Ardour vs. Audacity?

William F. Dudley Jr. wfdudley at
Thu Jan 3 21:48:05 GMT 2008

I use timemachine live recording, any number of channels from 2 to 8.

It has only one control -- record on/off.  This makes it fool proof, which
is important to me when I'm recording a live show.  I found snd
too complicated, and Ardour waaay too complicated for live recording.
Perhaps I'm an idiot, but timemachine does all I need.

Then, later, I use Audacity to mix the multitrack recording I've created
with timemachine down to a stereo mix.

Bill Dudley

On 1/3/08, Darrin Goodman <darrin.goodman at> wrote:
> As a bluegrass musician, most all of the music that I am recording is
> acoustic.  Sometimes I might have a simple microphone plugged into the
> sound card on my laptop, and other times I might be using high quality
> condenser microphones which are powered by my mixer (the mixer would
> then feed to my sound card).
> My needs for audio recording are fairly simple and can be broken into
> two categories:  (1) I might be recording the band in a live setting
> and will use the mixer as my input, and will record a single track
> while playing live.  (2) I would also like to have the ability to
> record multiple tracks (private recording scenario, not a live
> performance).  For instance, if I am making music by myself, I would
> like to record the mandolin, then record the banjo, then record the
> guitar, vocals, etc..., and then be able to mix the tracks so that it
> sounds like a full band is playing.  At most, I would probably only
> have 6 or 7 tracks (bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, vocals).
> What I would like to know are these two things:
> - is Ardour really all that better (over Audacity) when it comes to
> this sort of multi-tracking, or is there another tool that I should
> look at?
> - is Ardour better for just recording a single live track with a full
> band (or would Audacity be a better tool for this use)?  So far, I've
> had good results with Audacity when recording a single live track, but
> have not had that great of results with trying to mix multiple tracks.
> I have looked at Rosegarden and some other tools, but it seems (and
> please correct me if I am wrong) that many of the other tools are for
> recording midi devices.  Jokosher also looks interesting as an audio
> recording tool, but I'm not sure if it's there yet.  Any thoughts?
> Thank you for your input.
> - Darrin
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