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Ardour Reviews

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

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Ardour and what they use it for.
  • [DNB/Techno] ParVagues - Nass Arrive
    Hello everyone! This is a track I've been working on with a friend who's crazy about DNB, livecoded with the TidalCycles programming framework, recorded with Ardour, and lightly edited in Audacity. - Source: Reddit / 7 days ago
  • pick one
    No DRM is necessary ever. The simplest way is to ask for money and setup a paywall in front of the binaries as seen here. - Source: Reddit / 10 days ago
  • Music Design
    Ardour is another open source project (GPL2). It has paid binaries, but you can compile from source if you want it for free. It can do pretty much anything LMMS does + recording, but has less default instruments and samples. It is also imo a bit more annoying to set up. A great source to learn from in ardour though is unfa. In his older videos he is using LMMS, but newer ones are ardour. - Source: Reddit / 13 days ago
  • Perks of having a LinuxAudio setup!
    Other tools: Ardour (as the default DAW) Audacity (for usual editing and recording) Non-Session Manager Carla Plugin Host (Neat way to manage plugins on Linux!) Catia Patchbay (That first screenshot is from here!) Aj-snapshot (Click a snapshot of your JACK/ALSA connections, with one command!) Vcvrack (The most fun thing, ever.) Cava (Fancy sound visualization in terminal for ALSA). - Source: Reddit / 23 days ago
  • Audacity: Clarification of Privacy Policy
    Too much ill-will generated with this sudden takeover of audacity. Best to move on to alternatives and forks and forget about Audacity's new owners. - Source: Hacker News / 26 days ago
  • Alternatives to Audacity (which may be Spyware?)
    I was chatting with a friend about this yesterday. A little searching turned up Ardour, which appears to be offered under the same freeware licence that Audacity was, while looking to be a whole lot more useful. Non-destructive editing, for a start. - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago
  • Audacity may collect "Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities’ requests (if any)" according to new privacy notice.
    I'm currently looking at Ardour and MuSE as replacements. - Source: Reddit / 28 days ago
  • New [July 2, 2021] Audacity Data Collection Policy
    If you're looking for a good alternative to Audacity for doing audio recording/production I recommend Ardour. ( - Source: Hacker News / 28 days ago
  • Setup for dubbing/recording voice-overs/performing Automatic Dialogue Replacement (ADR) on Linux?
    So far I'm aware that with the help of Ardour you can play a video, so that one can do lip-syncing manually. And, as it supports VST plugins, something like SynchroArts' VocALign should work (kind of emulating ADR), shouldn't it? - Source: Reddit / 29 days ago
  • Are open source software safe?
    As far as making money, one other strategy I've seen is to charge for pre-compiled binaries, even though the source is available. (Ardour)[] does this. You can get compiled versions through distro repositories, and you can also just compile it yourself, but if you don't feel like doing that (or want to support the project) you can just get the compiled version from the website. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Ardour

10 Best Audacity Alternatives for Audio Recording and Editing
It offers a feature to see your recording wave while letting you adjust and monitor the input gains for clear and clean recordings. Ardour presents a huge editing platform with editing tools like trim, cut, swing and transpose, etc. so that you can easily mix your tracks with the tools like a fader, mute and automate, etc.
Top 10 LMMS Alternatives and Similar Software
Ardour is a very capable alternative for LMMS. Ardour is a bit complicated to use. That’s why it’s recommended only for those who have prior professional experience of editing and mixing music. If you’re an audio engineer, you’ll love Ardour for recording a piece of music and then editing and mixing it. It comes with some recently added features-
Best LMMS Alternatives 2017
This LMMS alternative is a hard disk recorder as well as digital audio workplace application. It turns on GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. Ardour’s purpose is to provide digital audio workplace software suitable for proficient use. Ardour source code is freely accessible but pre-built binaries are profitable free-libre software.

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