Release of Ardour 7.0 Open-Source DAW with Loop Libraries and Clip Launching & Sequencing

Today saw the significant release of Ardour 7.0, an open-source, free, and cross-platform digital audio workstation (DAW) with a host of exciting new features and improvements. FroArdour More than a year after Ardour 6.9, Ardour 7.0 is now available and includes notable new features including clip launching (also known as cues), which enables you to experiment with combinations of different loops and one-shot samples. The workflow of this function is comparable to that of commercial tools like Ableton Live.

In Ardour 7.0, the Push 2 surface from Ableton can be used to control cues. Future releases will support Novation Launchpads and comparable hardware. The most recent version of Ardour adds loop libraries to access a ton of extra audio and MIDI loops in addition to clip launching.

Ardour 7.0 adds clip sequencing, a tool that enables you to order clips from the timeline, in addition to clip launching. Because of a new “Cue Marker” rule, the creators characterize this functionality as a “linear” process for your timeline.

The new ‘Cue Markers’ rule lets you start a cue scene by crossing the playhead over the cue scene. Cue markers can be recorded to the timeline in real-time, or placed manually from the editor ruler. They also appear in the Cue and Mixing page’s mini Timeline, so you can see your song structure anywhere, even the mix window.

Other new features in Ardour 7.0 include stem exports for MIDI tracks, support for searching samples on the Freesound project, and three new “ripple editing” modes: Ripple Selected, Ripple All, and Interview. Additionally, a completely new and different internal time representation that features audio time and musical time is also included.

Numerous enhancements to MIDI editing are also included, along with support for I/O plugins, FFmpeg 5.0, the iCon Platform M+ controller, the iCon Platform X+ extenders with the iCon Platform M+ controller, the iCon QCon ProG2 controller, MIDI maps for the AKAI mpk225 and the Alesis Q49 V2 master keyboard, program names for the Kurzweil PC3A series, and a Roland A-30.

You can download Ardour 7.0 right now from the official website, and the documentation has been revised and much expanded with new sections, a ton of updates, and additional screenshots to assist you in learning how to produce music with it.

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