Ardour
Ardour
6.3.0

5.0

Ardour free download for Mac
08 September 2020

Record, edit, mix multi-track audio (beta).

Overview

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, or Sequoia, you might have found it.

Above all, Ardour strives to meet the needs of professional users. This means implementing all the "hard stuff" that other DAWs (even some leading commercial apps) handle incorrectly or not at all. Ardour has a completely flexible "anything to anywhere" routing system, and will allow as many physical I/O ports as your system allows. Ardour supports a wide range of audio-for-video features such as video-synced playback and pullup/pulldown sample rates. You will also find powerful features such as "persistent undo", multi-language support, and destructive track punching modes that aren't available on other platforms.

What's new in Ardour

Version 6.3.0:

Ardour 6.3 is now available. This is mostly a maintenance release, but the new Loudness Analysis feature will be very useful to some users. The usual steady drip-drip of bug fixes continues

New Features:
  • Loudness Analyzer & Normalizer (see Preferences > Mixer > Master). Calculates the Loudness (LUFS) of the session (or a range selection), and add a gain-stage to the master-bus to normalize the loudness according to various standards. There's also an additional "Conformity Check" for many common distribution targets (YouTube, SoundCloud etc. etc.). Thanks to Ardour/Mixbus user BachStudies for the nerdsniping encouragement and design ideas for this feature
  • AVX-optimized metering code for Linux
  • Neon-optimized metering code for ARM platforms
  • Double-click on track header (in Editor view) expands and contracts track height
  • Inactive tracks (in Editor view) now only show the track name, to emphasize their inactive state
  • Compile-time option to use SoundTouch for vocal time stretching (this is not currently enabled for ardour.org builds)
Improvements:
  • Foldback busses now default to pre-fader position, as intended
  • Added full GUI for setting foldback bus position to pre/post fader
  • Allow name and path column in editor source list to be manually resizable
  • Nudge forward and backward key bindings now work in the editor
  • Engaging loop play while rolling with no audio tracks now works
  • Dramatically speed up MIDI file loading by removing the seconds/time API from libsmf. An example "black MIDI" file with 24,134 tempo changes now takes 5 seconds instead of 5 minutes to load
  • Slider controller (used in many places in the GUI) now accepts dB when it controls gain, rather than a simple numerical gain coefficient
  • Do not auto-save when importing video
  • Fix audible amplitude modulation in de-click fade
  • If Ardour is the JACK Transport time master, it now supplies the bar start tick data
  • Ardour's custom knob in the GUI now shows when it is insensitive to user-interaction
  • Do not include VST parameters marked as non-automatable in list of automatable parameters
  • Prompt user for name when doring Range or Region bounces
  • Add capture-for and channel count columns to the editor Source list
  • Allow editing the name field in the editor Source list to tbe edited
  • When consolidating a range of MIDI data, the new region should fill the range, not stop at the end of the existing MIDI content
  • Add a take-ID to bounced regions, so that multitrack bounces can be sorted/recognized in a list
Bug Fixes:
  • Auto-play when locating to session start is now honored (again)
  • No more (small) delay when starting to record while already rolling
  • Various fixes related to auto-connecting track outputs, particularly MIDI tracks
  • AudioUnits: do not call render callback for disconnected busses (fixes various 3rd party plugins)
  • Ensure audio engine is active when doing plugin scans, since some 3rd party plugins try to access it (indirectly)
  • Windows version now set HiDPI settings (may fix font aliasing issues on that platform)
  • Fixed crash when removing master bus output channels
  • MIDI capture alignment fixed
  • Fix crashes when editing automation points
  • Fix occasional deadlock at session close
  • Fix occasional issues with mute button visibility in Master bus mixer strip
Control Surfaces:
  • New MIDI binding map for AKAI MPK249
  • New MIDI binding map for Arturia Minilab Mk II
Browser-based (WebSockets + Javascript):
  • Many improvements in stability, usability and what is represented in the browser control surface
OSC:
  • Panner type can be set (within the limits derived from I/O configuration)
  • Panner type feedback added
  • Automation control for pan and trim gain added
  • Toggle-roll can be used to pause or return to start, as expected
  • Bug fixes
Lua Scripts:
  • Lua bounce script improved
  • Lua meter point script fixed
  • Lua access to Transport State machine provided
  • Improvements to "List Plugins" script, which is now automatically loaded at startup
Included Plugins:
  • Polyphony count for a-fluid (SF2 player) increased
  • Add crossfade and A/B plugins
Translation Updates:
  • German
  • Italian
  • French
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12 Reviews of Ardour

lemon-kun
26 July 2011
Version: 2.8.11/7387

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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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lemon-kun
26 July 2011
Version: 2.8.11/7387
If you depend on this app, BEWARE: DOESN'T WORK UNDER LION ! ...at least at the moment...
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Espiridion
24 November 2010
Version: 2.8.11/7387
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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Espiridion
04 February 2010
Version: 2.8.7
@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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Moogan
04 February 2010
Version: 2.8.7
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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Mrboma
21 July 2009
Version: 2.8.2
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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Jic
09 July 2009
Version: 2.8.1
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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Bigdave56
22 November 2008
Version: 2.7.4225
Will Audio Hijack or wireTap Studio work in place of Jack?
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StevenJayCohen
23 March 2008
Version: 2.3.1
Is it possible to use SoundFlower instead of Jack?
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3.25
Anonymous
27 September 2005
Version: 0.9b3
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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4.25
Anonymous
12 August 2005
Version: 0.9b28
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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Anonymous
08 March 2005
Version: 0.9b27
important: put ardour application in standard folder Applications. Do not use folder names containing spaces or special chars great app!
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3.75
Nicola Pandini
23 February 2005
Version: 0.9
iBook G4 933 with mac OS 10.3.8 I installed in order X11, Jack 0.6 and Ardour beta 0.9. Ardour works well, I tried to record some short tracks and apply pan and volume automations and only one time the application was killed. For a beta version is enough.
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