The Ardour team is happy to announce the release of Ardour 3.0 for Linux systems (OS X releases will follow in a few weeks).
This is the first release of Ardour that features support for MIDI recording, playback and editing. It also features a huge number of changes to audio workflow, which for many users may be more significant than the MIDI support. For an overview of the changes, please read the What's New page.
There were a few issues affecting new user registrations on the new site after it was activated on Monday. These have now been fixed. User registration was successful, but outbound email was not sent.
If you tried to register and failed to get the confirmation email, please click on the "Request new password" link over there in the login box (upper left area of this page). Then enter the email address you used on the site and click the button. You should get a new email with a new password fairly quickly. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this issue.
The ardour.org website has been revamped and rehosted.
The site is now split into two components:
- An entirely "static" site without logins, or forums or any user-created content. Super-fast delivery, and steadily increasing, usefully arranged information
- The "old" Drupal-based site that has user logins, forums, the download system, donates, subscriptions and so forth
Both sites are now hosted on an Amazon EC2 instance, providing vastly more responsive service (at some increase in cost).
The recent release of Ardour 2.8.16 for OS X Intel was incorrectly packaged, which led to it missing the ability to save/restore AudioUnit plugin settings (i.e. just like the cost-free version).
If you paid for a copy of this, please send me (email@example.com) your invoice ID and I will send you (quick) instructions on how you can get a new (correct) copy. The version now available via ardour.org has been updated.
My sincere apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by this mistake.
Hot on the heels of 2.8.15 comes a minor upgrade to 2.8.16. This release is of significance to only 2 groups of people:
- People who use a FFADO-supported audio interface on Linux and like to start JACK from within Ardour (this has been fixed to use the correct "firewire" driver name)
- Packagers for Linux distributions (this release will now build using SYSLIBS=1 on most current Linux distributions, unlike 2.8.15 which was almost impossible to build under any circumstances)
From out the depths it came ... a maintainance release of Ardour 2.8, number 15 in the series. Not many changes in this release:
A decision has finally been made regarding the release of Ardour 3.0. First, some general stuff.
Our website host has changed the "host key" used to identify the machine we know and love as subversion.ardour.org. Existing attempts to access the SVN repository with write access will fail. To fix this, remove subversion.ardour.org from your ~/.ssh/known_hosts file, and the next time you attempt to connect to the SVN repository just answer the questions in the affirmative.
For the justifiably paranoid among us, the new RSA key is:
Some people who come across Ardour and start reading about its "odd" license (the GPL, used by thousands or tens of thousands of software applications and libraries around the world) end up asking "what is with this whole open source/free software thing anyway?" or "why don't the Ardour developers just release Ardour like a normal commercial, proprietary program?".
It isn't a complete answer to this kind of question, but as exhibit 13.1(a) part 8, I offer you:
Its been two months and more than 600 source code changes since beta4. I had announced no more betas for Ardour 3, but we've accumulated a prodigious set of changes, fixes, new functionality that it seems silly to try to hold back. Without further ado, here is Ardour 3 beta 5, absolute the last beta release:
(the files have been removed because beta5 is now too old to be useful for testing. beta3 will be out shortly. - paul, march 1st 2013)