Another two months of development has rolled by, involving more than 600 commits by developers, and it's time for us to release Ardour 5.6. Although there are no major new features in this release, there is the usual list of dozens of bug fixes major and minor, plus some workflow and GUI enhancements. There has been a significant rearrangement of the transport bar to try to use space more efficiently and effectively. The new design also permits session navigation while using the Mixer tab, and there are numerous optionally visible elements. Similarly, the Preferences dialog was rearranged to try to make it easier to find and browse the many, many available options. Other interesting new features: session archiving, a new General MIDI default synth for MIDI tracks, and direct and immediate control of routing for heavily multichannel (typically multitimbral) synth plugins.
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Ardour 5.5 is now available, with a variety of new features and many notable and not-so-notable fixes. Among the notable new features are support for VST 2.4 plugins on OS X, the ability to have MIDI input follow MIDI track selection, support for Steinberg CC121, Avid Artist & Artist Mix Control surfaces, "fanning out" of instrument outputs to new tracks/busses and the often requested ability to do horizontal zoom via vertical dragging on the rulers. There are also the usual always-ongoing improvements to scripting and OSC support.
As in the past, some features including OSX VST support, Instrument Fanout, and Avid Artist support were made possible by sponsorship from Harrison Consoles.
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Ardour 5.4 is now available, with important bug fixes for MIDI (including looping), dozens of less significant but still noteworthy fixes and new features, plus the first version of our support for Ableton's Push 2 surface.
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Ardour 5.3 is almost entirely a bug fix release that corrects a number of issues noticed and corrected since 5.1.
There was no 5.2 release, due to a mistake during the release process.
If you're looking for information about Ardour 5.0, you'll want to read the release notes.
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Ardour 5.1 is primarily a bug fix release that corrects a number of issues (some notable, some minor) that were discovered after 5.0 had been released. There are a few new features and some improvements in the GUI, Lua and OSC support. Most users will want to upgrade to 5.1 as soon as possible.
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Ardour 5.0 is now available for Linux, OS X and Windows. This is a major release focused on substantial changes to the GUI and major new features related to mixing, plugin use, tempo maps, scripting and more. As usual, there are also hundreds of bug fixes. Ardour 5.0 can be parallel-installed with older versions of the program, and does not use the same preference files. It will load sessions from Ardour 2, 3 and 4, though with some potential minor changes.
Windows is now a supported platform
This is the first version of Ardour with official Windows support. Several years of products based on Ardour and our own nightly builds for Windows have made us confident that Ardour runs just as well on Windows as other platforms. We will not be providing support with:
- installing Ardour on Windows
- issues with audio hardware
- system- or user-specific issues
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The master development branch of Ardour has recently been merged with two major development branches. These bring major new functionality to Ardour (tempo ramps and VCA masters, among other things), but the result is a new version of Ardour. This version is sufficiently different that it could alter/damage your Ardour configuration files and may not correctly work with existing sessions. We have therefore tagged it "5.0-pre0" so that it will create new configuration folders and not interact with your settings and preferences for older versions of Ardour.
We have released an updated version of Ardour 4.7 for OS X (technically Ardour 4.7.13). The main release included a bug introduced at the last minute that completely broke the operation of all
Command-<key> shortcuts. There are no other notable changes at this time. Anyone who downloaded the original 4.7.0 for OS X should get the new one to avoid this issue. Sincere apologies for the lack of full testing of the changes made so close to the release.
Ardour 4.7 is now available, including a variety of improvements and minor bug fixes. The two most significant changes are:
- A new dialog that shows a detailed and wide-ranging analysis of the audio file(s) generated by export. It shows waveform, spectral and level distribution views as well as peak and true peak level information and allows for previewing of the exported files. The development of this dialog was sponsored by Harrison Consoles, and represents another great example of their collaborative engagement with the Ardour development process.
- The greatly improved version of Mackie Control support that we're really excited about. Ardour's support for these devices is now very close to where we want it to be in terms of using the visibly obvious features of most Mackie Control surfaces. We still plan to go deeper into plugin control and more in future releases.
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