[Ardour-Users] subscription support down, your ideas sought

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Thu May 15 12:04:04 PDT 2008

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 2:08 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:

>   In my opinion I think that Ardour, with respect to the masses,
> suffers from being overly complex. There are lots of stupid
> limitations Digi has put on their home recording tools that gives
> Ardour an opening. Some ideas:
> 1) Hardwired for stereo with a mono switch on each track.
> 2) None of the routing stuff is generally required for writer/composer
> types. We need a few buses for routing to sub-masters and reverb. A
> short list of send buses, 4 or 8 sub-masters (over kill) and a master
> fader and I'm done.
> 3) A focused list of plugins, a couple of VST's to show capability.
> 4) No programmed limit on audio tracks.
> In the last 10 years I might have exceed that twice and have never
> used more than stereo.


  I believe you were just mentioning to release a version like this, but
continue working on Ardour as normal?  However despite that i figured I
would throw out here that my uses of Ardour do not match at all actually;)

The AU plugin support on OS X is a great thing to me to be honest, it means
that I can easily use some plugins I have instead of worrying about VST
compatibility in Linux.  On the flip side of this, it keeps me in OS X where
Linux is a much better match for my workflow, so it is a mixed bag for me in
that regards.

I, however, OFTEN use more than stereo, and am one of those that has
requested a good multi-channel ambisonic panner in the past for this
reason.  I don't even do standard 5.1, 7.1 or whatever surround typically as
I work in theater sound design and might mix for 18 different locations.
Ardour doesn't handle this well right now, but it is better than hardwired
stereo.  On the flip side, given that stereo is the only easily accessible
routing right now, it might be worth it to concentrate on this for the time
being for the sake of simplicity.

I also tend to use a variety of busses myself for effects, submasters, etc.
The last CD I worked on I think I had about 10-12 going if I remember right,
and would have had, probably many, more if they worked closer to the VCA
setup than a bus setup.

Just tossing it out there.  Not saying a simplified public distribution
isn't a bad idea, just that it would certainly not fit everyone either.

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