Recording audio and using MIDI in Ardour 3


This video series features a basic overview of recording and editing audio, plus basic recording and editing of MIDI, using Ardour 3. We start by setting up Ardour and creating a new session. After that, we add MIDI tracks, connect our MIDI keyboard, record, and edit MIDI.

Next we add a few audio tracks and record some short segments of guitar. Finally, we do some basic editing of that recording, and some basic arrangements.

This video uses the following gear and software:

  • Ardour 3
  • A MIDI keyboard connected via USB
  • A guitar connected via the sound card/audio interface
  • The MDA ePiano LV2 electric piano instrument plugin

You're welcome to ask any questions you might have in the comments section below. We welcome all questions, no matter how basic they may seem. You may not be the only person wondering the same things so, ask away!

Part 1 - Introduction and setting up a new session in Ardour 3

We start by introducing what this series will cover, and setting up a new session in Ardour 3.


Part 2 - Setting up MIDI track and adding an instrument

In this part, we set up a new MIDI track, go through what the various buttons in the channel strip are and what they do, and finally add an LV2 instrument to the MIDI track.

Part 3 - Basic MIDI editing

We do some basic MIDI editing, including exposing and using the piano roll, drawing notes, manipulating single notes, and duplicating + working with MIDI regions.


Part 4 - Recording MIDI, quantizing, transposing + more

In this part we record MIDI, and do various edit operations on it, like quantizing it to tempo, transposing it, and more.


Part 5 - Recording and editing audio

In the final part, we record audio (our guitar), and do some basic editing operations on it.



Thanks for watching! As previously stated, you're welcome to ask any questions you might have either below in the comments section, or in the YouTube comments. Thanks again!

Written by Gabriel Nordeborn


Thanks, very interesting video!

Gabriel has done a great video to communicate basic Ardour 3 music editing. Thanks Gabriel.

Great tutorial, thanks a lot !

I just saw this tutorial and I have appreciated very, very much. Though, being a complete newbie, I have a problem: I'm stuck and cannot pick one single note from my damn soundboard. I've also wrote around on the net but it seems not easy to get a help for my own situation. Anyways. I'm on Linux 12.04 and I have a Fast Track Pro connected to my laptop. I've tried all kind of connections through QJackCtl and Ardour 5.1.0 but I cannot get any sound. I made an Audio track in Ardour but remains mute. Even though I'm reading around and checking on internet, I cannot find a solution. So I'm writing here to see if I might get any help. Thank you.