Your age: 29
How long you’ve been using ardour: have toyed with Ardour since 2003, did my first full length album in 2005, and have been using Ardour exclusively since 2008.
What do you use it for? (tracking, mixing, mastering, audio fx, audio for films etc): Tracking, Mixing, Mastering, Live Mixing, Editing (my favorite editor EVER), Audio for films, and development for my home-made distribution: Dream Studio (dream.dickmacinnis.com)
What type of music do you do with ardour?: Rock, Country, Hip-Hop, Ambient, Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues…whatever I or the customer feels like doing that day.
What other programs do you use aswell in your linux audio-setup?: Hydrogen, Qtractor, SooperLooper, Zynaddsubfx, Bristol, Jamin, linuxdsp jack plugins, Meterbridge, ac3jack, NetJACK, Mixxx, TerminatorX, Rbd2midi, LiveMix, etc., etc., etc.
What’s your favourite plugins (lets say compressor, eq, delay, reverb and misc) and do you use them internally in ardour or externally using jackrack etc?: SC4 compressor, C* 7 band graphic EQ, autotalent, vocproc - I use all these internally (and whatever tickles my fancy as far as reverbs, delays, chorus, phaser, etc.), and I use linuxdsp jack plugins with Jamin for mastering externally. And although I don’t own a lot of outboard gear, I use anything I can get my hands on in that regard (friends, rentals, clients, etc.). Nothing beats running a direct recorded guitar track through every amp/speaker combo available and picking the best ones for the final mix.
What’s the greatest strength in your setup?: JACK. I can route absolutely anywhere, including to other machines on my network(like my ibook for AU plugins or NI synths, or a separate room for monitoring; all without the need to run extra cables), and I can record from any audio source with or without a microphone. JACK is like rewire on steroids with a laser beam mounted on its forehead.
What’s the biggest weakness in your setup?: None of my machines have more than one core, so I’m constantly using the aforementioned routing capabilities creatively to keep things running smoothly (Synths on one machine ->Ardour on tracking machine->Mastering in control room machine), but I’ll say it again: JACK rules. Without it, half the stuff I do would be impossible, and the other half would take 10 times as long while I wait for things to print.