Ardour
Ardour
5.12.0

5.0

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Ardour

5.12.0
18 September 2017

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 5.12.0:
New Features:
  • Improvements to the template manager dialog.
  • Lua templates for tracks and sessions can now be created/scripted.
  • New session dialog functionality improved, with new templates and track wizards.
  • New track dialog functionality improved, with new templates and track wizards.
  • Expose Lua bindings for VCA create/delete/assign/unassign.
  • New patch selector dialog for MIDI tracks. This can be accessed by right clicking in the track header area.
  • Ardour's generic GUI for instrument plugins now includes a keyboard to allow auditioning the plugin settings.
  • Support for a new LV2 extension to notify the host about MIDI bank/program changes (e.g. driven by the plugin's own GUI).
  • Faderport 8: double-click on select button resets gain to 0dB.
  • Display playback-only devices when using JACK.
General Fixes and Improvements:
  • Fix MIDI quantization when not using US English.
  • Fix selection of quantization note-end grid size.
  • Catch exceptions thrown from Lua scripts.
  • Fix handling of MIDI channels in the Transform dialog.
  • Improve the heuristic used to display track/bus I/O connections in a compact form, as well a connection menus.
  • Clicks on I/O menus now always connect, rather than toggle connected status.
  • OSC: gracefully handle the user sending the wrong number of parameters.
  • OSC: changing jog mode no longer stops transport unless started by scrub/shuttle.
  • Secondary clock visibility is now a global preference rather than a per-session setting.
  • The editor's summary view is now constrained to the extent of actual regions, rather than the session extent, by default. This can be reset from a right-click on the summary.
  • New configuration setting for playhead auto-scroll speed. If you want to scroll quickly, it is preferred to zoom out first, then scroll.
  • New configuraton setting to define how much zooming will be easily allowed beyond the extents of actual regions in the session.
  • Generic plugin GUI: fix sizing and layout for automation state controls in plugins with many controls.
  • Increase priority of the thread involved in automation recording. This fixes an issue with sparse automation recording when the CPU is busy.
  • Update the included version of NSS (a secure networking library), to provide some features required by some plugins.
  • Fix the way MIDI filenames are "bumped" during snapshots and playlist copying.
  • Fix crash bug in Ableton Push 2 support, introduced in a recent version.
  • Fix various tooltips to avoid problems with special characters in their text.
  • Catch some exceptions during session loading.
  • Relax some restrictions imposed by the Lua sandbox (for scripts).

12 Ardour Reviews

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Nicola Pandini
23 February 2005

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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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Version 0.9
lemon-kun
26 July 2011
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
24 November 2010
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
04 February 2010
@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
04 February 2010
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
21 July 2009
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
1 answer(s)
Arvidtp
Arvidtp
22 July 2009
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.
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Version 2.8.2
Jic
09 July 2009
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
2 answer(s)
StevenJayCohen
StevenJayCohen
22 July 2009
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.
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Version 2.8.2
Jic
Jic
22 July 2009
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.
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Version 2.8.2
Bigdave56
22 November 2008
Will Audio Hijack or wireTap Studio work in place of Jack?
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Version 2.7.4225
1 answer(s)
The-Valrus
The-Valrus
06 December 2008
Read the replies to the comment immediately preceding yours.
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Version 2.7.4296
StevenJayCohen
23 March 2008
Is it possible to use SoundFlower instead of Jack?
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Version 2.3.1
2 answer(s)
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
23 March 2008
I doubt it, but the place to check would be the developer's site, of course.
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Version 2.3.1
Arvidtp
Arvidtp
24 March 2008
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.
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Version 2.3.1
Anonymous
27 September 2005
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
12 August 2005
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
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Arvidtp
Arvidtp
24 March 2008
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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Version 2.3.1
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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