Ardor 8.6 arrives due to two bugs not detected since v8.4 and overlooked in v8.5


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It seems that the Ardor 8.6 developers have been quite busy in the development of this sound editor, and that is It is not the first time they have put aside the launch of a version (as happened with version 8.3 which never arrived) or that due to errors that were not detected, a corrective version is released to replace the version in which they let this happen.

Y This is the case of version 8.5 which was launched recently and had to be relieved by Ardor version 8.6 which arrives with the purpose of correcting a drawing error that had not been detected or solved before version 8.5, in addition to also addressing a problem that could occur when using JACK2.

The developers mention that the release of this version of Ardor 8.6 It was extremely necessary, since it includes the solution for a problem present in version 8.4 which was affecting many Linux users (a crash every time a file selection dialog was opened, caused by the presence of certain icon files in their version of Linux).

What's new in Ardor 8.6?

Regarding the changes and improvements, as such Ardor 8.6 does not present anything new more than the aforementioned fixes, but All the new features and improvements from the release of Ardor 8.5 are carried over to this new version And from the new things that the developers had prepared for us, we can find the following.

The ability to import files in AAF format (Advanced Authoring Format), commonly used in systems such as Avid Media Composer and After Effects, as well as the addition of the Pitch bend support to the integrated Reasonable Synth synthesizer.

Another of the improvements that is presented is in the debugging capabilities in Linux. Enabling “–gdb” debug mode now automatically handles the SIG32 signal, added Lua API to configure automation data and plugin properties, updated Lua Action scripts from the local file when possible and added an example script to exercise plugin properties.

Besides that, the plugins list no longer shows those plugins that are hidden, Session backups stored in the backup/ folder now have a version number added to their names and the behavior when moving checkpoints has been changed.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Ensures inclusion of drum names in MIDI files in MIDNAM format.
  • The display of the note grid for triplets, quintuplets, and sextlets is activated.
  • The use of GTK modules has been discontinued (Ardour now supports its own fork of the GTK2 library).
  • Resolves an issue that caused crashes on the Linux platform when opening the file selection dialog, particularly when certain files with icons were present in the displayed directory.
  • Clear location of a control point in the new position when moving it to avoid confusion.
  • Preventing the snap cursor from flashing during drags if “show snap cursor” is disabled.
  • Adding missing horizontal separator after last track header.
  • Fix undefined symbol when building with VST3 disabled.
  • Improved loading session handling by relative path.
  • Avoidance of failures when adding or removing IOPlug ports.
  • Using G_ENABLE_DEBUG with default debug builds.
  • Improved editor drawing efficiency on various versions of macOS.
  • Using native z-axis stacking for dialogs.
  • Removing stale calls on macOS.

Finally If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details in the following link

How to install Ardor on Linux?

Within the repositories of the distributions we can find the package of the application with the detail that possibly not the latest version and besides that this is only a trial version.

That said, if you want to try the app I leave you the commands of installation.

Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives:

sudo apt install ardour

Arch Linux and derivatives:

sudo pacman -S ardour

Fedora and derivatives:

sudo dnf install ardour


sudo zypper install ardour

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