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Record, edit, and mix on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

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    Great for the poor man. Still needs A LOT of improvements, specially on midi editing.

    Copy Yes, you can start a project from scratch and end up with a great sounding track using Ardour. Specially if you use mostly audio. For those like me who use both audio and midi editing, it may easily drive you to a real nightmare. The DAW doesn't behave as you would expect. The "share regions" will get you good as you edit one region and it "magically" ruins the original one. Oh, just use copy instead of share, like they say right? Nope. It still bugs you to the bone. So you have to go manually "unlinking" every single region. Some regions may be a single note, for example, and you can miss that. Oh, so I will consolidate all regions before unlinking! Nope, there is not such thing here. Another example: You want to keep only a certain midi note on your midi track, the C3 that is you Drum Kick. You cannot do it, unless if you go deleting every single other note, one by one! Terrible isn't it? No, you cannot copy a single note through the entire track. Sometimes I managed to select a note through the track and delete it. So I took note how I did it and... Next time it's a negative! With so many different selections of tools, smart, playhead, etc, it appears the DAW confuses itself and do not respond appropriately. So... my advice to you is not to fall for what I did, which is believing Ardour can do everything it says it does, cause it doesn't. Keep simple with audio recording and editing. Do your midi stuff elsewhere and run from the nightmare I got myself into. Nevertheless, it is great cost/benefit DAW. Worthy a try. Yes, you can start a project from scratch and end up with a great sounding track using Ardour. Specially if you use mostly audio. For those like me who use both audio and MIDI editing, it may easily drive you into a real nightmare. The DAW doesn't behave as you would expect. The "share regions" will get you good as you edit one region and it "magically" ruins the original one. Oh, just use copy instead of share, like they say right? Nope. It still bugs you to the bone. So you have to go manually "unlinking" every single region. Some regions may be a single note, for example, and you can miss that. Oh, so I will consolidate all regions before unlinking! Nope, there is not such thing here. Another example: You want to keep only a certain midi note on your midi track, the C3 that is you Drum Kick. You cannot do it, unless if you go deleting every single other note, one by one! Terrible isn't it? No, you cannot copy a single note through the entire track. Sometimes I managed to select a note through the track and delete it. So I took note how I did it and... Next time it's a negative! With so many different selections of tools, smart, playhead, etc, it appears the DAW confuses itself and do not respond appropriately. So... my advice to you is not to fall for what I did, which is believing Ardour can do everything it says it does, cause it doesn't. Keep simple with audio recording and editing. Do your midi stuff elsewhere and run from the nightmare I got myself into. Nevertheless, it is great cost/benefit DAW. Worthy a try.

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  • What is so great about lichess?
    Ardour and aseprite are good examples—you’re essentially paying for a precompiled binary instead of having to compile it yourself. - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • John Carmack's new AGI company, Keen Technologies, has raised a $20M round
    > easily said by someone who spends a lot of time on HN instead of building things. Heh. My "life's work": https://ardour.org ... My "previous life's work": http://amazon.com/ Being an inconsequential gimmick isn't about implementation, it's about semantics, relevance and utility. Only the last of these is really impacted at all by engineering, and even then, the engineering component doesn't matter if the thing... - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • What do conservatives think of the talking points of people on r/antiwork ?
    Are you musician? You have access to Bandcamp and CD Baby for album sales and access to the major streaming sites. You can promote on soundcloud, via your blog, on Twitter and any number of different ways that didn't exist all that long ago. You have access to amazing computerized tools like DAWs and all sorts of recording, and composing and notation software that provide capabilities that were not nearly as... - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Can someone convince me to convert over to GNU/Linux completely?
    For 1.) https://ardour.org/ which is included in: https://ubuntustudio.org/. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Does anyone know of a ringtone maker that does *not* use songs?
    Why not get a full on DAW? Ardour is a FOSS DAW, if you want a free alternative. But, do understand, music sequencing (from near absolute scratch) is hard – there is just so many stages to learn: composition, daw mastery, creation/choosing synth sounds, and mixing for a phone speaker. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Show HN: Lldap, a Simplified LDAP Server
    I say "lightweight" in terms of text and comprehension. I say "fraught" because it imposes conditions on running this on the network. Perhaps fraught is too editorial. Regardless - in some environments, that "stickiness" of the GPL is a non-starter. One may say that "weeding out" those envs is part of the point. In my opinion though, for things like libraries or "lower level" software there seems to be a school of... - Source: Hacker News / 3 months ago
  • Any good music programs like garage band or fruity loops?
    Free and opensource DAWs: Ardour is the "standard" traditional DAW, but I recommend checking out Zrythm or Qtractor as you might prefer their workflows. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Reasons to use Bitwig instead of Ardour?
    a free open source daw: https://ardour.org/. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • New to Linux Audio, please introduce me to some things
    Ardour is an amazing (and totally free) DAW https://ardour.org/. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Simple software things that are actually very complicated
    I found it amusing to read this, given that in the context of Ardour (0) we still have the long term stretch goal of replacing GTK with an expansion of our home-grown canvas-based widget system. There are 5 widgets missing, one of them is the text entry. The description in TFA regarding doing this in the context of an HTML canvas element is more less identical to the issues that exist for a native... - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago

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