[Ardour-Users] a few thoughts

John Rigg au2 at jrigg.co.uk
Tue Dec 4 08:34:05 PST 2012

On Tue, Dec 04, 2012 at 04:03:15PM +0100, Adriano Petrosillo wrote:
> What if I wanted 16 mix busses (I know, 8 is overkill already, you
> can do most things with 4 busses, but why deny me the opportunity)? 

Can't you just add the extra busses in Mixbus like you can in Ardour?
I'd be very surprised if Harrison had removed this capability.

> Plus, I
> said I like the integrated approach, and I think it's great to have
> integrated processors and FX to start from,

A lot of users don't want FX or other processing enabled on tracks
that don't need them, for obvious screen space and performance reasons.

> but my pledge was for more
> customisability, what if I wanted to make my own templates, using PSP's
> VintageWarmer2 as a saturator instead of Harrison's DSP, for example?

There is nothing stopping you from adding whatever plugins you want,
and saving the settings with a template or snapshot.
> Tough, it still equates to forcing "another person's rapid workflow" on the
> user, it's good as a starting point, I repeat (because it's very nice to
> have something you can run and start mixing straight away with an intuitive
> and powerful interface without having to mess with plugins and having lots
> and lots of cumbersome plugin windows just to tweak a comp ratio on one
> track while boosting mids on another and adjusting sends on yet another),

And if the tracks were recorded with the right sound in the first place?

> and I'm actually a prospective buyer of Mixbus, but it still means having
> to conform to someone else's way of working. Acceptable (and unavoidable)
> on hardware mixers, and also on DAWs up to a certain extent, but one of the
> advantages of digital is actually not having THIS kind of limitations. One
> thing is "standard number of mix busses at boot-up", another is "up to 8
> mix busses", it smells of "Lite Edition" software.
I disagree. The more I see enabled by default on a DAW screen, the more
it makes me think it's aimed at inexperienced users. Ardour is a tool,
not a toy.


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