LONG VERSION: This if my first post on the Ardour forum! I wanted to apologize profusely in advance if there is already a similar thread out there on the forum. I DID search first, of course, but didn’t find anything that deals with this issue precisely. Of course, I am uniquely bad at getting along with search engines, so my finding nothing certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not there, or even that it’s not hiding in plain sight. If an admin finds a previous thread that deals with this, I am perfectly happy if they point me to it and delete this thread.
I have been podcasting since early 2017 (late 2016 is when I began production), and initially, I did all my production in GarageBand on macOS. But in February of 2020, Linux became my primary daily OS (Ubuntu Studio 19.04 [now 21.04] to be precise), and by April of 2020, I’d moved production of the podcast over to Linux as well with an Ardour-heavy mix of Ardour 5 [now Ardour 6] and Audacity.
The issue I’m writing about today is one that I’ve had from day one, but has merely been a nuisance, rather than a crisis, and so I’ve never pursued it until now. Ardour itself works fine. I can import, record, play back, edit, fade, level set, export, save, and everything else I need to do to produce my video game music podcasts, and I’m more than happy with the quality of the output and reasonably happy with the ease of use. However, my problem is that no matter how I configure the “Input Channels” or “Output Channels” on the “Audio/MIDI Setup” window (default is “all available channels”), Ardour “hogs” the audio on the computer, and mutes ALL OTHER audio sources on my computer outside of Ardour.
Again, this does not rise to the level of “crisis” for me because I can still do everything I need to do INSIDE of Ardour, and as soon as I close Ardour, all other audio sources are automatically unmuted again, with no other action required on my part to make it so. However, other than this being simply annoying, it also does create a minor hurdle in production as I can’t cross reference anything outside of Ardour without either inputting it into Ardour uneccesarily, or else closing Ardour to listen to it. So, again, not a “crisis”, but the level of “nuisance” does exceed “mere triviality”.
Is there any way to configure Ardour, or maybe perhaps, Jack to not have Ardour take everything else hostage while it’s running? Please advise. Again, I can continue to operate this way if I NEED to…but if I don’t HAVE to, I’d rather not.
I appreciate the help very much, everybody!