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 Ardour by Ardour is an Audio Plugin Host for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It functions as a LADSPA Plugin. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins, LADSPA Plugins and LV2 Plugins.
Product Ardour
Developer Ardour
Price (MSRP) Free (Source Code) / Donation ($1+)
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 beta  Downloads Released
 4.4  Downloads Released
 4.4  Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Miscellaneous Information
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Ardour is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. Produce your own CDs. Mix video soundtracks. Experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Generate sound installations for 12 speaker gallery shows. Have Fun.

Ardour capabilities include:

  • Multi-channel recording.
  • Non-linear, non-destructive region based editing with unlimited undo/redo.
  • Full automation support.
  • A mixer whose capabilities rival high end hardware consoles.
  • Lots of plugins to warp, shift and shape your music.
  • Controllable from hardware control surfaces at the same time as it syncs to timecode.
Discussion: Active


22 April 2015 at 10:35amHypnogoddess

I would no longer call Ardour "Donationware"; nor if I were KVR Admin, would I be listing it amongst the freeware. The only "free" version available now and going forward, is a demo version which after 10 minutes, inserts silences into music at random intervals. If one doesn't donate, this demo version is all that is available to the user. Mandatory donation to get a fully functional product = commercial software at "pay what you like" pricing; not freeware or donationware!

22 April 2015 at 12:31pmLost_Highway

Hypnogoddess: what you say is incorrect, Ardour can be obtained without charge. To obtain a ready-to-run version, yes, you have to pay a minimum of $1, or there's the demo version which goes silent after 10 minutes.

It is possible to obtain Ardour, unrestricted, without paying anything. The source code is available free of charge – a donation is totally optional – and there is no 10 minute restriction. All that is required is to build it from source yourself, which isn't difficult (I've done it myself a few times) and something that many Linux users are comfortable with. Also, it is available free-of-charge in many repositories, although some lag behind the version available from the Ardour website.

19 May 2015 at 7:21amHypnogoddess


Is that source code for Windows, or for Linux? I'm a Windows user and a non-coder. A demo version which goes silent after 10 minutes is of no use whatsoever except for eval purposes, which is why such are made. The article in question was about the current version of Ardour, not a repository version which lags two or three revisions behind.

Therefore, seeing as how unless there is a compilable version for Windows, which will still require one to find a compatible compiler (which will most likely come at a further fee) there is still a mandatory donation to use the full version of Ardour, my statement that it cannot be considered either freeware or donationware still stands. Most true donationware I have seen is a voluntary rather than a mandatory donation, and the pre-donation download isn't crippleware.


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