Paul, thanks for taking the time to respond.
The reason I ask these questions is because I think they have a lot of relevance to developers who might consider contributing to Ardour, and to individuals who are considering supporting the project by donation. I count myself among both groups. Cooperation between Ardour and Harrison indicates an openness to business relationships as well; similar parties could also benefit from such information (presumably Harrison would have asked you where Ardour is going before moving ahead with Mixbus).
Mentioning these possibilities in no way pre-supposes that I think they
are either interesting to you, or some necessary part of Ardour. I’m
simply trying to get a sense of how open you are, and whether the direction of
Ardour is something I would like to invest my time and money in. Without a
roadmap, without a clear statement of objectives, that could only be
approximated by inference. Or I could just ask.
“Ardour targets the recording and creation of music and audio…” This
is a very broad statement of purpose. I was asking for specifics. Of
course it’s your choice as to whether or not you’d like to answer, and mine to
decide whether I’m willing to contribute to Ardour.
“performance matters more than modern pop production techniques…Users
are expected to be motivated toward excellence through actual work,
rather than sheen through shortcuts. They are also expected to feel
comfortable about knowing moderate amounts of audio engineering rather
than simply pushing buttons, and to believe that this is a skill that
requires practice and experience rather than just a better software tool.”
Excellence through actual hard work, not shortcuts - Got it, thanks.
Users should not feel comfortable simply pushing buttons - Ok.
We should believe that audio engineering skill requires practice - so true. It
took about a decade of practice for me. But I’m slow.
Anyway, I’m confused as to what you meant by including those statements here.
It sounds like a pre-emptive response to an accusation neither made nor
implied. Not sure what I said that made you think I’m new to Ardour or music
production, but if people have misunderstood what it is Ardour offers (and
does not offer), perhaps explicit description of the design motives, context,
and direction would be of some good use after all.
“We will publish a roadmap once we can copy the one put out by either
Digidesign, Apple or Steinberg.”
Paul, are you mocking my questions?
To Vtech: I don’t understand what relevance the activities of closed
proprietary systems and their development model has to do with Ardour, the
open source audio workstation. Are you implying that the bar (meaning assorted
policies) for open source development should be pegged to the policies of
proprietary vendors? (Sorry, I don’t know if it’s both of you being snide, or
just the guy asking for donations)