Ardour is a digital audio station that has open source code. Initially it was released under Linux, but due to the increased popularity it also received versions for Windows and other popular operating systems.
This digital audio editor can be used to bring together tracks, mix, create electronic sets and other sound operations of any complexity. The program supports multichannel recording and asynchronous export. You can add as many tires, tracks and effects as you like to one project at a time. Their number is limited only by the "power" of the computer on which Ardour is running. For convenient content management, the developers have provided hotkeys support in the editor. However, in the Windows version they do not work quite correctly. Also, this version periodically "suffers" from memory leaks.
Ardour allows you to flexibly configure the routing of audio tracks. The editor also allows you to "bind" certain areas of sound to points on the timeline. The tool of division of tracks on area is executed very conveniently. There are no plugins in the original Ardour package, but you can download and add them to the program yourself (supported by VST or LV2).
Supported import and export formats include FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, CAF and BWF. Also, Ardour is closely integrated with the Freesound.org repository, from where users can borrow songs and fragments for their projects. You can also upload your own work there.
As a result, the editor is really multifunctional, free of charge, but a little "raw". However, the last statement is true only for the Windows version.
- open source code;
- Multi-channel audio recording with automatic delay compensation;
- JACK music server support;
- The ability to use an unlimited number of samples, tracks, effects and plug-ins within a single project;
- close integration with the Freesound.org repository;
- a wide list of supported formats (both for import and export);
- Support for VST and LV2 plugins;
- the presence of time stretching, tone change, audio division into areas, and anchorage to a specific point on the timeline.