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Let’s stick to­gether! Use Ar­dour’s Com­bine Re­gions com­mand to glue to­gether the chopped up bits of your tracks

01Edited au­dio tracks can look a mess, chocked full of mi­cro-edited snip­pets that have been chopped, moved, copied, and pasted into place. Use Ar­dour’s Com­bine Re­gions func­tion to merge them into a sin­gle, co­he­sive au­dio file wher­ever pos­si­ble.

02Are you spend­ing too much time scrolling through the in­nu­mer­able chan­nels of an epic ar­range­ment? If so, you might want to make use of Ar­dour’s Strips List, where you can view, hide, add, re­move, and oth­er­wise re­or­gan­ise chan­nels in an in­stant.

03Ar­dour’s Ed­i­tor List like­wise makes it easy to take in all of the var­i­ous bits and pieces, ac­tions and ed­its that make up your project. Once en­abled, it pro­vides a view of your tracks, re­gions, busses, bus groups, snap­shots, and marks.

04Ar­dour’s play­head is very flex­i­ble, al­low­ing you to de­cide how you want it to align it­self within the project. You can jump to the mouse cur­sor po­si­tion, marker po­si­tions, sys­tem clock time, grid sec­tions or even tran­sients, among many other things. Knowl­edge of the op­tions will speed up your work­flow con­sid­er­ably.

06If you’re into mi­cro-ed­its, you owe it to your­self to have a play with Ar­dour’s Nudge func­tions. You can nudge se­lected re­gions or the play­head by a se­lected time di­vi­sion, and you can change the time rep­re­sen­ta­tion us­ing right-click.

07Plu­gin pinouts are one of Ar­dour’s nifti­est features. Ev­ery plugin header of­fers a Pi­nout but­ton that al­lows ac­cess to the Pin Con­fig­u­ra­tion, where you can see and al­ter that plugin’s I/O rout­ing.

08Ar­dour comes in two flavours: a ready-to-in­stall bi­nary, and source code that you’ll have to build your­self. The lat­ter might seem daunt­ing, but it’s fully cus­tomis­able – you only need in­clude the bits you want to in­clude.

09Be­cause Ar­dour is open-source, it can have any fea­ture you want – if you have the pro­gram­ming skills to put it in. You’re even free to re­dis­tribute it with your changes, pro­vid­ing you ad­here to its li­cense.

10Ar­dour’s Group func­tions are as slick as they come, and if you’re not us­ing them al­ready, you should be. Groups can put a se­lected num­ber of tracks un­der uni­fied con­trol, and you de­cide which pa­ram­e­ters should be af­fected.

11Be sure to use Ar­dour’s cus­tom track colour op­tions to help dis­tin­guish tracks, groups and VCA as­sign­ments. When a project’s get­ting com­pli­cated, any­thing like this can help bring sense to mat­ters.

12Ar­dour’s Help menu of­fers a neat Chat op­tion. With it, you can open a chat win­dow and ask a ques­tion and get a di­rect an­swer from ac­tual peo­ple. It can take any­where from a few min­utes to many hours, but it’s a great tool none­the­less.

13If you use Linux, Jack is old news. How­ever, Mac and Win­dows users now also have ac­cess to this pow­er­ful au­dio and MIDI ap­pli­ca­tion in­ter­con­nec­tion API. As a pro­gram that got its start on Linux, Ar­dour is, natch, Jack-com­pat­i­ble.

14Ar­dour al­lows you to de­note which plug­ins are your favourites so that they are all eas­ily and quickly within reach to the left of the Mixer sec­tion. Just grab the ones you want and drag ’em in!

15You can have a hand in de­cid­ing what features Ar­dour’s de­vel­op­ers in­clude in fu­ture up­dates. Go to ar­ and check out the Fu­ture De­vel­op­ment page to see what the de­vel­op­ers are plan­ning. If what you want isn’t there, speak up!

16…like­wise, if you have a prob­lem, be as­sured that you have a voice.

ar­ hosts a bustling fo­rum full of users just like you, who are more than will­ing to lend a hand if you can’t fig­ure some­thing out.

17ar­ is also the place to file a bug re­port if you run into any pesky grem­lins. That’s as­sum­ing you don’t have the pro­gram­ming chops to squash them your­self – after all, the source code is avail­able to any and all!

19Linux Ar­dour users might be sur­prised (and pleased!) to learn that the mas­ter ana­logue crafts­men at u-he have made a huge se­lec­tion of their plug­ins avail­able for Linux. Like­wise, Togu Au­dio Line and dis­coDSP.

20Fi­nally, the sin­gle most im­por­tant thing you must know to get the most out of Ar­dour is how to support its de­vel­op­ers. De­vel­op­ing a DAW is a full time job, and yet Ar­dour is made avail­able for free. This is only pos­si­ble if its users support it. So get over to ar­ and sling ’em a few bucks. Bet­ter yet, sign up for a do­na­tion sub­scrip­tion.

Ar­dour’s Pi­nout Con­fig­u­ra­tion puts vir­tual patch ca­bles in the palms of your hands

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