Ardour 3.5.380

A professional-grade multi-track and multi-channel audio recorder and DAW for Linux and Mac
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.

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.

Either you own a cheap or expensive audio interface, Ardour can use it if its supported by your Linux distribution. It supports network audio, as well as USB, Firewire and PCI interfaces.

It can import or export to/from major audio formats, including FLAC, OGG Vorbis, WAV, AIFF, BWF and CAF, it supports the 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.

Reviewed by Marius Nestor on May 14th, 2014

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last updated on:
May 14th, 2014, 8:13 GMT
developed by:
Paul Davis
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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What's New in version 3.5.357
  • Ardour 3.5.357 is a CRITICAL bug fix release. ALL USERS ARE RECOMMENDED TO UPGRADE. It includes an absolutely vital fix for a bug that could lead to audio files going missing from the session file (though not from disk). Stem export finally works reliably, and touch sensing with Mackie Control devices allows correct recording of automation from the faders of devices like the SSL Nucleus.
  • Another important change that some users will notice: when using the mouse to click to add automation control points, Ardour now just adds a new point where the user clicked, rather than attempting to preserve the line shape. Control/Command-click will use the old behaviour. This change followed some mailing list discussion in which it became clear that although the behaviour now accessed via Ctrl/Cmd-click is occasionally useful, it is mostly wrong.
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Ardour is an open source project that aims to help amateur and enthusiasts musicians to create multi-channel and multi...

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