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Ardour 2.8.3 released

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Digital audio workstation for Mac and Linux Ardour has been updated to version 2.8.3.

Ardour 2.8.3 no longer includes (a modified version of) libsndfile, but relies on the system installed version. You need at least version 1.0.18, and you should ensure that it was built with FLAC and Ogg/Vorbis support if you want Ardour to be able to use these formats. The simplest test of this is to run sndfile-info(1) on a FLAC and Ogg/Vorbis sample file and ensure that it can read the contents.

Changes in Ardour 2.8.3

  • Features
    • Ardour can now open un-writable sessions without complaining. This includes sessions on read-only media and those for which write access is not granted to the user.
    • Support FLAC & Ogg/Vorbis import and export (via system libsndfile)
    • Provide jdelay-based hardware/port insert latency measurement (note: this is not automatic, but is initiated by the user in the insert GUI)
    • Enable very basic automation for On/Off plugin parameters. Write and Read modes only (no Touch, graphical editing is not allowed). It is a little crude but better than none at all and can only get better!
    • OSC API now supports add locate command (/ardour/locate i= i=)
  • Fixes
    • The OS X builds include a fix for a crashing bug in the Pango font handling library. This would often occur during zoom operations.
    • Plugin/send/insert displays in mixer strips should now always list the correct items
    • Change keybindings to more closely match 3.0
    • Make keybindings pay attention only to “relevant” modifiers (i.e. ignore numlock)
    • When loading a template, make sure the user template directory exists
    • Add track-record-enable-toggle action to menu, to make it actually bindable
    • Fixup creation of tracks/busses with > 2 channels from track templates
    • Simplify waveform choices menu
    • Compiles cleanly with gcc4.4 patches
    • Limit group button width
    • “in” and “out” as part of a port name should not be translatable by default, since it will break session portability. French & Polish users who need to get old sessions that have these names translated and need to keep them working should set the environment variable ARDOUR_RETAIN_PORT_NAME_SUFFIX_TRANSLATION to force old behaviour.
    • Transpose appears in the popup region context menu as well as the Regions menu
    • Auto-* buttons now have a fixed size
    • Keep the transient auto-analyse dialog from showing up more than once per launch of Ardour
    • Fix some actions that need to be sensitive depending on the existence of selected tracks
    • Save and recall rectified waveform view setting(s)
    • Make tearoff windows still forward key events (and thus bindings still work)
    • Make big clock window into a utility window, not a menu
    • Bad syntax in LV2 RDF files no longer causes crash on startup.
    • Apply button made clickable when modifying the meter marker at the start of the session.
    • Fix import channel->track Mapping option so it follows the region/track menu selection
    • Add shortcuts to both SYSTEM and USER templates folder.
    • Correctly display wastebasket content size
    • Reinstate export-region which was lost
    • Make zoom-to-region more straightforward.
    • Fix logic in undo, redo and swapping of visual state changes
    • Add “all” items to track right click context menu instead of relying on the -all- edit/mix group
    • New Session/Startup dialog changes
      • If no interface has been identified previously, put the audio setup tab as the first tab
      • if JACK is not running and no interface has ever been chosen, show JUST the audio setup tab. once JACK is successfully
      • properly handle situation where use opts not to load a session because of SR mismatch
    • Better (less crash-prone) behaviour when JACK fails to start from “within” ardour.
    • Freesound mootcher patch (it might work now!)
    • LV2 external UIs supported
    • LV2 epp logarithmic parameters handled
    • LADSPA log parameters default values set appropriately
    • Handle localized decimal indicator in BarController widget
    • I/o buttons now show connection state a bit more sensibly
    • Edit group visibility maintained in session file
    • Better behaviour of the splash window with the Ion WM (activated by setting the environment variable ARDOUR_USE_OVERRIDE_REDIRECT_SPLASH)
    • “About” window set as transient for editor
    • Prevent sends/inserts from ever being renamed to the same name as a track/bus
    • Make handling of session and history files more robust across ardour versions
    • Don’t allow crossfade point dragging to create illegal values
    • Allow DIST_LIBDIR to override LIBDIR during the build
  • Translations
    • Updated russian translation from Alexandre Prokoudine
    • Updated french translation from Raphaël Doursenaud
    • Tweaks to german translation

Ardour is available for download for OS X and Linux.

More information: Ardour


Harrison Consoles releases Mixbus

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Harrison Consoles Mixbus

Harrison Consoles has announced the release of Mixbus, a virtual “analog console” integrated into a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Mixbus “True Analog Mixing”™ provides critical mixing functions in a knob-per-function interface. “True Analog Mixing”™ is based on Harrison’s renowned 32-Series and MR-Series console designs, plus Harrison’s proprietary digital mixing technology. Mixbus™ enables you to record, edit, and mix a musical performance in-the-box while getting a sound that harkens back to the golden age of album recordings.

Traditional DAW mixers were designed by companies with no pedigree in music mixing, and they suffer from well-known flaws. Harrison eliminated these flaws in Mixbus by completely replacing the DAW’s internal mixing engine and applying proprietary True Analog processing. Harrison consoles are known for their great-sounding EQ, filters, dynamics, and bus summing on every track. Now Mixbus offers every engineer a real Harrison music console “in the box”. With Mixbus’s logical knob-per-function interface, the user works with the fluidity of a traditional analog recording studio while retaining the convenience of a DAW. Mixbus enables the user to record, edit, and mix a musical performance “in the box” but get a sound that harkens back to the golden age of album recordings.

Mixbus features

  • Straightforward “knob per function” mixer layout based on Harrison’s renowned 32-series and MR-series music consoles.
  • Precision DSP algorithms for EQ, Filter, Compression, Analog Tape Saturation, and Summing based on Harrison’s world-renowned large format analog and digital mixing consoles.
  • Unlimited stereo or mono input channels (based on available CPU power) featuring High-pass Filter, EQ, Compression, and 4 Mix Bus sends on every channel.
  • 4 Stereo Mix Buses (can be used for groups or auxes) featuring Tone controls, Compression, Sidechaining, and Analog Tape Saturation.
  • Stereo Master Bus that features Tone controls, Analog Tape Saturation, K-meter, and Limiting to help you make polished mixes.
  • Plugin delay compensation to support effects such as parallel compression.
  • Comprehensive “at-a-glance” metering with peak, peak hold, and compressor gain reduction visible on every track and bus.
  • Extensive DAW features via the Ardour Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Supports AudioUnit plugins and any CoreAudio interface.

Mixbus is available for Mac OSX for the introductory price of $79.99 USD.

More information: Harrison Consoles / Mixbus


Ardour version 2.8 released

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Open source digital audio workstation Ardour has been updated to version 2.8, a mostly-bugfix version that also comes with a couple of significant features.

I am pleased to announce the release of Ardour 2.8. As has been previously announced, the 2.X series is now in a state of “feature freeze” so that we can try to concentrate on Ardour 3.0, but as a gesture of thanks to the community for the support during February, I wanted to release this mostly-bugfix version that also comes with a couple of significant features. These include much more reliable VST support on Linux, track/bus templates and, with some important qualifications, AudioUnit state and preset handling.

Changes in Ardour v2.8

  • Track/Bus Templates.
  • Distributable VST support.
  • VST preset handling.
  • VST chunk handling.
  • AudioUnit state & preset handling.
  • new playhead-to-{next,previous}-region-boundary variant commands that ignores track selection (on Linux, Windows-LeftArrow or Windows-RightArrow; on OS X, Ctrl-LeftArrow or Ctrl-RightArrow).
  • New, thoroughly edited Spanish translation.
  • New “accurate” crossfade icons.
  • Many fixes, details here.

Ardour is available as an executable for Mac and Linux (source code is available as well).

Visit Ardour for more information.


Ardour 2.7 SAE Edition now available for OS X/Intel

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Ardour / SAE

Ardour, the open source digital audio workstation, is now available in a native version for Intel Mac, Ardour 2.7 SAE Edition.

In April 2007, SAE Institute agreed to become a corporate sponsor for the Ardour project. Focus of the collaboration between Paul Davis, creator and developer of Ardour, and Armand Klenk, Head Instructor Audio at SAE Munich, was the development of an OS X version of the Linux-based software. A special student version, created in a parallel effort, will now make the open-source digital audio workstation even more accessible to beginners. With contributions from other Ardour developers, particularly Nick Mainsbridge and assistance from the GTK/OSX team, we are pleased to announce the first public release of the Ardour/SAE version.

The SAE version has a slimmed down user interface, alternate keybindings and a different menu layout than “Ardour Classic”. It also has a few limitations designed to make things simpler for people just starting to use a DAW. However, both versions are completely compatible with each other, and sessions created with one version (on any platform) can be used with the other.

Visit the Ardour website for more information.


Ardour updated to v2.6.1

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Ardour v2.6.1 + CALF LV2 plugins

Digital audio workstation software Ardour has been updated to version 2.6.1.

A bit sooner than expected, we have a fix for one very notable and ugly bug that was still affecting 2.6 (plugin automation tracks would be drawn in the wrong place on the screen). As a result, Ardour 2.6.1 is now available. For those waiting on OS X releases, we have a 2.6 native release already, and PPC will follow early next week; both will be updated to 2.6.1. Its not clear if or when there will be an X11-based release.

New in Ardour v2.6

  • Make libsndfile work with newer versions of FLAC (enables building a version that can open FLAC files).
  • Tracks in active edit groups now perform playlist operations (create, copy, select) in unison for playlists created for the group.
  • Embedded LV2 GTK GUI support.
  • Allow translated version use on OSX.
  • Add session file type icon for OSX.
  • Shift-click now works to extend marker selections (click one, then shift-click another to select all markers between them).
  • Marker drag moves all selected markers.
  • Add initial-program-change support (Ardour can send a MIDI Program Change command on startup to set up external equipment; it can do this at any later time too).
  • Add move-selected-tracks-{up,down} commands.
  • Add global option to enable/disable region fades.
  • Enable activate/deactivate fades in all selected regions.
  • Global option to hide/show region fades.
  • Many bug fixes and improvements.

Ardour is available for Mac, Linux and other operating systems free of cost (donations are welcome).

Visit the Ardour website for more information and a link to download the latest version of Ardour for your platform.