Ardour v2.1 (Mac/Universal/Linux/Free)


Brand New Features not present in previous minor releases (2.0.1-2.0.5)

* "native" OS X support
o no need for X11 anymore.
o built using the GTK-OSX port of GTK to Quartz/Cocoa
o to compile this on OSX, please read the guide
* new import dialog
o better auditioning
o better presentation of options
o resampling quality control
* new JACK control dialog
o if you don't want to use qjackctl and don't require and external JACK patcher (i.e. "Let me just run Ardour, dammit!") this dialog will allow you to configure JACK. It only appears (as a tab in the new session dialog) if JACK is not running when Ardour is started.
* mouse scrubbing
o switch to mouse audition mode
o button1-press and drag
* separate MMC device ID's for send & receive
* range context menus modified for greater clarity and simplicity
* crossfades involving transparent regions now work appropriately
* click or drag in rulers works better
* update click data when sample rate changes
* provide limits to in-memory undo history depth
* provide limits to saved undo history depth
* optionally tie editor & mixer display order together
* provide GUI control for timecode-slave-is-synced
* make Ctrl-w close any dialog
* generate peakfiles for embedded files asynchronously
* metering now works more appropriately with no inputs
* big clock is always on top
* reduce memory usage during I/O from multichannel audio files
* change window visibility during startup
* use new translation domains, to avoid ardour 0.99 and ardour 2.X from colliding when installed in parallel
* new option (only-copy-imports) to avoid creating sessions that reference external audio files (i.e. all audio is either native, copied or hard-linked into the session)
* retain MIDI control information for plugin parameters
* auto-reconnect ALSA sequencer MIDI ports at startup

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.