3.0 alpha8 is now available. Its not a huge set of changes, but does include fixes for several crashing bugs. One important thing to note up-front is that some changes introduced in alpha7 have seriously broken a number of aspects of automation track display and editing (this includes MIDI Controller data). Fixing these issues (not being able to edit the data, track heights and visibility being wrong) will be the first priority when I start working on alpha9 next week.
Ready-to-run binary packages can be found here:
- Linux 64 bit Intel: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_64bit-3.0alpha8_9766-dbg.tar
- Linux 32 bit Intel: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_32bit-3.0alpha8_9766-dbg.tar
Hot on the heels of alpha6, here is the 7th alpha release of Ardour 3.0. This fixes a major regression related to panning in alpha6, adds MIDI note selection channel editing, and a variety of other fixes and improvements (See below for more details). Ready-to-run binary packages can be found here:
- Linux 64 bit Intel: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_64bit-3.0alpha7_9732-dbg.tar
- Linux 32 bit Intel: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_32bit-3.0alpha7_9732-dbg.tar
As usual, somewhat later than expected, but here is the 6th alpha release of Ardour 3.0. A little bit of new functionality here, a bit of GUI polishing, and quite a few crashing bugs fixed. Ready-to-run binary packages can be found here:
- Linux 64 bit Intel: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_64bit-3.0alpha6_9711-dbg.tar
- Linux 32 bit Intel: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_32bit-3.0alpha6_9711-dbg.tar
Note: with this release, the session file format has been altered. The changes should cause no data loss but automation track visibility may be different when loading sessions created with old ardour3 versions.
Read more below for full details ...
Ardour 3.0 alpha 5 is now available:
- Linux 64 bit: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_64bit-3.0alpha5_9607-dbg.tar
- Linux 32 bit: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_32bit-3.0alpha5_9607-dbg.tar
After a longer than expected period (alphas will be rolling out every 24-72 hours from now on, I hope), the Ardour team is glad to bring you Ardour 3.0 Alpha 5. This is still an alpha release, but thanks to the amazing and diligent work of Carl Hetherington, has many, many fixes for bugs that surfaced as people have been testing Alpha 4. Read more below for the full list of fixes.
There's also a new feature, not finished as of this release, that allows you to "combine" multiple regions in a track into a single region (and, if necessary, later uncombine them with minimal loss of editing decisions). This is part of a rationalization of the options that Ardour offers for "this sort of thing", and will be completed for Alpha 6.
Ardour 3.0 alpha 4 is here with a mixture of bug and packaging fixes. Pick up the packages:
- Linux, 32 bit: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_32bit-3.0alpha4_9292-dbg.tar
- Linux, 64 bit: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_64bit-3.0alpha4_9292-dbg.tar
Another day, another alpha release. And yes, the URLs do not end in ".bz2" anymore. See below for why ...
- 64 bit Linux: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_64bit-3.0alpha3_9210-dbg.tar
- 32 bit Linux: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_32bit-3.0alpha3_9210-dbg.tar
Changes since alpha 2
- OSC control now included
- MIDI binding maps now included (and usable)
- Package now has an installer, and a README file.
The installer will put the package into /opt and will attempt to put a link to it on your desktop. The uninstall script (also placed in /opt will remove both the package and the desktop link.
- name changed to 3.0alpha3
- 32 bit linux: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_x86-3.0alpha1_9197-dbg.tar.bz2
- 64 bit linux: http://ardour.org/files/Ardour_x86_64-3.0alpha1_9197-dbg.tar.bz2
Changes since alpha 1
- "Light" GUI theme now included (no more crashing if you switch to use it)
- Control surfaces now discovered correctly (not yet OSC, that will be in alpha 3)
- fixed crash when saving MIDI region automation
- MIDI note display now uses "scientific notation" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_pitch_notation
- a couple of build system improvements and fixes
- MIDI hardware ports have slightly prettier names (no more alsa_pcm: prefix)
More will be written about this feature once its closer to completion. For now, let's just note that it replaces the old 2D panner in Ardour 2.X with code based on VBAP (Vector Base Amplitude Panning). Here's a boring screenshot of the panner:
Lincoln Spiteri did some excellent work adding several new editing features which link into his non-layered mode. The general idea here is a workflow that doesn't rely on crossfades and generally avoids region overlaps. However, these editing operations are useful whether you use this track mode or not.
The latest release of JACK includes a new feature called "JACK Session" which allows the creation of "session manager" applications that can snapshot an entire JACK session, and then restart them en masse at a later time. If you're using Ardour in combination with some external software synth or FX application, JACK Session allows you to store the state of all the JACK applications at once, and then later, restart the exact same setup to continue working smoothly.