Release of Ardour 8.4 Open-Source DAW: New Experimental AAF Import Feature Added 

February 22, 2024
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Paul Davis made a public announcement this week about the release and widespread availability of Ardour 8.4. This highlights a fresh maintenance update to this robust open-source, multi-platform, and complimentary digital audio workstation (DAW) applicable for Linux, Windows, and macOS operating systems.

The release has taken place a little over two months after Ardour 8.2. Ardour 8.3 was overlooked following the discovery of a critical bug, thus culminating in the Ardour 8.4 release, which presents initial support for importing AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) files. Given the experimental nature of this feature, the developers are seeking user feedback and bug reports.

Ardour 8.4 has another significant update in the form of an upgraded GUI toolkit (GTK). This was done to guarantee application support on both current and upcoming versions of widely used GNU/Linux distributions. This update benefits users and Linux distro maintainers by letting them continue with Ardour source builds.

Linux users will also find a new “adwaita” color theme based on GNOME’s Adwaita in this release. Furthermore, it enhances backing for recent Linux distributions by accommodating the usage of ardour --gdb.

Ardour 8.4 also updates support for several controllers including Akai MIDIMix, Lexicon MPX100, Yamaha SY85, Donner DMK25, Arturia MiniLab 3, and FaderPort 8. In addition, this release sets the default MIDI CC values to be more in line with MIDI specs.

Various other changes include updated region groups to no longer group multiple takes on a single track, tooltips to describe ops on the pianoroll header, metadata for the session property editor to enable search support, as well as support for capturing MIDI notes that were already on/down when recording starts.

Of course, several bugs were addressed so make sure that you check out the release notes for more details. Meanwhile, you can download Ardour 8.4 from the official website.

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