I’ve just installed Ardour on OSX hoping it’ll let me mix 30-channel soundfiles. Started a basic test with a 12-channel file but dont seem to find any way to bypass the routing of 12 channels to stereo. Nor can I export anything other than a stereo file.
Also I see that although I have 12 meters within the 12-channel track, their levels do not correspond with the actual contents of the soundfile. It appears as if the 12 channels are being panned incrementally left-right (as shown by the orange dots which indicate panning on simpler track formats.)
Also the export file, region and session options are only stereo.
Surely there is some preferences option I’ve missed?
Thanks! Bypassing the panner is what I missed (using a Mac with single mouse button…) Now I get direct routing and can record the multi-channel mixdown back into a multi-channel track to get round the multi-channel export issue.
But there is one more thing that appears obvious: the volume ‘rubber bands’ visually vanish after the soundfile has been moved, even though the volume automation is still working (the break points themselves remain). All is fine on mono and stereo files - problem only occurs on multi-channel files. Maybe there is another menu item I’ve missed?