released

Ardour 4.6, our first release of 2016, is now available. 4.6 includes some notable new features - deep support for the Presonus FaderPort control surface, Track/Bus duplication, a new Plugin sidebar for the Mixer window - as well as the usual dozens of fixes and improvements to all aspects of the application, particularly automation editing.

The full list of changes is shown below.

For the curious, there was no 4.5 release. This just happens sometimes.

Reflections on the Loop summit

The last weekend of October 2015 found me at Loop, a "summit for music makers" organized by Ableton AG, the makers of Live, and taking place in Berlin. The summit gathered a wide range of notable people from many different intersections of music, technology and creativity, including musicians, producers, engineers, designers, researchers and more.

Ardour 4.4 released

The Ardour project is pleased to announce the release of 4.4. Like 4.2, this is primarily a bug fix release, but the list of fixes is long. Stability and correctness with MIDI is much improved, and most users will benefit in some way from the long list of fixes.

The significant GUI changes we planned to include in this release will now be in a soon-to-appear future version (or in the nightly builds in the very near future).

Ardour 4.2 released

The Ardour project is pleased to announce the release of 4.2. This is primarily a bug fix release, but the list of fixes is long, and we've also replaced the audio/MIDI IO backend for Windows with completely new code which we think will address some of the issues faced on that platform. This release also sees the return of downloads for Apple PowerPC platforms.

There are other exciting changes waiting in the wings for 4.3, but we're already slightly off our monthly release schedule, and this long list of fixes merits a release of its own.

Ardour 4.1 released

The Ardour project is pleased to announce the release of 4.1 with a great line-up of new features such as input gain control, Save As for projects, click-free changes to processor order and meter position, relative snapping, faster waveform rendering, Hi-DPI/Retina support and more! As usual, quite a few bugs have been mercilessly slayed. Encouragingly, we also have one of our longest ever contributor lists for this release.

Another Great LibreMusicProduction article: hardware inserts

Conor McCormack just posted another amazingly good tutorial for Ardour over at Libre Music Production, this time on using hardware inserts. Read the whole thing: http://libremusicproduction.com/tutorials/how-use-outboard-gear-ardour.

Help us debug GUI performance on certain video interfaces

Several users have reported that the GUI (graphical user interface) of Ardour 4.x is slow on their systems. We know that this is caused by a combination of video interfaces and the driver for the video interface, but we don't know which video interfaces or which drivers are to blame. By default Ardour 4.x tries to get the video hardware to accelerate drawing, which may or may not happen depending on the card and driver. We could use your help in trying to understand what is happening and where.

About Subscriptions

There are a number of recurrent questions about subscriptions to Ardour that come up. This article tries to collect them all and provide a coherent set of answers.

Ardour 4.0 released

The Ardour project is pleased to announce the release of Ardour 4.0. This release brings many technical improvements, as well as new features and over a thousand bug fixes.

The biggest changes in this release:

  • Better cross platform support. Ardour now runs on GNU/Linux, OS X and for the first time, Windows.
  • JACK is no longer required, making it easier than ever for new users to get Ardour up and running (though JACK is still usable with Ardour).
  • The user interface has seen a thorough overhaul, leading to a more modern and polished experience.

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Read more below for a more detailed summary of the changes ...