Before I say anything else I feel like I should give a huge thanks to the Ardour team for developing this great DAW as well as the regular forum members whose input have already helped me out a lot in learning my way around the software.
It’s been a blast so far, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Rock on, folks.
Anyway, that said, I have a small inconvenience I need to deal with every now and again.
(( System information is below, in case anything in there is relevant ))
The TL;DR is that Ardour (or perhaps it’s JACK? Claudia? etc?) will occasionally reconfigure the signal routing I’ve set for certain channels.
But for the sake of simplicity I think I’ll just lay out the scenario chronologically:
Here I am, nearly a year ago, bright-eyed and excited to start using Ardour.
I come up with a bunch of goofy or very simple names for new tracks, like “synth 1” or “bass” or “kick.” Pretty vanilla, nothing unusual yet.
–> Except I have no idea yet how signal routing in software works, etc etc, so I take random channels and connect the inputs/outputs everywhere, just to experiment. I think we’ve all done this at some point.
Fast forward a few months:
Again, TL;DR, I know a little more about production In-The-Box, and no longer wantonly connect ins and outs all over kingdom come. Except, I notice that random tracks like “synth 1,” “bass” and “kick” and the like are automatically reconnecting to sources and destinations every time I add a new track, bus, send, insert, anything.
–> Oh, side note: this is happening in every project. For example, if any kick in any one project has ever even touched output 4, I have to manually reconfigure it NOT to do so in the routing grid every time I add a new…anything, really.
I figure out that Ardour (or maybe some other bit of software? Is that possible?) is somehow storing all my signal connections, and defaulting back to it under the conditions I’ve specified.
–> I RTFM and ultimately find the preferences.
“Okay,” I think to myself, "just go to ‘edit > preferences,’ and then go to ‘editor > signal flow’ and set all connections to “manual.”
According to my preferences, track inputs and track/bus outputs are all set to manual.
It’s still happening.
Oh well, I’ll just delete and replace all the tracks and name them something that hasn’t been screwed up yet.
Fast forward to now:
It’s easy to make a wrong click every now and again, and I’ve now borked a few more tracks, and it’s just getting kind of irritating having to waste time with something so small. I ultimately shrugged and told myself it was time to figure out how to do it the right way.
So what’s going on here? How do I fix this? I’ve googled it and finnagled around on my own, but to no avail.
Kinda hate asking for help, but this is just obnoxious.
Some basic system info:
–> Running KXStudio, kernel version 3.13.0 (kxstudio prefers to lag behind a bit for stability), using Cadence as my JACK frontend, set to auto-start LADISH at login with a default studio, and I’m rocking Ardour 5.12.
Thanks for your time, guys. You’re the best.