[Ardour-Users] Ardour Development Update

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Fri Jun 1 14:34:34 PDT 2018

We are not going to get in an "arms race" with Live, Bitwig or FL Studio.
Those tools are far, far ahead of Ardour in the domain of groove-centric
in-the-box composition.

However, it doesn't hurt to have a little beatbox window that lets you set
up some basic pattern(s) to work around on your out-of-the-box instruments.

Maybe that side of things will slowly grow, maybe it won't. There's
something about being able to sketch out a track by having the rhythmic
basics laid down quickly that I think really helps with creativity.

On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 4:44 PM, jonetsu <jonetsu at teksavvy.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:57:10 -0400
> Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:
> >    - Providing fast pathways to getting groove-centric sessions set
> > up, with pattern generators and other related tools.
> Is it possible at all to have this at a useful level in Ardour ? How
> very useful can it be when the playhead will play all loops in a column
> only ?  What I mean is, is it worthwhile at all ? I use Mixbus32C for
> mixing/mastering although I cannot conceive how it could give the
> flexibility of a grid of say 32 MIDI/audio clips by 12 scenes, each of
> which in a row can be played in sync at any time.  Try this synth line
> with this drum over there.  That guitar down there with the bass up
> here to the left.  Try them and record your tries - your switching of
> clips - at the same time in traditional tracks for further
> song-based editing.
> I mean, I really like Mixbus32C for mixing and mastering.  It's great.
> Has certain drawbacks perhaps, like most software do, but it does great
> things as it is today.  By the same token is it the best thing to
> pursue groove-centric sessions in a framework that's not really made
> for it, perhaps to find after 5 years spent on that, that it does not
> compare to tools (eg. Bitwig) made specifically to groove clips in a
> way that's largely (bit not totally) free form and thus opens the door
> for creativity ?  Tools that have even developed much further inb those
> same 5 years ?
> Could it be that this effort would bring better results by
> concentrating on the strengths of Ardour instead ?
> Cheers.
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