Ardour is a free software hard disk recorder and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) application that runs on Linux, macOS, FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows. Ardour’s core user group are people who want to record, edit, mix and master audio and MIDI projects.
It has the features you’d expect: multi-track high sample-rate recording, non-destructive editing (NDE) non-linear editing (NLE), VST/LV2 plug-in support for both FX and synths, MIDI and control surface support, and so on.
With its record feature, you can record easily by simply plugging in a keyboard or a microphone with it. It helps in importing audio from your hard drive. Its editing feature helps in cutting, trimming, stretching, moving, dragging, dropping, transposing, zooming, renaming, aligning and deleting audio easily through it easily.
In addition, if you want to use Ardour Digital Audio Workstation, you must have to buy any recording device for it.
What’s new in Ardour 6.7 Digital Audio Workstation
- Dedicated “Recorder” tab/window.
- Provides a compact view of your track’s record & monitor status plus a simplified timeline that keeps everything in view at once.
- Allows you to rename your device’s hardware inputs to match your studio connections: “Vocal Mic”, “Guitar Mic”, “Bass DI” (these names will be retained across sessions).
- Every hardware input has a high-precision meter with peak-hold, a scrolling waveform history so you can recognize your source signals, and a PFL solo button to listen to that signal (requires the Monitor section to be engaged).
- Vision and support for this work came from Harrison Consoles.
- New “Streaming” preset option for export (defines correct defaults for YouTube, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Amazon Music streaming services, particularly loudness levels).
- Allow import of SMF (MIDI) cue markers as global markers.
For detailed information on all changes, you can refer to the project’s website.
How to install Ardour on Linux
To install Ardour Digital Audio Workstation on Linux, open up a terminal and enter the command that corresponds to your operating system.
Ubuntu / Debian
sudo apt install ardour
sudo dnf install ardour
sudo zypper install ardour
sudo pacman -S ardour
In addition, newer versions of the Ardour Digital Audio Workstation are distributed on the website. Developers let the users purchase a binary (like a DEB or RPM file) to support the project. The only other way to get it is to compile from source. If you’re using a Linux distribution that doesn’t support Ardour, this route is a good way to go.