Ardour

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Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application that runs on Linux, macOS, FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows. Its primary author is Paul Davis, who is also responsible for the JACK Audio Connection Kit. Ardour is intended to be digital audio workstation software suitable for professional use.

Ardour major version 5.0 comes with improvements including support for a new tabbed interface, Lua scripting, VCAs, plugin pin management, and many other new features.

Recording

Ardour’s recording abilities are limited by only the hardware it is run on; there are no built-in limits in the software. When recording on top of existing material, Ardour can do latencycompensation, positioning the recorded material where it was intended to be when recording it. Monitoring options include self-monitoring, use of external hardware (a feature dependent on sound card support) or specialised product; e.g. JACK Audio Connection Kit. Self-monitoring makes it possible to apply plug-in effects to the signal while recording in real-time. Using the audio server JACK, Ardour can record both from the audio card and compatible software concurrently.[

Mixing

Ardour supports an arbitrary number of tracks and buses through an “anything to anywhere” routing system. All gain, panning and plug-in parameters can be automated. All sample data is mixed and maintained internally in 32-bit floating point format.

Editing

Ardour supports dragging, trimming, splitting and time-stretching recorded regions with sample-level resolution and has a possibility to layer regions. It includes a crossfade editor and beat detection. Ardour has unlimited undo/redo and a snapshot feature for storing the current state of a session to a file for future reference.

Mastering

Ardour can be used as an audio mastering environment. Its integration with the JACK Audio Connection Kit makes it possible to use mastering tools such as JAMin to process the audio data. The output of Ardour’s mixer can be sent to JAMin and/or other audio-processing software to be processed and/or recorded. It can also export TOC and CUE files, which allows for the creation of audio CDs.

We at AppsForMyPC have tested and used Ardour and it worked pretty smoothly 🙂 🙂

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