DAW: Ardour 2.3 / Linux / Mac / Universal / Free

Version 2.3 of the FREE digital audio workstation Ardour has been released. Changes in this version are:

Significant New Features

  • audio analysis framework
  • rhythm ferret
  • tab-to-transient
  • new glue-region-to-musical-time option
  • set-tempo-from-region and set-tempo-from-edit-range
  • new boost-region-gain and cut-region-gain operations
  • LV2 support
  • waveforms are outlined
  • a real splash screen
  • keybinding changes
  • ctrl-click on nudge buttons moves playhead
  • add a Restore Defaults button to the theme manager
  • beautification of multi-duplicate dialog, tempo dialog, meter dialog
  • keep verbose canvas cursor within the editor canvas visible area
  • provide instructional hint for the shortcut editor
  • fix keybindings on OS X to allow use of arrow keys with modifiers
  • OS X native version now finds control surface support modules
  • moving fade in/out points makes the fade in/out active
  • font size changes throughout
  • show loop & punch locations properly in Locations dialog
  • use a separate drag rect for cd marker bar, show cd marker details on load in location ui
  • rationalize all region selection for editor operations
  • sessions now have their "nominal sample rate" stored; if you load a session while JACK is running at the wrong rate, there will be a warning dialog
  • changing track heights now applies to all selected tracks
Bug Fixes
  • fix misdisplay of track control headers
  • don't crash if history refers to a location that no longer exists
  • prevent errors when reactivating deactivated tracks
  • prevent excessively long track names from conflicting with JACK port name restrictions
  • fix missing static mutex initialization that causes 100% CPU use on Leopard
  • fix use of template selection from new session dialog
  • fix up JACK discovery on systems (OS X) with an inadequate PATH setting
  • fix invisible cursor in selected track name entry box
  • Fix reversed bounds check in Region::adjust_to_sync (), regions with a sync point snap to the sync point again.
  • Workaround for gui hang when adding gain points (#2048)
  • recognize ambisonic files (.amb) as candidates for import
  • fix loading of VST plugins in older (2.1 and earlier) sessions
  • fix align_selection_relative() to use regions once only, and in the correct order
  • "Set Range Selection" in per-region context (sub)menu now uses all selected regions, not just the first one
  • fix OS X native crashes with gain points, canvas updating and more.
  • fix crash when closing a session that had a selected marker
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"Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, or Sequoia, you might have found it." Via