[Ardour-Users] (Supposed) MIDI workflow with A3

Nando nandinga at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 23:47:52 PDT 2011

Yup, I end up having a MIDI track, a bus, and an audio track for each
external synth (jack or physical module).

I route them as follows:

MIDI Kbd --> MIDI track --> Synth --> Audio Bus --> Audio track -->

There you have the effects on the bus, and you can record everything on the
audio track to make it easy for the PC to play (disabling the bus
and MIDI track afterwards).

It works but I have to say, that's a bit cumbersome...

BUT I've just had an idea!!

What if we create a new LV2 plug-in that is a wrapper for external synths?

I know Ardour3 can take LV2 virtual instruments like Calf Organ, which have
a MIDI input (you put them on MIDI tracks) and have audio output, making the
track behave as an audio track. The new plug-in would route its MIDI input
to a jack port, and will have a jack audio input port to bring the synth
output back into the Ardour track.

What do you think about that idea? Are there users interested in such a

On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM, Kevin Thoma <kevin.thoma88 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi!
> I've recently tested alpha 10 of Ardour 3 and I was wondering about a good
> way of going at things with MIDI. Right now, I would set up the appropriate
> MIDI connections and have the MIDI tracks in Ardour play my hardware and
> software synthesizers. Then I create a bus for each MIDI track and add the
> plug-ins I want to use for that track. Does that approach make sense? I
> somehow feel it would be more natural to add the plug-ins directly to the
> MIDI track in Ardour but that doesn't work with the plug-ins I use because
> only ones with MIDI inputs are allowed in the track...
> I'm less concerned about particular workarounds (as I'm probably going to
> wait for the release of Ardour 3 before using it on my productions anyway)
> than about how it's designed to work. I wouldn't like doing
> lots unnecessary routing if there's an easier way. ;)
> Also, do I even need to bounce the MIDI tracks at any point when working
> with busses this way and exporting from Ardour?
> Cheers, and thanks for clarifications! :)
> Kevin
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