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Ardour is a digital audio workstation that runs natively on OS X. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. Produce your own CD's. Mix video soundtracks. Experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Generate sound installations for 12 speaker gallery shows...

Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, more...

What's New

Version 3.5.308:

Additions and Changes:

  • add visualization of signal flow within tracks and busses
  • Various improvements to panning
    • add stereo-balance panner
    • right click on panner to select a different (compatible) paner
    • major overhaul to VBAP panner so that it works
    • panner GUI tweaks
    • Sends now have their own panner
    • more...

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lemon-kun Member IconComment+256
lemon-kun
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If you depend on this app, BEWARE: DOESN'T WORK UNDER LION ! ...at least at the moment...

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Version 2.8.11/7387
Espiridion Member IconComment+1147
Espiridion
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Changes in this release:
"Do not prevent transport operations after an export (and potentially at other times)"
2.8.11 came out in July 2010. On more recent news, an alpha release of version 3 will be available soon.

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Version 2.8.11/7387
Espiridion Member IconComment+1147
Espiridion
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@JIC,
I can understand your frustration. I don't know if they had this in place before:
"Consider becoming a subscriber
If you became a subscriber then this download and all updates for the duration of your subscription would be available to you for free."

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Version 2.8.7
Moogan Member IconComment+70
Moogan
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2.8.7 from dev site:

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

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Version 2.8.7
Mrboma Member IconComment+16
Mrboma
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Be aware that this requires Jack. When I installed Jack, it jacked up several of my audio systems. I would rather use a "lesser" app like Audacity or Amadeus that doesn't require Jack or soundflower or any other sound system hack.

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Version 2.8.2
Arvidtp
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jack is not a hack... and its very stable in my experience - never has caused me problems at all. Yes, occasionally once in a blue moon jack will have a hiccup, but it doesn't break anything else when it does.

JIC Member IconComment+11
JIC
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I paid the fee to download the full product (not the free "light" one), but the download failed. I don't see any place in their WEB site telling how to re-download the product again. Under their support menu, only some technical discussions are published, but nothing related to those mundane issues.

It seems to me that I have lost my money.

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Version 2.8.1
StevenJayCohen
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From the developer's site: "I choose to pay US$_____ to download this software."

You didn't buy anything. That was a donation. There is no Lite version. The full Ardour is a GPL product.

JIC
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Well, Steven, this is a semantic issue. If you don't pay any donation, you will get only, as they say, "The free version of Ardour 2.8.2 for OS X Intel (which it) does not support saving AudioUnit plugin settings, or using presets for AudioUnit plugins." This version was the one I called the "light" one.

If you want to download the full version, you need to pay a "donation" (suggested US $65), otherwise you will not be able to arrive to the full version download WEB page. But if you pay that "donation", and your download process fail, as it is not uncommon in a 100 MB download, to re-intent the download process you need to pay another "donation" again for every new download attempt until you succeed with the download.

I don't know if the GPL License allows these tricks, but it seems to me that the Ardour developers should have allowed a period of time (24 hours?) to re-intent and successfully end the download process.

bigdave56 Member IconComment+86
bigdave56
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Will Audio Hijack or wireTap Studio work in place of Jack?

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Version 2.7.4225
the valrus
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Read the replies to the comment immediately preceding yours.

StevenJayCohen Member IconComment+51
StevenJayCohen
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Is it possible to use SoundFlower instead of Jack?

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Version 2.3.1
MacUpdate-Lon
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I doubt it, but the place to check would be the developer's site, of course.

Arvidtp
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no. Ardour actually uses jack as its audio engine - not just as another core audio interface. Ardour wil not work without jack. On linux Jack is more than just a way to send audio around - it also is an audio engine and a way to send timecode around to sync applications simialr to rewire. Its just that there are not many mac apps that support jack natively. PD is one I can think of that can.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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This has come a long way - a whole host of fixes. Remember it's sttill Beta. And you need to download and install 'Jack' for OS X first. Then install Ardour. Make sure 'Jack' is running then launch Ardour. Look forward to more enhancements and fixes - we need stuff like this on a Mac.

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Version 0.9b3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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got it working. the cross-fade has some real interesting aspects. also, the time stretch is cool. still waiting to see if it can handle real multi-track editing (i.e. 16 to 32 channel in one 3 minute piece with lots of editing per track.... garage band sucks for this, tho, they wouldn't let you know... i am talking on 867 that is...)

one question: anyone know how to get it to read LADSPA plug-ins (btw, it won't work with VST plug-ins... you know what happened with Audacity and Steinberg!)? I downloaded LADSPA plug-in package vis-a-vis Fink and though Fink deposited them nicely in /SW/Lib/Ladspa Ardour is not looking there...???!!! ...

Anyone have any ideas on how to get Ardour to see them?

Thanks, Andrew

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Version 0.9b28
Arvidtp
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dont know, but the ardour supplies some packages of plugins that they compiled themselves - these installers should put the plugins in a place where Ardour will look for them. Also I think Audiounit support is in the cards for future development.

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Downloads 33,809
Version Downloads 395
License Demo
Date 02 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $1.00