[Ardour-Users] using ardour for live recording

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 04:30:51 PDT 2010

I am willing to bet Ardour could handle all those with no problem.

For the record, Jörn and I have been discussing a fair amount about this
recently, like him I also do live recordings and have often run in that
range of tracks in Ardour without to much problem, provided the buffer size
was set appropriately.  Unlike him though I like recording to SSD and a 60
second buffer size is pittance to fill there, but the moment I switch to a
spindle based HD I feel it while working on the session later.


2010/6/16 Jörn Nettingsmeier <nettings at stackingdwarves.net>

> On 06/16/2010 07:10 AM, Jason Jones wrote:
>> 44 tracks!?!?  Holy cow...  Would you mind sharing what interface you use?
> an rme hdspm pci-e madi card. or actually two - i did the job with
> faberman, who threw in a madi splitter for a fully redundant setup: my
> machine running ardour, which i used to set edit marks in realtime and take
> notes while wading through the score, and faberman's shuttle running
> jack_capture, which was just dumping the entire 64 madi channels to disk in
> case something happened to the primary machine. luckily, it was not needed.
> but that's the nature of backup - when you have it, you don't need it :)
>  Are you on Linux or Mac?  Wow... 44 Tracks...  That's the most
>> simultaneous
>> tracks I've heard of being recorded by ardour (in my little bubble
>> world..)
> both machines were linux boxen. the session was quite insane - my original
> plan was for 24 tracks, but the composer got so inspired by the venue that
> she used almost twice as many positions as we had thought, and constantly
> changed stuff. we were chasing the double basses all over the place, i think
> we moved the mikes at least 4 times :)
> we ended up taping microphones to trees and video tripods because we had
> run out of hardware, and the last few microphones were hooked up with
> several five-metre cables in series... :-o
> with the increased buffer size and good disks, i'm pretty confident ardour
> could do a lot more. i ran some tests with 64 tracks for about 30 minutes,
> no problems.
> actually, we did record another 32 channels of eigenmike, but due to its
> closed-source-ish nature, it runs exclusively on a macbook with windows xp
> (!), and you only get at the data via firewire, so we had to have two
> machines running in sync. would have been fun to try 76 tracks in ardour ;)
> some other day.
> regards,
> jörn
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