[Ardour-Users] Struggling to do anything at all

Andrew Johnston andyandtaya at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 21:34:27 PDT 2007

I must admit I have had varying success with different so called 'stable'
releases, some have worked very well and others have been a nightmare of
different problems - that I can empathise with Steve's comments.  However
most of it has come down to me either using VSTs or once I had my kernel
compiled for a older AMD cpu than I actually had, and once I recompiled that
things settled down a lot.  I also like to use bleeding edge stuff...and I
need to learn to live with less frills in order to gain stability.  I think
if you are using VST's then you really can't complain if Ardour is having
issues...when I use it without VST's or the known dodgy ladspa plugins it is
ROCK solid...compared to my earlier experience with ProTools it leaves it
for dead stability wise...and even if it does shutdown, I don't have to
reboot my whole PC (I almost always had to do that with the mac).  Another
thing to consider with any instability you are finding is the large
possibility that it is a library or dependency that is buggy, not ardour.
In the ever evolving landscape of OSS, different elements of the OS are
always going to be changing, especially if you are wanting to upgrade to get
the most recent features.  Also, we should consider that the developers are
not a large team of full time highly paid people, unlike those belonging to
AVID or Steinberg.  The very fact that despite all these hurdles, Ardour at
it's core is extremely stable, is actually quite an incredible feat.
All that said, I would actually like to see a feature freeze for a while,
until every single bug has been sorted.  Midi is going to be nice, and all
the other things people have suggested will be nice...but for some people
(like me) Ardour2 has gotten to the stage of having enough features to make
it fully useable in a professional environment.  What I would like to see is
an Ardour that is as much as possible bug free, that is going to run
flawlessly day in day out and that I can boast to people that my DAW never
crashes =)

Thanks again devs, doing a great job.
For those out there having real big issues...I think having a rock solid
stable distro is the first step, maybe carefully test each VST you want to
use...put up with older versions...and if you have money buy a muse receptor
=)  Boy do I want one of those.

my 2 cents


On 8/4/07, Steven Chamberlain <steven at pyro.eu.org> wrote:
> John Rigg wrote:
> > I think it's a little unfair for users of the latest SVN code
> > to complain that they can't do their everyday work with it. Those who
> > use bleeding edge software need to be prepared to live with the
> problems.
> If there was a more stable version of Ardour that supported loop
> recording, I would use it.  AFAIK the feature was new to 2.0.x, and the
> 2.0-ongoing SVN is considered to be the most stable code:
> Paul Davis wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-08-02 at 11:45 -0400, Dan Tepper wrote:
> >> Um, shouldn't you guys be using the stable releases and not the SVN
> >> versions?
> >
> > the code in branches/2.0-ongoing in SVN can generally be considered to
> > be as stable, or more so, than the latest released version of 2.0
> Regards,
> --
> Steven Chamberlain
> steven at pyro.eu.org
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