Ardour is a cross-platform Digital Audio Workstation for recording, editing, and mixing sounds and beats. It is so professionally made it can be a contender of the famous Adobe Audition DAW quality-wise.
It is professionally used by audio engineers, musicians, soundtrack editors, and composers.
I wouldn’t say Ardour features an intuitive-enough User Interface for beginners but those who are familiar with the workings of DAWs will see that its UI workflow isn’t difficult to get up and running with when it’s opened for the first time.
Plus, the development team has done their best to keep the User Experience uniform across platforms.
Ardour Sound Editing
Ardour Sound Mixing
Features in Ardour
- FOSS: Free to download and use with its source code available on GitLab (to only approved developers).
- Cross-Platform: Experience a uniform DAW experience on GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows.
- Flexible recording.
- Unlimited multichannel tracks.
- Non-destructive, non-linear editing.
- Matrix-style patching/routing.
- Support for Solo Isolate and Solo Lock modes.
- Monitor selection.
- Inline plugin control.
- Support for tons of VST plugins from manufacturers for all platforms.
- Export to several formats including WAV, AIFF, CAF, BWF, FLAC, and Ogg/Vorbis.
- Limitless number of buses, sample rate, channels, sends/inserts per track, and latency.
Head over to the official website’s features page to see all the major features in more detail.
Ardour is free to download and use on all three desktop platforms for both 32 and 64-bit architectures. Download the version specific to your Operating System below.
Download Ardour DAW for Linux
Which Digital Audo Workstation do you use for your recordings? And what type of DAW user are you? Some people who do basic sound editing use Audacity. What do you use?
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