Ardour is an open source digital audio workstation (popularly known as DAW) graphical application that provides users with a state-of-the-art and very powerful solution for producing electronic music. It is supported on Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. The program can be used to record, edit and mix multi-track and multi-channel audio, as well as to produce CDs, and even to mix video soundtracks. Panning, automation, mix groups, inline plugin control, monitor section, listen or solo model, and routing capabilities are also implemented in Ardour.
Features at a glance
Among some of its major highlights, we can mention multi-channel recording, non-destructive and non-linear region based editing with unlimited redo and undo, in-window editing, strip silence, overlapping regions, transparent regions, push-pull trimming, opaque regions, vertical stacking mode, and Rhythm Ferret support. It also comes with a mixer component whose capabilities are much better than the ones of high-end hardware consoles, and a wide range of plugins that will greatly extend the default functionality.
Supports numerous interface
Whether you own a cheap audio interface or a very expensive one, Ardour can use it, but only if its supported by your Linux distribution. In addition it supports network audio, as well as USB, Firewire and PCI interfaces.
Imports and exports numerous audio file formats
It can import or export to/from major audio formats, including FLAC, OGG Vorbis, WAV, AIFF, BWF and CAF, it supports the Freesound.org repository, export multi-channel files and multiple sample rates and formats simulateneously, as well as to create TOC and CUE files. There’s no limit on how many tracks, busses, sample rates, channels, plugins per track or inserts/sends per track you can use, but it will require a high-end computer when you operate over 30 tracks at once.
Considering the fact that it’s 100% free and runs on open source Linux-based operating systems, this is the best ever DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for music enthusiasts and even professional music producers.