[Ardour-Users] Ardour 5.12 released

Daniel Schär schaerdaniel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 22 18:52:34 PST 2017


as I wrote the translations for the "Introduction to Ardour" - guide  in
German and Spanish,
I would be interested to know more about Ardour 6 so that when it's ready I
could already publish the updated guide.
What new features are interesting for first-time and more experienced users?
Is there already a download for an early but funcional version 6 (for
Is there a release date on schedule?

Thanks for any hints,

2017-09-15 16:35 GMT-06:00 Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>:

> Ardour 5.12 is now available.
> Although when Ardour 5.11 was released, we expected a significant gap
> until 6.0 will be announced, enough notable features and fixes accumulated
> that it seemed better for us to push out a 5.12 release before we embark on
> the major code changes that will mark the real start of the development
> process for 6.0.
> Much of the work in this release was sponsored by Harrison Consoles.
> Two of the most notable new features are the improvements in functionality
> to the new session and new track/bus dialogs, which now offer much easier
> and more powerful ways to use templates. These include dynamic "track
> wizard" templates that allow you to interactively setup sessions and/or
> groups of new track/busses very quickly and very easily. This builds on the
> new template manager dialog introduced in 5.11, and a new less obvious
> feature: the ability to create dynamic templates with Lua scripts.
> Also notable is the new patch selection dialog for MIDI
> tracks/instruments, which provides an easy and convenient way to preview
> patches in software and hardware instruments. Naturally, it integrates
> fully with Ardour's support for MIDNAM (patch definition files), so you
> will named programs/patches for both General MIDI synths and those with
> MIDNAM files.
> Download as usual from http://ardour.org/download
> New Features
>    - Improvements to the template manager dialog.
>    - Lua templates for tracks and sessions can now be created/scripted.
>    - New session dialog functionality improved, with new templates and
>    track wizards.
>    - New track dialog functionality improved, with new templates and
>    track wizards.
>    - Expose Lua bindings for VCA create/delete/assign/unassign.
>    -
>    New patch selector dialog for MIDI tracks. This can be accessed by
>    right clicking in the track header area.
>    <https://community.ardour.org/files/images/a512_patch_select.png>
>    -
>    Ardour's generic GUI for instrument plugins now includes a keyboard to
>    allow auditioning the plugin settings.
>    <https://community.ardour.org/files/images/a512_fluidsynth.png>
>    - Support for a new LV2 extension to notify the host about MIDI
>    bank/program changes (e.g. driven by the plugin's own GUI).
>    - Faderport 8: double-click on select button resets gain to 0dB.
>    - Display playback-only devices when using JACK.
> General Fixes and Improvements
>    - Fix MIDI quantization when not using US English.
>    - Fix selection of quantization note-end grid size.
>    - Catch exceptions thrown from Lua scripts.
>    - Fix handling of MIDI channels in the Transform dialog.
>    - Improve the heuristic used to display track/bus I/O connections in a
>    compact form, as well a connection menus.
>    - Clicks on I/O menus now always connect, rather than toggle connected
>    status.
>    - OSC: gracefully handle the user sending the wrong number of
>    parameters.
>    - OSC: changing jog mode no longer stops transport unless started by
>    scrub/shuttle.
>    - Secondary clock visibility is now a global preference rather than a
>    per-session setting.
>    - The editor's summary view is now constrained to the extent of actual
>    regions, rather than the session extent, by default. This can be reset from
>    a right-click on the summary.
>    - New configuration setting for playhead auto-scroll speed. If you
>    want to scroll quickly, it is preferred to zoom out first, then scroll.
>    - New configuraton setting to define how much zooming will be easily
>    allowed beyond the extents of actual regions in the session.
>    - Generic plugin GUI: fix sizing and layout for automation state
>    controls in plugins with many controls.
>    - Increase priority of the thread involved in automation recording.
>    This fixes an issue with sparse automation recording when the CPU is busy.
>    - Update the included version of NSS (a secure networking library), to
>    provide some features required by some plugins.
>    - Fix the way MIDI filenames are "bumped" during snapshots and
>    playlist copying.
>    - Fix crash bug in Ableton Push 2 support, introduced in a recent
>    version.
>    - Fix various tooltips to avoid problems with special characters in
>    their text.
>    - Catch some exceptions during session loading.
>    - Relax some restrictions imposed by the Lua sandbox (for scripts).
> Contributors
> Robin Gareus, Ben Loftis, Johannes Mueller, John Emmas, Len Ovens, Paul
> Davis, Julien Rivaud, Stefan Müller-Klieser
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