[ardour-users] Re: Re: Book

andy news4 at earthsong.free-online.co.uk
Sat Sep 11 15:29:26 PDT 2004

On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 14:40:04 -0600, D. R. Evans wrote:

> andy said the following at 2004-09-11 13:22 :
>> - then press record on the track's mixer window strip, and press the
>> record button followed by the play button in the main ardour window.
>> - this should start it off recording.
> It works!!! Thank you!
> You can ignore the rest of this e-mail :-)
> The reason that I couldn't get this far before was twofold:
> 1. This is utterly unintuitive, so all my attempts prior to reading the 
> documentation were doomed to failure. That's fair enough, I guess. 
> Serves me right for not reading the documentation first. Sort of. Mind 
> you, people accustomed to Windows programs won't be happy that they 
> can't even do the first thing they're likely to want to do unless they 
> resort to the documentation first. (And this is something that's almost 
> at the end of the current documentation, rather than being close at the 
> beginning.)
> 2. Once I did read the documentation, I never got very far in the 
> sequence of steps in "Basic Recording". The steps you mention are 
> documented toward the bottom of page 45. But several steps earlier the 
> documentation becomes incomprehensible.
> Step 2 says:
> Check the input configuration for the new track. Click on its editor 
> corntol area. A mixer strip appears in the editor for this track. Click 
> on the Input button near the top of the strip, and select Edit from the 
> menu. The srtdanad I/O dialog pops up to let you connect the track to 
> whichever JACK port you want to record from.
> I looked at that pop-up, and was completely bamboozled as what I was 
> supposed to do with it.

That's not so hard either - every track and bus in ardour has an input
port and output port associated with it, so you can route signals between

(Imagine that at the top and bottom of each mixer strip there are physical
jack plugs with wires that you can use to connect the strips to each other
and to other programs in the computer.)

(These ports can be connected to any other program that uses jack
for its audio as well, so you could e.g. record rendered midi tracks
from a soft synth direct into ardour). When you open the 'input' popup,
it's showing the ports that track or bus is getting its input from in the
boxes on the left hand side, and on the right hand side there's a tabbed
list of all the running jack programs, with a list of the ports you could
connect up underneath.

E.g. if you want to get the input for a track from hydrogen instead of
alsa_pcm:capture, you click the alsa_pcm entries in the input box to get
rid of them, then choose the hydrogen tab, look for the left and right
output ports, and click them.

If you want to mix two tracks or busses into one, create a bus that takes
its input from the outputs of both the tracks you want to mix.

If you start jackd using qjackctl, you can do this port routing in the
'connect' dialog instead, which you might or might not find easier.

hope this helps.



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