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Chapter 7. Ardour

7.1. Requirements and Installation
7.1.1. Knowledge Requirements
7.1.2. Software Requirements
7.1.3. Hardware Requirements
7.1.4. Installation
7.2. Recording a Session
7.2.1. Running Ardour
7.2.2. The Interface
7.2.3. Setting up the Timeline
7.2.4. Connecting Audio Sources to Ardour
7.2.5. Setting up the Busses and Tracks
7.2.6. Adjusting Recording Level (Volume)
7.2.7. Recording a Region
7.2.8. Recording More
7.2.9. Routing Audio and Managing JACK Connections
7.2.10. Importing Existing Audio
7.3. Files for the Tutorial
7.4. Editing a Song (Tutorial)
7.4.1. Add Tracks and Busses
7.4.2. Connect the Tracks and Busses
7.4.3. Add Regions to Tracks
7.4.4. Cut the Regions Down to Size
7.4.5. Compare Multiple Recordings of the Same Thing
7.4.6. Arrange Regions into the Right Places
7.4.7. Listen
7.5. Mixing a Song (Tutorial)
7.5.1. Setting the Session for Stereo Output and Disabling Edit Groups
7.5.2. Set Initial Levels
7.5.3. Set Initial Panning
7.5.4. Make Further Adjustments with an Automation Track
7.5.5. Other Things You Might Want to Do
7.5.6. Listen
7.6. Mastering a Session
7.6.1. Ways to Export Audio
7.6.2. Using the Export Window
Ardour is a feature-rich application designed for multi-track recording situations.

7.1. Requirements and Installation

7.1.1. Knowledge Requirements

The Ardour user interface is similar to other DAWs. We recommend that you read Section 6.4, “User Interface” if you have not used a DAW before.

7.1.2. Software Requirements

Ardour uses the JACK Audio Connection Kit. You should install JACK before installing Ardour. Follow the instructions in Section 2.3.1, “Installing and Configuring JACK to install JACK.

7.1.3. Hardware Requirements

You need an audio interface to use Ardour. If you will record audio with Ardour, you must have at least one microphone connected to your audio interface. You do not need a microphone to record audio signals from other JACK-aware programs like FluidSynth and SuperCollider.

7.1.4. Installation

Use PackageKit or KPackageKit to install the ardour package. Other required software is installed automatically.