Ardour 3.0 alpha 10 released

The final alpha of the Ardour 3 release plans is now available. The list of changes is long, but it is dominated by bug fixes (some rather significant) and cosmetics, with no new features except for the ability to rename sessions. The full list is available below, as always.

The next release will be beta1, and will be available for OS X as well as Linux

Ready-to-run binary packages can be found here:

Read more below for the full description of changes.

Ardour 3.0 alpha 9 released

Ardour 3.0 alpha9 is now out. There's a nice new feature for people using 1 MIDI device to record multiple tracks, and some very necessary fixes for track visibility, height control and general layout in the editor window, plus the usual selection of crashing and missing functionality bug fixes. I expect a few glitches with the new stuff, so please do leave feedback via the bug tracker or the ardour-users email list (not the forums) .

Ready-to-run binary packages can be found here:

For full details, please read more below ...

Ardour 3.0 alpha 8 released

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:

Ardour 3.0 alpha 7 released

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:

Ardour 3.0 alpha 6 released

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:

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 released

Ardour 3.0 alpha 5 is now available:

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 released

Ardour 3.0 alpha 4 is here with a mixture of bug and packaging fixes. Pick up the packages:

and read below for the fixes/changes...

Ardour 3.0 alpha 3 released

Another day, another alpha release. And yes, the URLs do not end in ".bz2" anymore. See below for why ...

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

Ardour 3.0 alpha 2 released

A new pair of binary packages of Ardour 3 alpha 2 are now available:

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" (
  • a couple of build system improvements and fixes
  • MIDI hardware ports have slightly prettier names (no more alsa_pcm: prefix)

VBAP 2D panning

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:

the VBAP-based 2D panner