"The Ecology of Ardour" - article by Dave Phillips

Linux audio documentarian (as well as swell guitar player, teacher, CSound wrangler and all around nice guy) Dave Phillips has written a very nice article for Linux Journal that describes "the ecology of Ardour", and covers a number of "off-screen" developments and collaborations that some readers might not be aware. Thanks to Dave for the nice article.

The State of Ardour3

Quite a few people have been asking about the status of Ardour3. The short story is that we are getting closer to a beta release every day, in large part thanks to the outstanding work of Carl Hetherington and also a small group of very dedicated and helpful testers. Almost of the basic functionality planned an initial release is in place, which means that MIDI recording, playback and editing is in reasonable shape for use and that the audio side has too many improvements to count or even list here in this modest posting.

Ardour 2.8.11 is released

Ardour 2.8.11 is now available. It contains only 1 change from 2.8.10, but its an important one:

  • Do not prevent transport operations after an export (and potentially at other times)

All users are strongly recommended to upgrade. Remember that if you have a subscription or paid for an earlier 2.8 version, and were logged into ardour.org at that time, upgrades are free!

Mixbus and ArdourXchange

(this announcement comes from John Emmas, developer of ArdourXchange)

Owners of Harrison's Mixbus can now obtain a very cheap copy of ArdourXchange if they act quickly. Throughout July 2010 AxC will be on sale for just $20 (US) - that's less than half its normal retail price.

These Websites Are Members of the SEO Spam Hall of Shame

Listed below are URLs for websites that have arranged for people to come to this forum and post links to their sites, even though their sites are totally unrelated to Ardour, audio engineering or anything remotely related to what this site is about. Quite a few of them are probably scams as well. This post will be updated and their names will be added. Google is quite good at indexing ardour.org. You spam our site, we add your URL here.

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 ...