Ardour – Record, edit and mix on Linux, OS X and Windows.

Ardour’s core user group: people who want to record, edit, mix and master audio and MIDI projects. When you need complete control over your tools, when the limitations of other designs get in the way, when you plan to spend hours or days working on a session, Ardour is there to make things work the way you want them to.


Computer Any 32 or 64 bit Intel-compatible computer (non-Intel hardware can be used if you build Ardour yourself or have someone else build it for you). CPU speed limits the amount of signal processing you can do.
Operating System Any version of Linux with a kernel newer than 2.3 and libc version 2.25 or newer. This applies to almost any Linux distribution released in 2009 or later.
RAM 2GB is recommended, more is always better
Disk Space Minimum 350MB of free space on /opt to install Ardour. You will want lots more disk space for recording. This need not be on a separate disk but performance will be improved if it is.


USB Devices

Most USB Audio Class 1 or 2 compliant devices (i.e. it comes without its own custom drivers for Windows or OS X) will work. We recommend the following, although many others will work perfectly:

  • Presonus 1818VSL (USB2)
  • Sound Devices USB Pre 2 (in USB 1 mode)
  • Edirol/Roland/Cakewalk UA-25 and UA-25 E

For as little as a 1$ you can download Ardour from here