Ardour
Ardour
6.5.0

5.0

Ardour free download for Mac
26 November 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 6.5.0:

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

New Features:
  • Support for plugins in VST3 format (for Linux, Windows and macOS)
  • Visit Preferences->Plugins and click "Scan Now" to find your installed VST3 plugins.
  • There is no need to set search paths for VST3's though you can specify additional folders to search if you do not install them in the VST3 standard location).
  • By default, if a plugin is available in both VST3 and VST2 then only the VST3 will show up in your plugin list.
  • VST3 support includes support for the Presonus VST3 extensions, as use by (for example) Softube Console1 plugins and control surfaces.
Improvements:
  • On Windows build, support launching both JACK1 and JACK2.
  • Prevent Session range markers from being hidden.
  • Reduce the amount of work done when multiple locate commands are all issued in a very short time.
  • Significantly speed up displaying of all MIDI automation lanes.
  • Ask before showing 2000 automation lanes (can occur with certain plugins present on a track).
  • Mark sessions as dirty if a meter type is changed.
  • Improve various details of signal path latency computations.
  • Use linear fades when crossfading loop end/start.
  • Slightly speed up stem and direct-out export.
  • WAV and AIFF files may now include session meta data tags (using id3v2 tags and WAV Info).
  • Fix crash during startup on macOS Big Sur (Intel 64bit).
Bug Fixes:
  • Correctly sort concurrent MIDI events.
  • Check for MIDI buffer overflow when merging into an empty buffer.
  • Complain when MidiBuffer::merge_from fails due to buffer full.
  • Fix a rare but important race condition bug in the code used to manage several critical real-time data structures.
  • Fix handling of musical times between 0 and -1 beats.
  • Fix handling of transport manager ports when switching session.
  • Fix external/sidechain send solo propagation.
  • Cursor position and text color when editing clocks fixed.
  • Fix restoring implicit solo on session load.
  • Fix the window a plugin GUI/editor floats over when using a detached mixer window.
  • Fix AudioUnit window size for some non-resizable plugins.
  • Fix various issues when using MIDI on ARM (Raspberry Pi).
Fix bounce & freeze operations:
  • Include main-out channel-count when bouncing the output
  • Do not de-activate disk-reader and mains-out when freezing a track
  • Ignore meter when counting channels
Control Surfaces:
  • Handling of MIDI encoders in "Generic MIDI" support is fixed.
  • Websocket/JS support now properly supports MIDI strips.
Lua Scripts:
  • Fix for a bug in the "Tom's Loop" script.
  • MIDI rewriting example script has been made more elaborate.
Included Plugins:
  • Plugins previously in the "a-*" family are now consistently referred to as "ACE" (Ardour Community Effects).
Theme Updates:
  • A few tweaks in the "dark colors" theme.
Translation Updates:
  • Basque
  • German
  • French
  • Russian
Ardour for Mac Old Versions

Join over 500,000 subscribers.

Subscribe for our newsletter with best Mac offers from MacUpdate.

How would you rate Ardour app?

12 Reviews of Ardour

lemon-kun
26 July 2011
Version: 2.8.11/7387

Most helpful

If you depend on this app, BEWARE: DOESN'T WORK UNDER LION ! ...at least at the moment...
(1)
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...
(1)
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.
(0)
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."
(0)
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
(0)
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.
(1)
Show comment (1)
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.
(0)
Show comments (2)
Bigdave56
22 November 2008
Version: 2.7.4225
Will Audio Hijack or wireTap Studio work in place of Jack?
(0)
Show comment (1)
StevenJayCohen
23 March 2008
Version: 2.3.1
Is it possible to use SoundFlower instead of Jack?
(1)
Show comments (2)
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.
(0)
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
(1)
Show comment (1)
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!
(0)
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.
(1)
Free

5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
License: 
FreeAbsolutely Free

Downloaded & Installed 36,838 times

Similar apps
Ableton Live
Ableton Live
Record music using digital instruments, loops, and more.
Is this app is similar to Ableton Live? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
4
Total score
0
Downvotes
Audacity
Audacity
Audio recording, editing and mixing tool.
Is this app is similar to Audacity? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
3
Total score
0
Downvotes
Apple Logic Studio
Apple Logic Studio
Suite of apps to create, perform, record music.
Is this app is similar to Apple Logic Studio? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
2
Total score
0
Downvotes
MuLab
MuLab
Virtual music studio.
Is this app is similar to MuLab? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
1
Total score
0
Downvotes
Fission
Fission
Streamlined audio editor.
Is this app is similar to Fission? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
1
Total score
0
Downvotes