A friend of mine sent me here to scope out for him, if Ardour could be a multitracker that might work for him on a small notebook computer.
I was just gonna download it and check it out, but the first thing I ran into were messages, that you’re having trouble with your funding - few customers, still fewer willing to pay. Understandably, that’s frustrating for you, I’m sure this is a lot of work.
From the perspective, a newcomer who arrives at this site for the first time, that sounds like maybe the project is already dying. Beyond that, the matter is this:
Nobody in their right mind is going to pay until they know it will work with their hardware. Or, failing that, if it works with some other hardware they can look at, see if its worth the hassle to swap existing hardware for something else they would actually feel ok to buy and use.
After failing to download, I came to the forum to check what hardware is supported (Audio I/O being #1 criterion). But there is no list, no faq focusing on that, not even a forum sticky. I would have expected an audio I/O section in the forum, really!
So, my assessment of this Project, without ever having seen the quality of the software has taken 2 sharp drops:
1) devs seem unsure about the future of this project
2) can’t figure out quickly what audio hardware you support.
I’m sure there’s all sorts of posts spread about, where people discuss different hardware they’re trying to use and such, but that doesn’t cut it for someone who’s trying to make a decision on a software package. That’s part of the key information before someone even decides if they want to spend a little more time looking up more details. And that comes before they remotely think about ponying up cash for something that might get cleared off the disk an hour after installation.
1) make a supported hardware list (fully supported, partly supported, somebody somehow got it to work etc)
2) make a hobbled time limited trial, where you aren’t asking for cash yet, that’s always available.
If people have to go assemble it from source code themselves, you’ve just sent over 90% of your visitors to the competition.
Myself, I’m an ardent Cakewalk user. But who knows how annoying Microsoft is going to get in the future, trying to be like Apple.