(this announcement comes from John Emmas, developer of ArdourXchange)
Owners of Harrison's Mixbus can now obtain a very cheap copy of ArdourXchange if they act quickly. Throughout July 2010 AxC will be on sale for just $20 (US) - that's less than half its normal retail price.
For those of you who aren't familiar with ArdourXchange, you can find information about it (the info was written for Indamixx users but it's mostly relevant to Mixbus users too....) here: http://www.creativepost.co.uk If you decide to buy it, visit https://sites.fastspring.com/creativepost/instant/ardourxchange Here are some questions that people typically ask:-
What does AxC do?
ArdourXchange allows you to import sessions from 3rd-party audio and video workstations, such as Avid and Pro Tools.
What format are the sessions in?
The 3rd-party workstation must be able to export in AAF format (most of the good quality ones support AAF).
Is OMF supported?
Not at present but OMF could be added quite easily, if there's sufficient interest.
Is AxC open source?
Again, not yet - but a sponsored feature request aims to release it as open source eventually (http://tracker.ardour.org/view.php?id=2652). Please think about pledging some sponsorship if you'd like to see AxC released as open source.
I'm a Linux user. Can I use AxC with Ardour2?
AxC comes free with Indamixx. Also, if you contact 64studio, they'll soon have a new distro that supports it.
How many people are already using AxC?
Over 250 copies have been sold to date.
When will the special offer end?
The offer runs throughout July 2010.
Can AxC do sample rate conversion?
SRC is currently in development.
Does it preserve stereo material?
Stereo tracks are preserved as stereo. Stereo clips on mono tracks get imported as dual-mono.
Does AxC import pictures?
No, only the sound.
Can I try a demo version?
If you're a MIXBUS owner, you can obtain a time limited trial version here:- http://www.creativepost.co.uk/ardourXchange.zip The zip file contains a conventional OS-X app, which you can install, just like any other (i.e. by dragging it to your Applications folder).
Where can I obtain a small AAF file for testing?
There's a simple test file (just 1KHz tone) here:- http://www.avtoolkit.co.uk/100_BARS.aaf (Safari users might need to Option-click to begin a download).
How long will the trial version run for?
30 days - BUT... don't wait until your trial period ends. Remember that the discount price is only available until the end of July!!