Ardor 7.0 Open-Source DAW released with clip launching and sequencing, loop libraries

The open-source, free, and cross-platform digital audio workstation (DAW) of Ardor 7.0 has been released today as a major release that brings exciting new features and other improvements.

Ardor 7.0 is here over a year after Ardor 6.9 and introduces important new features like launching clips (aka cues) to let you experiment with combinations of different loops and unique samples. This feature is similar to the workflow you’ll find in commercial software like Ableton Live.

Signals can be controlled in Ardor 7.0 using Ableton’s Push 2 surface. Support for Novation Launchpads and similar devices is planned for future releases. Along with launching Clips, the new version of Ardor also introduces Loop Libraries to access tons of additional audio and MIDI loops.

In addition to clip launching, Ardor 7.0 also introduces clip sequencing, a feature that allows you to sequence clips from the timeline. The developers describe this feature as a “linear” workflow for your timeline, which is possible thanks to a new “Cue Marker” ruler.

“A new ‘Cue Marker’ ruler lets you initiate cue scenes by hovering the playhead over them,” reads the announcement page. “Cue Markers can be recorded live on the timeline or placed manually from the editor ruler, and they also appear in the Cue and Mix page’s mini-timeline, so you can see the structure of your song everywhere, even the mixer window.”

Other new features in Ardor 7.0 include three new “ripple editing” modes, Ripple Selected, Ripple All and Interview, a completely new and totally different internal time representation that includes audio time and music time, Mixer Scene support to quickly store and restore all automatable parameters in the Mixer window, Stem exports for MIDI tracks, as well as Freesound project sample search support.

There are also many improvements to MIDI editing, I/O plugin support, FFmpeg 5.0 support, iCon Platform M+ controller support, iCon Platform X+ expansion support with iCon Platform M+, iCon QCon ProG2 controller support, MIDI maps for AKAI mpk225 and the Alesis Q49 V2 master keyboard, names of program for the Kurzweil PC3A series, and the Roland A-30 binder board to control Ardor’s Play/Stop.

The manual has been updated and greatly expanded with new sections, many changes and more screenshots to help you learn how to make music with Ardor 7.0, which you can download now from the official site.

Image credits: Ardor Project

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