[ardour-dev] MultiTrack recording

Chris Goddard chris at oofus.demon.co.uk
Sun Mar 5 16:22:56 PST 2006

On Monday 06 Mar 2006 00:18, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-03-05 at 23:27 +0000, Chris Goddard wrote:
> > Hi All
> >
> > I hope this is the right place for this message. If not please advise.
> >
> > I'm currently working for a mobile recording company. We are planning a
> > new truck and have got to the 'what do we record onto' question. On our
> > other trucks, and our de-rig (anything you carry into a venue, record,
> > and carry out again !) systems we have predominantly used Pyramix as it
> > has proved very robust for recording up to 64 tracks for extended periods
> > of time. This new truck is to be a more budget conscious build so we are
> > looking at ways of saving costs, Pyramix can prove rather pricey !
> >
> > I have been following Ardour for quite some time and like very much the
> > direction it is taking. With this in mind I am quite keen to put together
> > a test system that uses Ardour as a multitrack recorder. The plan would
> > be a capable PC with an RME MADI card (or two if possible).
> >
> > Priorities for any multitrack software for us would be stability and
> > track count. After that..........portability of the audio
> > files.........Editing is not a priority at all, just recording.
> >
> > My question I suppose is; is Ardour the right choice for this, could it
> > cope, is anybody already asking this much of it, am I barking up the
> > wrong tree ?
> maybe you should talk to harrison/GLW consoles. they are currently
> strongly suggesting ardour to their clients as the best software
> strategy to use with their current and future hardware.

Interesting. They may not be too keen to talk when they know we'll be using it 
with an SSL console ;-)

> ardour is perfectly capable of doing what you want, and by most people's
> experience is significantly more stable and resource friendly that its
> competition. several people are already doing what you are talking about
> with ardour; they are not totally free of problems from time to time,
> but no more and generaly less than with other solutions.


> the major limitation right now is that "extended periods of time" is
> limited by the maximum possible size of any mono .WAV file, which for
> 96kHz is not very long at all. we aim to fix this issue in the very near
> future.

Noted. We could be recording upto 2.5 hours. Maybe sometimes more.

A further question. Does Ardour have the ability to chase LTC ?



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