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About Ardour

What is Ardour?

Ardour is a digital audio workstation that allows an individual to record, mix and edit audios. Besides the main purpose of recording and mixing, this audio editing software also allows Audio and MIDI editing and multi-track recording. You can go to any bit depth and sample rate of your audio for analysis. Ardour supports multiple audio formats. The latest version is Ardour 5.12. It comes with plugins that allow you to perform full sample automation of your audio as well as powerful signal routing. One can transport sync and use OSC to perform any operation in Ardour.

How is Ardour helpful for music professionals?

This Audio Mixing software is particularly helpful for audio engineers, musicians, soundtrack editors, and music composers. Audio engineers who need total control over their tools or need to spend a considerable period of time working on a particular music session can use this software. It allows them to master audio, edit and record as they wish. Ardour encourages the creative process of a musician playing a well-built instrument instead of focusing on pop music idioms, thereby, enabling talented performers to record their pieces easily. 

Composers can arrange MIDI and audio by using the same workflow and tools, and for sound sources, they can opt for external hardware synthesizers. Users can create and edit soundtracks for film projects through the shared transport control, using video playback and sample-accurate sync tools of the software.

Unique things you can do with Ardour?

Besides the usual recording, editing and mixing functions, the software also lets you do the following things:

  1. Plugins with Full Sample Automation: The software supports many audio formats such as LV2, AudioUnit, LADSPA and LinuxVST formats and FX plugins. You can automate any parameters of the software or physically manipulate them through control surfaces.
  2. Audio and MIDI Multi-track Editing and Recording: You can record any number of tracks and perform non-linear recording. The software lets you go to any sample rate or bit depth of your audio for analysis. Ardour supports multiple file formats as well.
  3. Powerful Signal Routing: Complex signal flows look simple and elegant where inputs and outputs connect to your hardware. The software not just provides that but also allows you to use inserts, sends and returns freely.
  4. External Control Surfaces and Transport Sync: The software provides one of the best syncs with LTC and MIDI timecode. Users are able to both receive and send MIDI Machine Control. You can also use JACK transport as per your convenience. The software comes with a dedicated Mackie Control protocol and pre-defined mapping for MIDI Controllers and MIDI Learn.
  5. Video Timeline: Users are able to import a single video and even slice out the soundtrack from it and display a thumbnail timeline of your video. You can lock or move audio regions to the video with granularity. Thereafter, you can perform any operation such as cut end/start, add blank frames or mix it with the current session soundtrack as per your requirement.

Pricing of Ardour

The pricing of Ardour varies as per the unique and special requirements of its users. You can request a callback and our customer care team will support you throughout. We will provide you with the activation and license key to activate the software. In case you want a renewal of your current plan, you can reach out to us.

What does the Latest Version of Ardour have in store for you?

The basic functions of the latest version of Ardour, that’s 5.12, remain the same. However, along with that, some of the new features include:

  1. Improvements in the function of new sessions.
  2. New track and bus dialogues that allow easy and powerful ways of using templates.
  3. Ability to make dynamic templates with Lua scripts.
  4. Patch selection dialogue that helps in MIDI instruments, provides an easy way for previewing patches.
  5. Expose Lua bindings for VCA creation, deletion and assignment.
  6. The generic GUI for instrument plugins in Ardour comes integrated with a keyboard for auditioning plugin settings.
  7. Display playback-only devices whilst using JACK.
  8. Faderport 8 that resets gain to 0 dB upon double-clicking the select button.

How to Rate Ardour’s Compatibility?

Ardour runs on Windows, Mac as well as Linux OS.

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Ardour Features

Users just need to grab an audio interface and add a track. By pressing record, they can start recording. You can also import MIDI or audio from the hard drive or the Freesound Database of the software.
The software doesn’t let you remain bounded within a specific range. There are no limits on the buses, plugins, inserts or sends. Ardour’s flexible plugin panner architecture enables an individual to sensibly pan multichannel tracks into buses without compromising on the recording.
One can perform non-destructive and non-linear editing with multiple redo/undo operations. All the editing takes place in-window, thus an individual does not need to switch to piano roll for specialized operations. Ardour also comes equipped with a vertical stacking mode to display the overlapping regions.
This feature of the software allows one to import videos and also extract the soundtrack if required and display a thumbnail timeline of the video. You can also lock MIDI as well as audio regions to your video and even move these regions along with the video at granular levels of video-frame.
The software supports any number of tracks and buses through its inbuilt powerful routing system. All the gain, plug-in and panning parameters are automated and one can also mix groups as per their needs.
Users can export their musical projects in real-time to any file formats like WAV, AIFF, FLAC, BWF, Ogg, etc.

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Ardour FAQs

Yes, absolutely! You can schedule your preferred time and request us for getting a live demo or tutorial of the software.
No, unfortunately, the software is not supported on Android or iOS platforms. As of now, it is only compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
The “Track Wizard” template of the software allows you to interactively set up sessions and/or groups of new tracks smoothly.
You can perform any operations with Ardour’s edit feature. You can cut, move, stretch, delete, align, trim, crossfade, snapshot, zoom, quantize, and drag and drop audios in the same window, along with performing multiple redo and undo actions.
With the floating-point fidelity of the software, you can perform any task(s) with your audio such as mute, fader, solo, EQ, dynamics, insert, sync, isolate, etc.

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