Ardour Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Ardour

Ch. 1:  Welcome to Ardour

About Ardour's documentation
Ardour Overview
Why is it called Ardour?
Why Write a DAW for Linux?
Isn't This a Really Complicated Program?
Creating Music with Ardour
Additional Resources

Ch. 2:  Ardour Basics

Starting Ardour
Understanding Basic Concepts and Terminology
Using the Mouse
Basic GUI Operations

Ch. 3:  Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Default Keyboard Bindings
Mnemonic Bindings for Linux
Mnemonic Bindings for OS X

Part II: Ardour Configuration

Ch. 4:  Ardour Systems

The Right Computer System for Digital Audio
The Right Mouse

Ch. 5:  System Specific Setup

Ubuntu Linux
Microsoft Windows
KDE Plasma 5

Ch. 6:  I/O Setup

Connecting Audio and MIDI Devices
Using More Than One Audio Device

Ch. 7:  Global Preferences

Global Misc Tab
Transport Tab
Editor Tab
Audio Tab
Solo/Mute Tab
User Interaction Tab
Control Surfaces Tab
Video Tab
Plugins Tab
Metering Tab
Theme Tab

Ch. 8:  Session Properties

Timecode Tab
Sync Tab
Fades Tab
Media Tab
Locations Tab
Filenames Tab
Monitoring Tab
Meterbridge Tab
Session Misc Tab

Ch. 9:  Configuring MIDI

MIDI on Linux

Part III: Ardour's Interface

Ch. 10:  About Ardour's Interface

Ch. 11:  Main Menu

The Session Menu
The Transport Menu
The Edit Menu
The Region Menu
The Track Menu
The View Menu
The Window Menu
The Help Menu

Ch. 12:  Status Bar

Ch. 13:  Transport Bar

Ch. 14:  Transport Clocks

Ch. 15:  Selection and Punch Clocks

Ch. 16:  Mini-Timeline

Ch. 17:  Other Toolbar Items

Ch. 18:  Toolbox

Ch. 19:  Controls

Zoom Controls
Grid Controls
Edit Point Control
Nudge Controls

Ch. 20:  Ruler

Ch. 21:  Summary

Ch. 22:  Editor Lists

The Region List
The Tracks and Busses List
The Snapshot List
The Track and Bus Group List
The Ranges and Marks Lists

Ch. 23:  Favorite Plugins Window

Ch. 24:  Strips list

Ch. 25:  Groups list

Ch. 26:  Mixer Strips

Audio/MIDI Mixer Strips
Audio/MIDI Busses Mixer Strips
VCA Mixer Strips
Master Bus Strip

Ch. 27:  Monitor Section

Part IV: Sessions & Tracks

Ch. 28:  Sessions

What's in a Session?
Where Are Sessions Stored?
New/Open Session Dialog
Renaming a Session
Session Metadata
Backup and Sharing of Sessions

Ch. 29:  Tracks

Track Types
Adding Tracks, Busses and VCAs
Selecting Tracks
Controlling Track Ordering
Track Context Menu

Ch. 30:  Track Controls

Bus Controls
Audio Track Controls
MIDI Track Controls

Ch. 31:  Controlling Track Appearance

Layering Display
Track Color
Track Height
Waveform display

Ch. 32:  Track and Bus Groups

Ch. 33:  Importing and Exporting Session Data

Import Dialog
Supported File Formats
Adding Pre-existing Material
Copying Versus Linking
Searching for Files Using Tags
Stem Exports

Ch. 34:  File and Session Management and Compatibility

Session Templates
Cleaning Up Sessions
Interchange with other DAWs
Copying The Interchange Folder
Using AATranslator

Part V: Playback & Recording

Ch. 35:  Playing Back Track Material

Controlling Playback
Using Key Bindings

Ch. 36:  Record Setup

Track Recording Modes

Ch. 37:  Audio Recording

Latency Considerations
Monitor Signal Flow
Monitor Setup in Ardour

Ch. 38:  MIDI Recording

Ch. 39:  Punch Recording Modes

Working With Markers
Creating Location Markers
Creating Range Markers
Moving Markers
The Loop Range
Marker Context Menu
Punch Range

Part VI: Editing

Ch. 40:  Editing Basics

Working With Regions
Region Naming
Corresponding Regions Selection
Region Context Menu
Common Region Edit Operations
Copy Regions
Move Regions
Move Regions With the Mouse
Align (Spot) Regions

Ch. 41:  Edit Mode and Tools

Editing Clocks
Which Regions Are Affected?

Ch. 42:  Making Selections

Select Regions

Ch. 43:  Editing Regions and Selections

Trimming Regions
Push/Pull Trimming
Separate Under
Strip Silence from Audio Regions

Ch. 44:  Fades and Crossfades

Ch. 45:  Gain Envelopes

Ch. 46:  Playlists

Understanding Playlists
Playlist Operations
Playlist Usecases

Ch. 47:  Rhythm Ferret


Ch. 48:  MIDI Editing

Fundamental Concepts
Create MIDI Tracks
Create MIDI Regions
Add New Notes
Change Note Properties
Handling Overlapping Notes
Note Cut, Copy and Paste
Note Selection
Quantize MIDI
Step Entry
Patch Change
Independent and Dependent MIDI Region Copies
Transposing MIDI
Automating MIDI--Pitch bending and aftertouch
Transforming MIDI--Mathematical operations
MIDI List Editor

Ch. 49:  MIDI Editors

MIDI Scene Automation

Ch. 50:  Score Editor

Part VIII: Arranging

Ch. 51:  Time, Tempo and Meter

Tempo and Meter
Techniques for Working with Tempo and Meter

Ch. 52:  Memory Locations

Ch. 53:  Arranging Regions

Ch. 54:  Region Loops and Groups

Part IX: Mixing

Ch. 55:  Basic Mixing

Metering in Ardour
Signal Routing
Aux Sends
Comparing Aux Sends and Subgroups
External Sends
Track/Bus Signal Flow
Muting and Soloing
Mono Panner
Balance Control
Stereo Panner

Ch. 56:  Plugin and Hardware Inserts

Working With Plugins
Processor Box
Plugin Manager
Favorite Plugins Window
Managing Plugin Presets
Working with Ardour-built Plugin Editors
Plugins Bundled With Ardour
Getting More Plugins
Using Windows VST Plugins on Linux

Ch. 57:  Automation

Automation Nomenclature
Automation Modes
Automation Lanes
Automation Curves
Controlling a Track with Automation

Ch. 58:  Mixdown

Export Dialog
Export Format Profiles

Part X: Surround

Ch. 59:  Ardour Setup for Surround

Ch. 60:  Multichannel Tracks and Signal Routing

Ch. 61:  Surround Panning and Mixing

VBAP Panner

Part XI: Sync & Video

Ch. 62:  Working with Synchronization

On Clock and Time
Latency and Latency-Compensation
Timecode Generators and Slaves
Overview of all Timecode related settings

Ch. 63:  Working with Field Recorders in Ardour

Ch. 64:  Working with Video in Ardour

Video Timeline and Monitoring
Video Timeline Setup
Transcoding, Formats & Codecs
Workflow & Operations

Part XII: Control Surfaces

Ch. 65:  Controlling Ardour with OSC

OSC: Controlling Ardour with OSC
OSC: Using the Setup Dialog
OSC: Querying Ardour
OSC: Feedback
OSC: Feedback and Strip-types Values
OSC: Personal Monitoring Control
OSC: Parameter Types
OSC: Selection and Expansion Considerations
OSC control for Ardour 4.7 and Prior

Ch. 66:  Controlling Ardour with Mackie Control Devices

Devices Using Mackie/Logic Control Protocol
SSL Nucleus
Behringer Devices in Mackie/Logic Control Mode
What to do if your Device is not Listed
Working With Extenders

Ch. 67:  Generic MIDI

Generic MIDI Binding Maps
Generic MIDI Learn
Generic MIDI and Encoders

Ch. 68:  Using the Presonus Faderport

Ch. 69:  Using the Ableton Push 2

Part XIII: Scripting

Ch. 70:  Lua Scripting

Ch. 71:  Lua Bindings Class Reference

Part XIV: Appendix

Ch. 72:  List of Menu Actions

Ch. 73:  Ardour Monitor Modes

Ch. 74:  Files and Directories Ardour Knows About

Ch. 75:  MIDI notes reference