Will Ardour run on a Chromebook?

(A Ardour) #1

I’m considering moving on to different recording hardware (currently running an XLR mic into a Zoom).

Separately, I’ve also been thinking of getting a Rockchip Chromebook and installing Libreboot / Linux on it.

Since the Chromebook would be silent, I’m wondering if I could run an external audio interface into it and run Ardour on it.


(Seablade) #2

Probably possible. In fact I am sure I have heard of others doing it. Technically I am running it on a Chromebook, but being that it is the second gen pixel, probably not quite useful info for you:)



The Rockchip is an ARM processor, so the binaries provided on this website will not install properly on that Chromebook. However, it may be possible to build Ardour from source for that architecture. If it was me, I’d save myself the hassle and get a Chromebook with an Intel processor.

(Seablade) #4

I would tend to agree with the Intel chip requirement, some parts of Ardour utilize SSE to improve performance IIRC, not sure you will get compatibility with that on ARM, but not sure.


(Robin Gareus) #5

Modern ARM CPUs do have a a hard-floating point unit and a SSE equivalent called NEON. But Ardour does not have dedicated asm code for this, so it’s up to the compiler on non x86 platforms. In any case Ardour doesn’t do much DSP by itself, it concerns summing and level-metering mostly. It’s usually only plugins that require SIMD for heavy processing.

Anyway, if you only record (HDR) and don’t mix, not much DSP power is needed and ARM CPUs will be fine. Ardour does run just fine on a Raspberry Pi for example, but I would not recommend that for any serious studio work. YMMV.

(Keith Milner) #6

I have run Ardour on an Intel Chromebook under Crouton before.