It’s not well-illustrated in this pic, but the drop-down for JACK only gives me the option to use JACK. I’m not sure I want to go through with setting up JACK – It’s not completely necessary to me now.
If jackd is running does Ardour still give you the option to choose the ALSA backend?
If this is running on Fedora then the backends are packaged separately, for ALSA you need to install package ardour5-audiobackend-alsa
This is on the latest Fedora 31:
$ rpm -qa | grep ardour
I have had the packages installed so long I don’t know if the ardour5 package will force pulling in all backend packages or not.
Looks like the ardour5 package will accept any backend package as filling the dependency:
Well this was the case. I had to install the backend. Annoying bc I wasn’t sure how to get Ardour running otb. I struggled with this before, but didn’t try to do anything about it till I actually needed to get work done.