The digital audio workstation
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Ardour is a multichannel hard disk recorder (HDR) and digital audio workstation (DAW). It can be used to control, record, edit and run complex audio setups.

Ardour supports pro-audio interfaces through the ALSA project, which provides high quality, well designed device drivers and API's for audio I/O under Linux. Any interface supported by ALSA can be used with Ardour. This includes the all-digital 26 channel RME Hammerfall, the Midiman Delta 1010 and many others.

Ardour has support for 24 bit samples using floating point internally, non-linear editing with unlimited undo, a user-configurable mixer, MTC master/slave capabilities, MIDI hardware control surface compatibility.

It supports MIDI Machine Control, and so can be controlled from any MMC controller and many modern digital mixers.

Ardour contains a powerful multitrack audio editor/arranger that is completely non-destructive and capable of all standard non-linear editing operations (insert, replace, delete, move, trim, select, cut/copy/paste). The editor has unlimited undo/redo capabilities and can save independent "versions" of a track or an entire piece

Ardour's editor supports the community-developed LADSPA plugin standard. Arbitrary chains of plugins can be attached to any portion of a track. Every mixer strip can have any number of inputs and outputs, not just mono, stereo or 5.1. An N-way panner is included, with support for various panning models. Pre- and post-fader sends exist, each with their own gain and pan controls. Every mixer strip acts as its own bus, and thus the bus count in Ardour is unlimited. You can submix any number of strips into another strip.

Ardour's channel capacity is limited only by the number on your audio interface and the ability of your disk subsystem to stream the data back and forth.

JACK (the JACK Audio Connection Kit) is used for all audio I/O, permitting data to be exchanged in perfect samplesync with other applications and/or hardware audio interfaces.

Ardour is sample rate and size neutral - any hardware formats from 8 to 32 bits, and rates from 8kHz to 192kHz. Internal processing in 32/64 bit IEEE floating point format.

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Myles 6 days ago

Ardour is a great DAW to use for musicians or anyone working in sound design, audio engineering, podcasting, film, music, all-around basic audio editing sessions, etc. Even as a Pro Tools / Logic Pro user for years, Ardour is a great alternative and it was pretty easy to learn to use. If need be, use their website manual and forum page to find the features you are looking for. Most of your basic editing features are easy to find. It's now my main DAW and it has many great, professional features to enjoy. Although it was made natively on to run Linux, you will enjoy that the developers also make it available for download on macOS and Windows through their website too. I especially enjoy that this software is licensed in GPLv2 which allows me to install Ardour on all of my computers with ease. I highly recommend Ardour!

ibanez0r 4 months ago

Simply the most comprehensive and brilliant piece of sofftware i have come across in the sound editing and production genre, thank-you.

AlexFerreira 1 year ago

Ardour it is an amazing tool for musicians (at student and professional levels). It will allow you to produce professional albums from pre to post production. Para isso, You' ll need a whole set of audio optimizations in order to run it at full throttle. If you haven't optmized your computer for professional audio aplications, please read and follow the instructions at this link. It will assist you to do the necessary jobs: "". Second install "indicator-cpufreq" utilities. Install Jack (for alsa drivers comunicate with your audio interfaces etc) and Jack2-Firewire for FireWire devices. Include yourself as an user in the "audio group" (as administrator). Without these instructions, it will be difficult to run Ardour. Another choice instead of doing all of these, just install a ready to use linux multimedia distro such as XIVA Studio, Ubuntu Studio, AV LINUX etc. I hope it helps. O Ardour é uma ferramenta incrível para músicos (nos níveis estudantil e profissional). Isso permitirá que você produza álbuns profissionais desde pré à pós-produção. Para isso, você precisará de todo um conjunto de otimizações de áudio para executá-lo em velocidade máxima. Se você não tiver otimizado seu computador para aplicações profissionais de áudio, leia e siga as instruções neste link. Ele o ajudará a fazer os ajustes necessários: "". Segundo instalação de utilitários "indicator-cpufreq". Após isso, instale o Jack (para drivers alsa se comunicar com suas interfaces de áudio etc.). Por último, Instale e o Jack2-Firewire para dispositivos FireWire (caso você, as tenha). Adicione-se como usuário no "grupo de áudio" (como administrador). Sem essas instruções, será difícil executar o Ardour. Outra opção, em vez de fazer tudo isso, basta instalar uma distribuição multimídia linux pronta para usar, como XIVA Studio, Ubuntu Studio, AV LINUX etc. Espero que ajude Abraço!

neowalla 2 years ago

Doesn't work, won't uninstall. So awesome.

jepe 3 years ago

Before Linux I had to use Windows, and I was always wishing to have a multi-track sound recording/editing software (audacity is a little bit complicated for my taste, though I use it and love it), and ARDOUR was just the coming true of my wishes.

It is simply unbelievable that you can have such a sophisticated, yet easy to use (thanks to its “intuitive” GUI) application as FREE software!!
I love ARDOUR, it is a great gift!! HUGE thanks to the developers!

Calisto 5 years ago

After program closing, JACK blocks PulseAudio ._. -- but the software itself is great

vaiium 5 years ago

officialy the worst piece of recording software in the history of recording software. i should be able to just select a different input. but i cant. nowhere. absolutely terrible

sinihisi 6 years ago

no this...ardour3 is new.....

k_alan 7 years ago

Professionial-grade mix/mastering suite

koulaxizis 7 years ago

A truly professional tool for sound works on Linux.

fugtruck 7 years ago

Lost all audio on the comp when I installed this app. Won't let me uninstall either.

mydoghasworms 7 years ago

I am starting home recording and learning the basics of mixing and mastering. This is definitely the best tool available, in conjunction with all the other free tools out there!

sorteal 7 years ago

Almost like having Pro-Tools.

Ed_Hunter 8 years ago

Bad app.

pierre_24 8 years ago

Il a beau être complexe, ce logiciel est génialissime (dispite it complexity, this software is awesome !)

saegeek 8 years ago

d'une complexité incroyable, pas de son sur Kernel 3.5 (carte ALC660)

jhorn 8 years ago

Ardour, by far must be the best DAW for Linux. It's like using Pro Tools or Cubase if you had Windows... Only it's free!

crazyrobinhood 8 years ago

Impressive, professionals oriented app.

Apache_Ex 8 years ago


PirataBonifacio 8 years ago

Este programa es escencial para los que trabajamos con audio en Linux, muy recomendado. / This program is scential for those of us who work with audio in Linux, most recommended.