Ardour 2.8.10 is released

Ardour 2.8.10 is released into the wild today, primarily to fix an annoying regression in 2.8.9:
  • keyboard presses and releases are now correctly sent to Ardour created plugin GUIs (e.g. for LADSPA plugins), making it possible to use the keyboard to set parameter values and define preset names.
In addition, Ardour will no longer abort if your home directory is not writable, but exits cleanly with a (hopefully) clear error message. This bug really only affects first time users who have been playing around with their system in an unwise fashion.

AATranslator now has Ardour support : compatibility with other DAWs arrives!

AATranslator is a Windows program that converts sessions created in one DAW (or video editor) into formats understood by others. It supports session formats used by ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase, PreSonus Studio One, Vegas, Reaper, Wavelab, Pyramix, AMS Audiofile, Fairlight, Waveframe, DAR, N-Track, Sadie, Soundscape and more.

We heard today that its support for Ardour is now complete (for the moment), meaning that it can both import and export to/from Ardour. Read on below for more details on what it can do ....

Recovering from the mute bug ...

Although Ardour 2.8.9 no longer suffers from the subtle bug that caused the mute button(s) to no longer work by default, many users of Ardour will not see the situation change until they remove their ~/.ardour2/ardour.rc file. This probably contains default settings for mute like this:

    <Option name="mute-affects-pre-fader" value="yes"/>
    <Option name="mute-affects-post-fader" value="yes"/>
    <Option name="mute-affects-control-outs" value="yes"/>
    <Option name="mute-affects-main-outs" value="yes"/>

If your version of this file has value="no" for those options, you should either edit it by hand (its just a text file) so that it says value="yes" instead or just remove the file entirely. Editing is preferable, but removing the file will not hurt. Note that the following values y,Y,1,yes,Yes,YES are all equivalent to "yes" and similarly n,N,0,no,No,NO are all equivalent to "no".

You should also check the file /etc/ardour2/ardour_system.rc, or a related location if you installed Ardour somewhere non-standard) for the same issue, though it is less likely to be seen there. Do NOT remove this file - if it contains "no" as the settings for these options, you should edit the file.

Ardour 2.8.9 released

Just a couple of days since 2.8.8, and Ardour 2.8.9 is here. Why? It turned out that the infamous mute bug (which caused the mute button to do nothing) was actually not fixed in 2.8.8 (or prior versions where this has been claimed). This has been one of the worst regressions of recent versions of Ardour, and I mistakenly blamed packagers and distributions for it. Thankfully ardour.org member the_CLA spent time with me on IRC and we finally proved to my satisfaction that the bug was really in Ardour. Its now fixed, hopefully forever. Two other smaller but important bug fixes are described below ....

Ardour 2.8.8 released

Its June and Ardour 2.8.8 is finally here. Time for everyone to upgrade!

Although this is primarily a bug-fix release, some of the "bugs" fixed are so pervasive and significant that they could almost count as new features. In particular, automation editing has finally arrived at a place that people with experience on other DAWs may consider actually usable. Issues with alignment of new and existing recorded material are addressed too, and there are lots of other bug fixes for issues small and large (including 3 or 4 crashing bugs). Thanks to motivation provided by the Mixbus project, there are also yet more improvements to AudioUnit plugin handling on OS X. Anybody using Ardour 2.8.7 or earlier should upgrade to enjoy increased stability and better functionality. Read more below ...

Controlling Ardour with OSC, Part II: TouchOSC and Ardour

Max Breakwell has done what looks like a great job at providing a TouchOSC template for controlling Ardour. He has written all about it and for those of us with iPhones, iPod Touch or iPad (not sure if TouchOSC is available yet, but it will be), it looks really interesting and useful. Great job Max!

MIDI Binding Maps for Ardour 3.0 and later versions

Interesting Podcast on financing open source software (featuring Ardour)

Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge spend 12 minutes discussing possible models to fund the development of open source software, with Ardour as a featured example. There are some blog comments too (including a long one from me). http://shotofjaq.org/2010/03/opening-the-filthy-lucre/

What's been going on with Ardour?

There hasn't been much news posted here for a while, so I thought it was appropriate to update subscribers and other supporters of my work on Ardour on what has been going on. Development efforts have ben split (about 60:40) between Ardour 3.0 and continuing work on the 2.X series, both to fix bugs and to support the continuing improvement of Mixbus. Read more below ...

Ardour 2.8.7 released

Ardour 2.8.7 has been released and can be downloaded now. This is a bug fix release almost exclusively focused on OS X. These fixes enable correct operation and use of several "families" of AU plugins, including those from Stillwell/Schwa. If you've had issues with some AU's even after the 2.8.5 fixes, this is worth trying. Linux users who do not use the Czech translation have little reason to upgrade at this time.

Fixes

  • Smarter decision making when deciding which in/out configuration to choose when handling an AU plugin that has several.
  • When exporting/bouncing/consolidating, tell AU plugins the new processing blocksize so they will actually run during the process. Yes, that means what you think it means.
  • Remove use of std::locale() which is utterly and completely broken on OS X, and causes a program to crash if used with any actual national locale.
  • Don't reconfigure I/O of AU plugins when they already have the correct I/O configuration

Translation

Updated Czech translation from Pavel Fric

Contributors

Ben Loftis, Paul Davis, Pavel Fric