Ardour 5.0 – an open source digital audio workstation – is now available for Linux, OS X and, for the first time, Windows.
This is a major release featuring substantial updates to the GUI and major new features related to mixing, plugin use, tempo maps, scripting and more.
Ardour 5.0 can be parallel-installed with older versions of the program, and does not use the same preference files. It will load sessions from Ardour 2, 3 and 4, though with some potential minor changes.
Windows Now Supported
This is the first version of Ardour with official Windows support. The developers note, though, that they do not offers support for installing Ardour on Windows, issues with audio hardware or system- or user-specific issues. If you have issues actually doing stuff with Ardour, or there are generic problems affecting all Windows users, they say they will try to provide Windows users with the same kind of assistance that we do on Linux and OS X.
Here are the key new features in Ardour 5:
- Control Masters (VCAs)
- Tempo Ramps
- Lua Scripting
- Sidechaining and Pin Connections
- Plugin Inline Display
- Built-in Plugins
- MIDI Busses
- GUI Changes
- Improved Control Surface Support
- Export updates
A complete guide to what’s new is available on their site.