Ardour - v2.05 (Mac/Universal/Free)


Changes since 2.0.4

* code builds on OS X and older Linux systems (side-effect: reduced memory utilization by automation data)
* font sizes parametized (to allow easier maintainance of themes) on OSX & Linux
* crash revealed by GTK+ 2.11 (unstable new version of GTK) fixed

Changes since 2.0.3

* protect ardour from sessions with errant capture sources stored in the (pending) session state. This was a major bug that has affected many people over the last several releases. It is now fixed.
* add Theme Manager, including new "light" theme
* add delta-cursor option from trunk (allows clock to display the gap between the edit+playback cursors)
* massively increase automation resolution
* support for 16 bit native file format
* stop audio clocks from vanishing when turned off
* plugin selection dialog now has filtering by name, type, author and more
* permit GUI user-driven add/remove of MIDI ports
* fix for radio grouping of subframes menu options
* fix crossfade editor-induced crashing
* safeguard against false disk underruns when punching in
* correctly save user-modified keybindings to ~/.ardour2/ardour.bindings
* fixes for building against GTK-OSX (Ardour now builds and runs on OS X without X11 - this is a source code feature, the DMG for OSX will still use X11 for now)
* lots and lots of work to the Mackie Control surface support (many small changes and incremental improvements)

Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, `persistent undo', multi-language support, destructive track punching modes, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. The program 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.

Started in 2000 by one of the founding programmers at, Ardour is developed by a worldwide group of programmers with testing and feedback from a widely distributed network of musicians and audio engineers. Running on Linux and OS X, it strives to meet the needs of professional users. Ardour has received commercial sponsorship from major console manufacturers, Google and others. Many of Ardour's developers have also participated in the development of JACK, the de facto standard for inter-application audio routing on OS X and Linux.

Ardour is released under the GNU Public License (GPL), providing its users the ability to freely modify, redistribute and learn. Read more.