Ardor 6.0 arrives after months of development with a new virtual MIDI keyboard and many internal improvements

Ardor 6.0

Although I have used a lot of other software since then, when I found out about this release I couldn't help but smile. What has arrived is Ardor 6.0, the latest major version of this digital audio workspace Open source (DAW) that I used for the first time back in 2006. At that time I did not have the image and it was as intuitive as the most modern sequencers are, but I already did my little things with a friend and my memories are positive.

At the time of this writing, the project page is down, so we can not access it and see the list of news that sooner or later will be available again in this link. We are also unable to download the software because the entire website is down. It seems unlikely that it is down because many have wanted to update to Ardor 6.0 but, if we consider that they have not mentioned any maintenance task, everything seems to indicate that the hosting company is failing them.

Ardor 6.0: little change on the outside, much better on the inside

Ardor 6.0 has many internal changes to improve its architecture. Among other things, it now offers the following:

  • Provides full latency compensation across the entire stack.
  • Global variable speed support.
  • Cue monitoring.
  • Major improvements to the MIDI workflow.
  • Improved plugin management.
  • ALSA back-end enhancements for Linux audio engineers.
  • New virtual MIDI keyboard.
  • Native recording format support for FLAC.
  • Best HiDPI user interface support.
  • Many other general fixes and improvements.
  • There is also some prep work done on Ardor 6.0 to support an experimental web interface in the future.

As we have mentioned, right now the project website is down, so Ardor 6.0 cannot be installed from there. Yes it exists a repository from where we can install it, for which we will have to open a terminal and write the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dobey/audiotools
sudo apt update && sudo apt install ardour

If you are wondering, there is no version available as Flatpak or Snap packages. Yes can be installed from the official repositories of many Linux distributions, but it will still take a few days (or more) for Ardor 6.0 to appear as an update.


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  1.   Carlos Santos said

    In AVLinux 2020 (based on Debian 10) it breaks the KXStudio PPA "DO NOT use this PPA if you are using the KXStudio PPAs".
    I imagine it has a solution.
    Before reading this article I compiled it, first in English and then in Spanish. Since I have a windows partition, I uninstalled it and contributed a Ready to Run for windows and another for Linux.
    I installed the compilation in / usr and the RtR is installed in / opt there is some small difference that you can see by comparing the "About" in the Help menu.
    I guess the ppa is more appropriate for UbuntuStudio.
    By the way, in UbuntuStudio if an Ardor5 session is used it is recorded in Ardour6 and cannot be used again unless it is recovered from a backup (read in ubuntustudio.org) I imagine it will be the same in all distributions.

    Thanks for the information, just add that there are also changes in the interface, for example in the list of regions of the editor or in the window of choice of plugins.
    Enjoy this great program.
    A greeting.

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