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Ardour

Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. Record, edit, and mix on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
Avg rating of 4.6 (5)| 7 comments

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Ardour 6
Ardour with a custom theme
main window + mixer
MIDI tracks
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What is Ardour?
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Ardour Features

  1.  Non Destructive EditingArdour allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
  2.  Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
  3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Ardour, by handling note and performance information.

Ardour information

  • Developed byThe Ardour Community
  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-2.0) and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.6
  • Alternatives87 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  2,788 Stars
  •  572 Forks
  •  25 Open Issues
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Our users have written 7 comments and reviews about Ardour, and it has gotten 195 likes

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Numinosity
  
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I am recently moving from Bitwig (say no more) and am looking for alternative software and i must say that i am impressed with Ardour 5. The payment system is very fair by allowing the user/s to pay what they think it is worth which is a good and honest model which is clearly working. Ardour is working seamlessly on linux and, after playing around with the demo, will definately be contributing to this project in the near future.

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heikoidensen
  
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Best Open Source Audio Recorder & Editing Software for Linux :-)

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deltz025
  
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Ardour is a professional-grade DAW that's accessible to all. It can be compiled from source for free, or installed by packages for a small donation ($1). Fully-featured, actively developed, and with plenty of extensibility through plugin support.

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hced
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Is there any comprehensive compilation guide out there for Windows users?

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Roby718
  
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Author is just charging money for builds.

There's a link to the source code on the same page as the purchase link, it's not hard to compile.

And if you use Linux, it's in nearly every distro's official repo.

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Vikar

"It's not hard to compile." On Linux, maybe. I wouldn't bother trying to compile on Windows though, as there's no real how-to guide or anything to go by and you have to manually get all the dependencies.

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sedeti

It's not hard to compile on Linux, on windows there is no guide at all

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mihaelkyeah
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The free version doesn't have full functionality as it goes silent every 10 minutes. Would donationware be a valid new category for licence type? (If it isn't already.)

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Aaron
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Out of any of the DAWs I like this one the most, since I can run it on Ubuntu. I am still trying to get good at using it, but it has more than most programs. It has a lot of effects, and just many things that you can do in it. I really like it.

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