Ardour DAW review

Ardour is an open source DAW with lots of planning and supported by School of Audio Engineering, it rivals pro-tools for the features it has and planned to be in future versions.

It is in initial stages of development and still has to go a long way before competiting with commercial apps in terms of usability and out of the box use.

It also has a very steep learning curve and not the best software to start with if you are new to audio engineering.

The only downside with Ardour at the moment is that it does not works on Windows Platform

It is not easy to set it up with JACK on linux. Many new recording engineers who are familiar with windows are intimidated by the complexity of the software

  • Energy XT - is one of the best cheap MIDI capable DAW. 
  • Fl studio - started out as a simple drum machine and evolved into a complete monstor for music production. Can do everything right from MIDI to Audio. But it is mainly geared towards MIDI so if you do a lot of audio recording then look elsewhere. It is a better option that Reason because it can do audio stuff nicely. 
  • Logic pro - one stop solution, very expensive does everything related to music production under the sun.
  • Adobe audition - one of the lesser used DAWs out there, MIDI support is minimal. Good for creating loops and podcasting type of stuff. Not so great for other things.
  • Reaper a small and robust DAW that can do everything but does not comes with lots of samples or presets. Is comparatively cheaper and bang for the buck.
  • Ardour is developed by School of Audio Engineering as an open source DAW to rival pro-tools. It is still in developmental stages and has to go a long way. 

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