Ardour: An Audio Editor That's Hard to Master and Tough to Beat
Ardour is the go-to app of choice on Linux for many audio editors. I have less use for a top-of-the-line DAW, however. I was getting along fine with Audacity until I needed specialized results for a project on which I was consulting. That is when I made the switch to Ardour. It is lean but packs some powerhouse tools for effective sound mixing, effects and cutting.
One of the partners on this project actually moved into Linux just to use Ardour over other products available on the Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows platform. Ardour has no Windows version, although it is available for Mac OS X.
With Ardour, I was able to easily grab output from multiple channel sources. It let me mix all the channels, samples and effects. I could save the configurations with the specialty plug-ins intact. This allowed others involved in the project to work more collaboratively from their remote locations.
Not FlawlessI was not completely sold on Ardour when I first installed the app. The production team members used several flavors of Linux. That meant introducing Ardour to a variable collection of kernel and supporting libraries.
Some of these wrinkles smoothed out after adjusting system settings. Others were more persistent.
For example, I am still plagued with an error message of sorts when I load Ardour. That message warns me that my system has a limit for the maximum amount of locked memory. The message further advises that this might cause Ardour to run out of memory before my system runs out of memory.
The fix for this nagging message is to view the memory limit by entering this command in a terminal window:
Then edit memory settings in the file:
Ardour continues to issue the warning message. But it so far has not crashed or failed to deliver.
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I'm glad I found this Article. I have installed and opened up Ardour several different times and after about 10 minutes, just closed it and forgot about it. I am familiar with Multi Track Audio Editing Apps and I this one is definaltly laid aout differently than thhe ones that I am fimiliar with. Getting past that error should help allot though! So, I think I'll give Ardour another try...