After years of developing the 3.0 branch, Paul Davis and many other contributors from around the world managed to successfully evolve the many early alphas into also many betas and finally a fully featured and very advanced piece of software that can help you with recording, mixing, editing and mastering your media.
Major New Features
- MIDI recording, playback and editing, including plugin instrument support for LV2, VST and AudioUnits is a huge improvement that allows users to easily create/edit MIDI files using their mouse or keyboard.
- Better multi-processor managements that allows user choose their desired power allocation.
- Matrix-style patching/routing
- Ardour can now export multichannel files, multiple formats (in a single export pass) and stems for moving sessions to other applications.
New & Improved Audio Signal Handling
- Ardour’s new solo model captures the benefits of high end mixing consoles, complete with AFL and PFL, but within the context of anywhere-to-anywhere routing.
- Per-channel visible phase invert buttons
- Internal aux sends and explicit aux busses
- Improved send control
- Stereo panning via width+position
- Track/Bus groups extended
- Option for Automation moves with Regions. The old behavior is still a choice.
- Rhythm Ferret now supports a better workflow for drum editing and other work dependent on identifying transient or note onsets.
- Vertical stacking of overlapping regions in tracks
- Non-destructive, non-overlapping recording mode
- New region editing features
- New ability to find and remove silence in tracks, using your own dB threshold.
New & Improved GUI details
- The session overview pane allows you to get a sense of the full scope of the session (project), zoom and navigate around with ease.
- Ardour 3.0 now unifies the display of pre and post fader plugins into a single box, allowing you to trivially drag-n-drop plugins and other signal processors to any possible position.
- The display region list now includes information on region position, length sync point, origin and fades as well as regions’ locked, glued, muted and opaque status.
- The Track/Bus list now shows much more track status: visibility, active, rec-enable, mute, solo, solo isolate and solo safe (and for MIDI track, MIDI input enable).
- The mouse cursor now changes dynamically when moving around in a region or track to indicate what operations are possible.
- Dynamically resizable big clock window
- New and improved preferences dialog(s)
- The clocks found in many different places in Ardour’s GUI have been reimplemented and now using a different editing model drawn from Pyramix.
- MIDI binding maps
- Linear Timecode support
- Dramatically improved Mackie Control support
- MIDI Timecode chasing has become even faster to lock than it used to be, and is now often accurate to within less than 10 samples of the master.
SSL Nucleus, Mackie Control Pro, Behringer BCF and Steinberg CMC devices can now get any of their buttons assigned to any GUI function in Ardour!
- Ardour’s timeline is now 64 bits long, allowing users to record for ridiculous amounts of time!
- Dynamically resizable disk buffers work using
very large buffers when recording for maximum safety, then scale down to improve responsiveness during editing and mixing.
- JACK Session support allows a JACK session manager to start and stop Ardour as part of a setup involving other JACK-aware applications.
- Better overall performance with less memory usage.
Being open source doesn’t always mean that you can get it for free, and if Linux users were more accustomed in buying open source software I wouldn’t say anything, but I wanted to prepare you for the donation screens so that you won’t prematurely exit Ardour’s website in anger.
You can still download Ardour installer for 32 or 64 bit systems and pay nothing, but you should think about it and consider that the creator and maintainer of this wonderful application lives and works on it thanks to the donations. If you like and use something, why not support it?