Ardour 3.0 alpha 5 released

Ardour 3.0 alpha 5 is now available:

After a longer than expected period (alphas will be rolling out every 24-72 hours from now on, I hope), the Ardour team is glad to bring you Ardour 3.0 Alpha 5. This is still an alpha release, but thanks to the amazing and diligent work of Carl Hetherington, has many, many fixes for bugs that surfaced as people have been testing Alpha 4. Read more below for the full list of fixes.

There's also a new feature, not finished as of this release, that allows you to "combine" multiple regions in a track into a single region (and, if necessary, later uncombine them with minimal loss of editing decisions). This is part of a rationalization of the options that Ardour offers for "this sort of thing", and will be completed for Alpha 6.

Ardour 3.0 alpha 4 released

Ardour 3.0 alpha 4 is here with a mixture of bug and packaging fixes. Pick up the packages:

and read below for the fixes/changes...

Ardour 3.0 alpha 3 released

Another day, another alpha release. And yes, the URLs do not end in ".bz2" anymore. See below for why ...

Changes since alpha 2

  • OSC control now included
  • MIDI binding maps now included (and usable)
  • Package now has an installer, and a README file.
    The installer will put the package into /opt and will attempt to put a link to it on your desktop. The uninstall script (also placed in /opt will remove both the package and the desktop link.
  • name changed to 3.0alpha3

Ardour 3.0 alpha 2 released

A new pair of binary packages of Ardour 3 alpha 2 are now available:

Changes since alpha 1

  • "Light" GUI theme now included (no more crashing if you switch to use it)
  • Control surfaces now discovered correctly (not yet OSC, that will be in alpha 3)
  • fixed crash when saving MIDI region automation
  • MIDI note display now uses "scientific notation" (
  • a couple of build system improvements and fixes
  • MIDI hardware ports have slightly prettier names (no more alsa_pcm: prefix)

Ardour 3.0 alpha 1 released

We are happy to announce the first alpha release of Ardour 3.0. This is not the final release of 3.0, and its not even a beta release. Please read more below on what to expect from this alpha version.

Recent Purchasing Problems

It appears that PayPal has a bug that started a few weeks ago and is interfering in the smooth completion of the download process for some of our customers. If you run into problems after what you believe was a successful transaction, please point your browser at, enter your invoice ID (not transaction ID) from the your payment confirmation email, and your download will start.

We hope that PayPal will resolve this issue soon. I've amended our order processing system to try to help people when it appears that PayPal's bug has interfered with their transaction.

Harrison Mixbus is now available for Linux and OS X

Great news from Harrison Consoles .... and yes, for those who are curious, your purchase of Mixbus does generate some income for Ardour.

Mixbus™ is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with "True Analog Mixing"™: a combination of Harrison's world-renowned sound and features in a knob-per-function interface. Now cross-platform on both Linux and OSX, Mixbus provides a solution for engineers and mixers who need a recorder, editor and mixing system with world-class sound and features.

screenshot of Harrison Mixbus

Plugins, Plugins & More Plugins: Linux DSP MKII Graph-EQ

Announcement from Mr. LinuxDSP: LinuxDSP has recently released the MKII Graph-EQ. This is a significant feature upgrade to the original graphical eq, and not only adds a much improved user interface which shows individual frequency bands in addition to the main EQ curve, but also adds another type of parametric filter which uses innovative DSP processing to provide a de-cramped frequency response similar to analogue EQs.

Plugins offering similar functionality on other platforms can cost as much as $500 and sometimes require extra DSP hardware, which makes this plugin a very cost effective solution. Combine it with the MBC2 multiband compressor to provide a high quality mastering solution. It can be found here:

LV2 IR (Impulse Response) Convolution Reverb Plugin

Tom Szilagyi recently announced a working release of his new LV2 plugin, IR, about which he says "IR is a zero-latency, realtime, high performance signal convolver especially for creating reverb effects. Supports impulse responses with 1, 2 or 4 channels, in any soundfile format supported by libsndfile."

The feature list looks great:
  • Zero-latency convolution of impulse responses with stereo audio
  • Supports Mono, Stereo and 'True Stereo' (4-channel) impulses
  • Realtime operation
  • Very reasonable CPU consumption
  • Maximum impulse length: 1M samples (~22 seconds @ 48kHz)
  • Loads a large number of audio file formats
  • High quality sample rate conversion of impulse responses
  • Stretch control (via high quality SRC in one step integrated with impulse loading)
  • Pre-delay control (0-2000 ms)
  • Stereo width control of input signal & impulse response (0-150%)
  • Envelope alteration with immediate visual feedback: Attack time/percent, Envelope, Length
  • Reverse impulse response
  • Autogain: change impulses without having to adjust 'Wet gain'
  • Impulse response visualization (linear/logarithmic scale, peak & RMS)
  • Easy interface for fast browsing and loading impulse responses
  • Free software released under the GNU GPL v2

More information is available on the IR website. Tom thanked Fons Adriaensen for his work on zita-convolver and Erik de Castro Lopo for both libsndfile and libsamplerate, so we should too.

New features coming in Ardour 3.0

Ardour 3.0 is nearing its first alpha release. As usual, it has been available via SVN for those who want to build it from source during the entire development process, but we are now approaching the point where more user feedback will be useful in finalizing 3.0 before an official release. Below is a (growing) list of new features in 3.0, with links to individual pages that discuss them in more detail.