[Ardour-Users] using ardour on multiple locations
m at reaktanz.de
Thu Mar 14 16:04:13 PDT 2019
i have a rather "stretched" workflow, due to the fact that our rehearsal space
and small studio is some hundreds kilometers away from where i live. i
therefore need to work on our recording projects on multiple machines -- at
least the recording PC in the studio and my PC at home, sometimes also my
to achieve this, we're running our own seafile server to sync all PCs (we
actually buried ~100m of ethernet cable in the garden between two houses to be
able to upload from the cellar). this usually works pretty well and also
creates backups of our projects as a side effect.
but it also shows some details of ardour that you would probably never notice
if you're only running it on one PC. e.g., it seems to be impossible to just
open a project and close it again without changing files. it's not just the
instant.xml that is updated even if you quit ardour explicitly without saving,
but usually also hundreds(!) of peak files.
so, one question i have: it feels like ardour is refreshing/recreating those
peak files anyway while opening the project. what purpose is there to keep
them in the first place? couldn't those be created as temporary files (symlink
to a tempdir) during opening and left out of the project completely?
the other problem we're facing is with the handling of MIDI soundfonts. it is
generally a great idea to use symlinks instad of copies, expecially with large
banks. but symlinks can get lost or break during file transfer; in our case,
seafile replaces them with actual copies of the full files on all but the PC
where the soundfont was first used in a project. wouldn't it be possible to
store the references to those files in a single MIDI config file per project
instead of doing this on the file system level (which also means taking care
of different file systems)? currently, if one of the files linked to is
renamed or removed, the symlink is broken as well, so i see no advantage of
and last but not least, is it possible to dump the MIDI instruments used in a
project? if shit hits the fan, i'd be glad to have a human readable file
listing all tracks with the MIDI instruments defined, so i could manually
recreate them. i'd actually like to have such a file created/updated each time
i save a snapshot, so changes don't get lost.
viele grüße :: m.eik
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