Ardour 3.3 released

Keeping up with our roughly monthly new releases, Ardour 3.3 is out and includes a few new features and the usual assortment of bug fixes. Developers Robin Gareus and Colin Fletcher did some great work to push this release forward.

As usual you can download it from the usual place, and as usual subscribers get this update without cost. Thanks to everyone for their support (and encouragement).

Regrettably, the OS X release situation has still not improved, with a variety of things that require attention there (particularly plugin support) before a real release can be considered. A demo copy of 3.3 is available (fully featured except that is has no saving or restoring of plugin settings, and no plugin presets).

Read the full details below ...

Ardour 3.2 released - Video comes to Ardour

Über-developer Robin Gareus has worked for a couple of years to add video support to Ardour, and with this release, we are pleased to finally enable it. In addition there are a couple of new features (including the ability to chain MIDI processing plugins) and the usual assorted list of bug fixes.

As usual, you can fetch the update from the download page.

Full details of the video timeline support and other changes are shown below (click "Read more")

(June 13th 2013, 22:24 UTC: An initial version of the 32 bit Linux release was corrupted. A new version with md5 signature: 6ad6989741dd9de0b5d1596dd017dfd7 has been uploaded. If you downloaded an earlier version (only about 72MB rather than 110MB, just download it again or use to re-use your Invoice ID. Apologies for the mistake)

Ardour 3.1.10 released

A packaging mistake led to Ardour 3.1 being released without any translation enabled. Ardour 3.1.10 is now available for those who prefer to work in one of the translated languages (German, French, Spanish, Portugese, Norwegian, Italian, Russian and others).

There are no other functional changes compared to 3.1. The source code release remains unchanged (since translations are generated during the build process).

You can get it as usual from the download page

Ardour 3.1 released

As previously announced, we plan to make regular, frequent releases of Ardour now that the 3.x series has finally been released. About month after 3.0, 3.1 is ready with the usual cocktail of new features, workflow improvements and bug fixes. The full set of changes can be seen here.

As usual, you can fetch the update from the download page at Please remember that you can install multiple versions of Ardour from, so you can keep any existing versions around if you wish to (you are asked about this during the installation process).

Ardour 3.0 is released

The Ardour team is happy to announce the release of Ardour 3.0 for Linux systems (OS X releases will follow in a few weeks).

This is the first release of Ardour that features support for MIDI recording, playback and editing. It also features a huge number of changes to audio workflow, which for many users may be more significant than the MIDI support. For an overview of the changes, please read the What's New page.

Incorrect Release of Ardour 2.8.16 for OS X Intel

The recent release of Ardour 2.8.16 for OS X Intel was incorrectly packaged, which led to it missing the ability to save/restore AudioUnit plugin settings (i.e. just like the cost-free version).

If you paid for a copy of this, please send me ( your invoice ID and I will send you (quick) instructions on how you can get a new (correct) copy. The version now available via has been updated.

My sincere apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by this mistake.

Ardour 2.8.16 is released

Hot on the heels of 2.8.15 comes a minor upgrade to 2.8.16. This release is of significance to only 2 groups of people:

  • People who use a FFADO-supported audio interface on Linux and like to start JACK from within Ardour (this has been fixed to use the correct "firewire" driver name)
  • Packagers for Linux distributions (this release will now build using SYSLIBS=1 on most current Linux distributions, unlike 2.8.15 which was almost impossible to build under any circumstances)
Get it as usual from

Ardour 2.8.15 is released

From out the depths it came ... a maintainance release of Ardour 2.8, number 15 in the series. Not many changes in this release:

Ardour 3 Beta 5 Released

Its been two months and more than 600 source code changes since beta4. I had announced no more betas for Ardour 3, but we've accumulated a prodigious set of changes, fixes, new functionality that it seems silly to try to hold back. Without further ado, here is Ardour 3 beta 5, absolute the last beta release:

(the files have been removed because beta5 is now too old to be useful for testing. beta3 will be out shortly. - paul, march 1st 2013)

Ardour 2.8.14 released

Coming rapidly after our last release, Ardour 2.8.14 includes just a couple of fixes:

  • packaging changes that make various plugin GUIs work correctly (notably the DISTRHO LV2 ports of TAL plugins)
  • Generic MIDI bindings to non-toggle controls using note on/off messages now work in a sane way. Previously, Ardour did something quite odd in this scenario. This enables several generic MIDI controllers to be used much more easily to control the transport state, and several other things too.
  • Bindings to the transport control buttons for return-to-start, goto-end and play-selection now work correctly.
The release can be downloaded in the usual place.