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Ardour is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. Produce your own CD's. Mix video soundtracks. Experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Generate sound installations for 12 speaker gallery shows. Have Fun.

Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-linear, non-destructive region based editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a mixer whose capabilities rival high end hardware consoles, lots of plugins to warp, shift and shape your music, and controllable from hardware control surfaces at the same time as it syncs to timecode. If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase SX, Digital Performer, Samplitude or Sequoia, you might have found it.

USE Flags

USE="nls sse debug" (altivec ppc only)


emerge --ask --verbose ardour


At the time of writing, version 0.99.3 is the latest ebuild in portage.
The current, technically unstable release is 2.0-rc1.

Version 2.0 has many more features and is much more pleasing to the eye.
Since an ebuild doesn't exist for 2.0 at this time, the source code can be found here:

Instructions for building the latest Ardour:


Ardour is available for bleeding edge use with the following

svn co ardour2


See this guide.

Various tidbits from the mailinglist

Make sure that jack is configured to use tmpfs for its temporary directory, otherwise journalled filesystems like ext3 will trigger xruns...


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