Music, 2013

This isn't a music site, but Ardour exists mostly for the purpose of about making music and as we draw close to the end of 2013, I wanted to provide my own counter to a few other websites' "Best of 2013" music lists. I listen to music almost non-stop while developing Ardour - often Soma.FM's "Sonic Universe" stream - and it plays a very important role in the process, and my life in general.

Ardour 3.5.74 released

Ardour 3.5.74 is released to make sure that a variety of very useful fixes plus a couple of functional improvements are available to as many users as possible. If you use Ardour with one of our translations, you should almost certainly update, because there we have fixed lot of subtle breakage caused by the translation process. For others, read over the changes and you can decide for yourself if you would benefit from an update.

Fetch it from the usual place. The OS X demo version has been updated too.

Read on below for more information on what was in 3.5.74 ...

Ardour 3.5.14 released

In order to fix a few notable issues with 3.5, we are releasing Ardour 3.5.14 today.

  • Click/Metronome not connected in new sessions
  • Impossible to record when using JACK Transport synchronization
  • MIDI output errors
  • the environment variable SUIL_MODULE_DIR is now overridden rather than appended to (it is not a search path). This fixes issues using the ardour.org bundles on Linux distributions like KXStudio which set SUIL_MODULE_DIR by default.
  • The OS X beta/demo is now enabled for translation if desired. This feature has not been present in earlier 3.x builds for OS X.
There are no other functional changes. The OS X 64 bit 10.7 or later beta/demo has been updated.

Ardour 3.5 released

Another month, another Ardour update release. 3.5 doesn't include any major new features, but does come with a major architectural change and improvements in two significant aspects of workflow. As usual you can download it from the usual place, and as usual subscribers get this update without cost.

Ardour is now (theoretically) no longer dependent on JACK. The functionality provided by JACK has been abstracted to allow 3rd parties to provide implementations that directly use various platform native audio and MIDI APIs (such as CoreAudio on OS X or ASIO on Windows).

Of course, Ardour can still be run with JACK, and this option is not going away. We hope to see these other "backends" emerge over the next few months. For now, users should not experience any functional changes when using Ardour.

This has led to many improvements in the Ardour source code and some visible changes as the program starts up. Read more below for some details.

Is Ardour3 released for OS X yet?

As usual, OS X users are stuck with a beta demo release though unlike previous releases this is for 64 bit OS X 10.7 and later only. It will not run on early systems. We hope to have some resources to put into OS X after 3.7 is released.

What's up next?

The next major release 3.6 will feature an entirely new "canvas" for drawing and managing the editor window's main track display. Release 3.7 will be focused on significant fixes and improvements for MIDI workflows.

Ardour 3.4 released

Ardour 3.4 is released, after a month and half of the lazy, hot, travel-filled days of the end of summer (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, at least). This is primarily a maintainance release, with a couple of new features that will prove useful for various users. Note: one of the fixes addresses a very serious issue with session clean-up in cases where time-stretched or pitch-shifted regions are present. Anyone who ever uses these features of Ardour is absolutely and unequivocally advised to upgrade.

As usual you can download it from the usual place, and as usual subscribers get this update without cost. Thanks to everyone for their support (and encouragement).

Once again, the OS X release situation has still not improved, though a demo copy of 3.4 is available (fully featured except that is has no video timeline, no saving or restoring of plugin settings, and no plugin presets).

Read more below for full details.

Ardour 3.3 released

Keeping up with our roughly monthly new releases, Ardour 3.3 is out and includes a few new features and the usual assortment of bug fixes. Developers Robin Gareus and Colin Fletcher did some great work to push this release forward.

As usual you can download it from the usual place, and as usual subscribers get this update without cost. Thanks to everyone for their support (and encouragement).

Regrettably, the OS X release situation has still not improved, with a variety of things that require attention there (particularly plugin support) before a real release can be considered. A demo copy of 3.3 is available (fully featured except that is has no saving or restoring of plugin settings, and no plugin presets).

Read the full details below ...

Ardour 3.2 released - Video comes to Ardour

Über-developer Robin Gareus has worked for a couple of years to add video support to Ardour, and with this release, we are pleased to finally enable it. In addition there are a couple of new features (including the ability to chain MIDI processing plugins) and the usual assorted list of bug fixes.

As usual, you can fetch the update from the download page.

Full details of the video timeline support and other changes are shown below (click "Read more")

(June 13th 2013, 22:24 UTC: An initial version of the 32 bit Linux release was corrupted. A new version with md5 signature: 6ad6989741dd9de0b5d1596dd017dfd7 has been uploaded. If you downloaded an earlier version (only about 72MB rather than 110MB, just download it again or use http://ardour.org/download_revisit to re-use your Invoice ID. Apologies for the mistake)

OpenID login removed

OpenID support in Drupal 6.x (which is what community.ardour.org is based on) really doesn't work very well. Rather than cause hassle and confusion for people trying to use their OpenID accounts (when it doesn't work), I've disabled OpenID support for now. If and when we upgrade to Drupal 7, which has much improved OpenID support (and support for similar systems), I will reinstate it.

Ardour 3.1.10 released

A packaging mistake led to Ardour 3.1 being released without any translation enabled. Ardour 3.1.10 is now available for those who prefer to work in one of the translated languages (German, French, Spanish, Portugese, Norwegian, Italian, Russian and others).

There are no other functional changes compared to 3.1. The source code release remains unchanged (since translations are generated during the build process).

You can get it as usual from the download page

Ardour 3.1 released

As previously announced, we plan to make regular, frequent releases of Ardour now that the 3.x series has finally been released. About month after 3.0, 3.1 is ready with the usual cocktail of new features, workflow improvements and bug fixes. The full set of changes can be seen here.

As usual, you can fetch the update from the download page at http://ardour.org/download Please remember that you can install multiple versions of Ardour from ardour.org, so you can keep any existing versions around if you wish to (you are asked about this during the installation process).