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).

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.


  • 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


Updated Czech translation from Pavel Fric


Ben Loftis, Paul Davis, Pavel Fric

Reflections on "Intuitive"

People sometimes criticize a piece of software as being "unintuitive". In fact, its one of the most common complaints you'll hear whenever anyone starts using a new piece of software. Its often entirely justified too - its rare that a complex application manages to be obvious to every new user, or even most new users. Some software developers have a good track record here, Apple in particular, whose rules and guidelines for how to design user interfaces keeps on manage to churn out remarkably intuitive software. Well, it does as long the application is fairly simple and its scope is well defined. By the time you get to applications such as Final Cut Pro or Logic Pro, it would be hard to find anyone who found them "intuitive" in the same way that, say, iTunes or even Garageband is. Read more below ...

Ardour 2.8.6 released

Ardour 2.8.6 is released. There is only one one difference to 2.8.5 - VST-enabled builds for Linux are possible. There are no functional changes, and absolutely no changes for OS X, so I am leaving the current version for OS X at 2.8.5. The release was done mostly for the sake of those Linux distributions which provide a VST enabled build and don't like to work directly from SVN.

Ardour 2.8.5 released

Ardour 2.8.5 has been released. Although I had hoped that the next release would be an alpha version of 3.0, we have accumulated too many critical bug fixes and a few nice to have features to let 2.8.5 wait any longer. OS X users of Ardour are STRONGLY recommended to immediately upgrade to fix a number of nasty problems that should now be gone. Similarly, anyone using MIDI control surfaces with a "Stop" transport button should upgrade NOW to avoid data loss when recording and using that button. Read more below for detailed release notes ...

New Ardour user manual (from FLOSS Manuals)

There is a new manual for Ardour available from FLOSS Manuals, a primarily volunteer organization dedicated to providing documentation for FLOSS ("Free Libre Open Source Software"). In this case, long time Ardour user and advocate Derek Holzer organized a week long effort to get the basics of the manual in place, with great results. At this point, there are more than a dozen contributors who have helped the documentation effort. The contents continue to expand and improve - you can volunteer to help out too if you wish. Read what Derek had to say about this on the Ardour forums.

Ardour Setup Images

Lets collect some photographs of Ardour setups, perhaps with info on the other gear you're using it with. It doesn't have to be fancy - anything that might help convince others that Ardour might be a useful tool for them. You can include a link to a small photo in an <img> tag, and then include the text of the full link - I or someone will convert into a proper link later. First up, Niels Ott in Tübingen, Germany

Niels Ott's Ardour setup