Ardour 2.2 released

Ardour version 2.2 has been released, filled with several significant new features and lots of helpful bugfixes. The editing model has been significantly improved for much faster workflow, and Ardour now uses the Rubber Band library for timestretching (and offers pitchshifting as well).

OS X Native Version

Please read this for information about the status of our OS X native (X11-free) version.

Important note for upgrading from 2.1 or earlier

Please note that for several of the new features and fixes listed below, it is necessary to remove or update the following files if you have them in your ~/.ardour2 directory:

  • ardour2_ui.rc
  • ardour.bindings
  • ardour2_ui.conf

We have still not come up with an easy way to “upgrade” per-user files when we change key bindings, the menu structures and add/remove various UI color codes.

New Features

  • new editing model includes removal of edit cursor, addition of "edit point" & "edit range" concepts (more details)
  • new meter colors
  • level meters added to editor tracks
  • new keybinding editor (mostly for OS X native, where menu-driven keybindings are not available, but useful with X11 too)
  • use Rubber Band for timestretch instead of SoundTouch
  • Rubber Band-based pitch shifting
  • ability to lock markers/locations
  • duplicate now operates without a "count" dialog by default (count dialog still available via Alt-d)
  • splice mode is now something closer to ProTools shuffle mode
  • Simplified the CD toc/cue creation process by allowing regular cd location markers (not only range markers) to indicate CD track boundaries. The previous functionality of markers serving as track indexes within ranges is unaffected.
  • added cd marker ruler, which displays and allows quick addition of cd track markers/ranges when visible, otherwise the cd markers are shown in the normal mark/range rulers.
  • new focus-on-primary clock command
  • new 1-touch/click recording command
  • new zoom-to-region command
  • new toggle-zoom command
  • play-selected-regions now plays in-place
  • scroll left&right now work
  • alt-scroll up/down simulates scroll left/right for users with pointing devices that lack this
  • possible to link region&track selection, or not
  • per-keyboard layout bindings files are now possible (e.g. ANSI, German, UK etc)
  • new play-at-edit-point-and-return command
  • new goto-marker-N commands
  • new session dialog only appears when necessary
  • tempo handling now allows specifying the note used as the beat type so that 80bpm doesn't have to mean just one thing
  • shift-click now extends region selection vertically across tracks
  • scroll events on rulers now zoom the track display
  • add -d/--disable-plugins startup flag to disable all plugins and allow reloading broken sessions


  • add scons uninstall target
  • don't read data from disk associated with 100% obscured regions
  • prevent plugins from appearing twice on the automation submenu
  • make "Hide all automation" work again
  • fix crash when tracks/busses have more outputs than the control out bus
  • make region selection obey edit groups
  • fix crash caused by invalidated crossfade
  • new ancestral data for length + position stored for regions
  • correct peak file generation for imported files
  • new mouse zoom focus
  • mouse scrubbing becomes mouse shuttle control
  • improve dragging of region gain line
  • prevent CD marker from being set at frame zero
  • stop import dialog from trying to play files that are not soundfiles
  • fix crash caused by deleting markers
  • edit point clock will move the selected marker
  • move location bar to bottom row of rulers
  • sync point indicators extend across entire region height
  • fix crash caused by crash removal
  • fix memory leaks in audiofile
  • don't put NDF/DF in clocks if there is no DF/NDF alternative
  • make deselect-all and invert-selection operations work properly
  • deep, deep fix for what do if we can't run process() because of work in other threads; may stop crashes in TAP Echo and other plugins, not to mention other nonsense
  • fix waveview display on the crossfade editor
  • make rec-enable MIDI bindable again
  • numerous fixes and small improvements to Mackie Control support
  • prevent export from starting up when disconnected from JACK
  • import dialog on OS X native version includes shortcuts to the Garageband loops and sampler files
  • fix crash caused by diskstreams having more channels than their track's port count
  • report duplicate port errors during session loading more usefully
  • do not do disk i/o from inactive tracks
  • new german translation
  • updated swedish translation
  • dozens of other smaller bugs, buglets and annoyances fixed

Time to see if TAP Stereo Echo no longer crashes the world when “Stop plugins with transport” is enabled… that would rock.
And even if still does, I love you guys. Thanks again :slight_smile:

The rubber-band stuff is a massive improvement over the old mechanism, big thank you to everybody involved with that - Ardour is officially a mean beat-matching machine, at last. I’m sure I’ll love the improved keyboard usability stuff, too, once I figure it out. Each release seems to have more “wow” factor than the last one lately… how long can this go on?!!


merci à toute l’équipe pour cette nouvelle version, qui comme à chaque fois ne manque pas d’impressionner !
L’intégration de Rubber Band est une grande avancée pour le logiciel !
J’attends avec impatience l’implantation du séquenceur MIDI !

Continuez ainsi, c’est avec plaisir que j’exhiberai mon T-Shirt Ardour, tout en étant fier d’utiliser ce logiciel !

PS : il faudrait mettre les captures d’écran à jour sur l’index !

Looks great.
But I strongly recommend -VST users to keep version 2.1, since V2.2 seems to be unable to open existing sessions including VST plugins correctly (doesn’t find the plugins anymore).

Editing features seem to have improved greatly, yes!


looks great, but the os x version has problems with gain, as in if you launch any sort of gain, the program crashes. I know this has been told of before, just telling the os x downloaders out there what there in for, and to possibly wait for 2.3

I’m running a resolution of 1280x1024 and the fonts look awesome in my opinion. I like it better than the old, smaller fonts. Thanks to all the developers, Ardour inspires me to write music. I am subscribing right now!

Jone Online-PR

The new version of ardour looks cool. It keeps improving during each version upgrades. I greatly thank all the developer for it.

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Looks great. I am going to upgrade to the new version. I will give a feedback later on.

Super Mario

I love this application.

The feature is great, thanks to the developer.

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Hello! Keep up the good work. Looks good. I used it the first time.

Hi Paul, nice job, thanks a lot. I am using Ardour for the first time in one of our web design projects.

Awesome, I have been looking forward to this!

Mario Games