Ardour 2.0.5 released

As we grow nearer to the dog days of the northern hemisphere’s summer, we bring you Ardour 2.0.5 (
DMG available), a fixup release coming after various issues were discovered on OS X while preparing a package of 2.0.4. Read more below for the changes in 2.0.5 (and 2.0.4 for those who missed it) …

Changes since 2.0.4

  • code builds on OS X and older Linux systems (side-effect: reduced memory utilization by automation data)
  • font sizes parametized (to allow easier maintainance of themes) on OSX & Linux
  • crash revealed by GTK+ 2.11 (unstable new version of GTK) fixed

Changes since 2.0.3

  • protect ardour from sessions with errant capture sources stored in the (pending) session state. This was a major bug that has affected many people over the last several releases. It is now fixed.
  • add Theme Manager, including new "light" theme
  • add delta-cursor option from trunk (allows clock to display the gap between the edit+playback cursors)
  • massively increase automation resolution
  • support for 16 bit native file format
  • stop audio clocks from vanishing when turned off
  • plugin selection dialog now has filtering by name, type, author and more
  • permit GUI user-driven add/remove of MIDI ports
  • fix for radio grouping of subframes menu options
  • fix crossfade editor-induced crashing
  • safeguard against false disk underruns when punching in
  • correctly save user-modified keybindings to ~/.ardour2/ardour.bindings
  • fixes for building against GTK-OSX (Ardour now builds and runs on OS X without X11 - this is a source code feature, the DMG for OSX will still use X11 for now)
  • lots and lots of work to the Mackie Control surface support (many small changes and incremental improvements)

Fixes and features this release from: Sampo Savolainen, Doug McLain, Ben Loftis, John Anderson, Jesse Chappell and your grunt, Paul Davis.