[Ardour-Users] a few thoughts

Steve the Fiddle stevethefiddle at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 08:52:21 PST 2012

Imho, one of the best things about open source software is that you
are allowed to modify it.
If you don't like it the way that it is then you can change it,
If you don't have the skills or the knowledge to change it then you
can learn, or employ someone else to modify it for you.

If you don't want to customise it, or if you are too idle or not
prepared to pay someone, or choose for any other reason to not change
it then you are relying on the knowledge, skill, time, effort,
dedication, opinions and decisions of the developers.

The developers of open source software are usually delighted to
receive user feedback that will help them to create better
applications, but I don't think that really gives users the right to
whinge about software that does not pander to their opinion,
especially if they are contributing nothing or little to the project

For commercial products the most effective complaint is with your
wallet - If you don't like it, buy something else.

Constructive feedback, feature request, bug reports and the like are
beneficial for developers and are usually welcome and appreciated.
Moaning just wastes everyone's time.

This is not directed at anyone in particular, but if the hat fits feel
free to wear it :=)


On 4 December 2012 16:34, John Rigg <au2 at jrigg.co.uk> wrote:
> 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.
> John
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