here’s another one: Tata Beya from Southern Germany and her first Album „High Hopes“: https://tatabeya.bandcamp.com/releases
This was recorded 95% live into Ardour. 5 to 7 musicians per piece that played live in a rehearsal room. Basically they did some kind of jam session, not much was planned. And I added some organ snippets afterwards. (Using setBfree.)
I had an Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 interface connected to my old ThinkPad running Kubuntu/kxStudio 18.04. I hooked up an Focusrite OctoPre MKII via ADAT and a Behringer UltraGain Pro analog to get enough mic channels. The piano player popped in very spontaneously and there was only a vintage Korg digital piano that sounded like hell. I was lucky to find a MIDI cable in the mess of the rehearsal room, so I could record the notes, too.
Rhodes and piano sounds from the Korg where replaced by sounds from PianoTeq 6 during mixdown. I used Audio Technica AT4041 small membrane condensers a lot. The vocal mic was a Lewitt LCT440 Pure. For drums I used Line Audio CM3, EV320 on Kick, AT4041 for the cymbals. Bass went in via an Eden WTDI preamp, and the sax went into an Audix clip mic.
Mixdown featured x42eq, the old version of the Harrison plugin collection (mainly gates, spectral comp), Sknote Disto-S (Windows VST emulation of the Empirical Labs Distressor), stuff from Voxengo (mostly Voxformer and Elephant compressors), some Windows VST dynamic EQ that I cant rember the name of now, plus reverbs from the Bricasti M7 as impulse responses (using IR.LV2). Mixing was done at home on my old Lenovo ThinkStation with two screens.
I also used the Focusrite 18i8 as a monitor mixer and had connected up to 8 headphones via its 2 front jacks + one HeadAmp by ART. This would not have been possible without the Scarlett Mixer frontend from Robin.
For more information on the artist, I think she’s working on her web page at the moment: https://tatabeya.com
When I started using Ardour around 2006, I wouldn’t have thought this to be possible. Both in terms of my skills and in terms of audio on Linux. But now, we’re there. Thanks to all people making Ardour possible, thus making this album possible.
EDIT: The Scarlett 18i8 is “1st Gen”, Ibought it used. On later generations of the Scarlett series, the internal mixer may not be USB class compliant any more. (The audio still is, mostly, AFAIK.)