Basic mixing in Ardour 3


In this video series, LMP invites you to mix an entire track together with us. The stems for the track used in this tutorial can be downloaded below. We'll start with importing the stems into Ardour and editing the song material. Next we will arrange the song before doing a basic balanced mix. Finally, we'll throw on some basic mastering effects, and do a few final touches.

Download the stems used in this tutorial series from this link.

This series is aimed primarily at beginners. If there are any terms used that you do not understand, you can search for them in our Jargon Buster, which can be found on the right side of each page. The Jargon Buster will simplify any technical terms that are used in our tutorials, and elsewhere on LMP.

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

In this first video we'll go through what you need in order to follow the video series, as well as what you can and can't expect out of the material. You're strongly encouraged to watch this first!


Part 2 - Importing files, arranging tracks and overviewing the session

In this part, we'll teach you to import files into Ardour 3, arrange tracks, and overview the session as a whole.


Part 3 - Using the grid, setting tempo, duplicating and moving regions

This part will teach you to use Ardour 3's built in grid functionality, edit the tempo of your session, and a bunch of things related to working with regions in Ardour 3.


Part 4 - Planning the mix, setting up FX buses for mixing

Here, we'll plan our mix, and set up some basic FX-buses for later use.


Part 5 - Basic mix, grouping tracks, applying FX

In this part, we'll do the actual basic mixing in Ardour 3. We'll work with grouping tracks, applying some light effects, and adjust the levels of the tracks comfortably.


Part 6 - Finishing touches

The final video brings some final touches to our mix, including some more advanced concepts, like using different types of meters to check your mix in Ardour 3.



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


really nice tutorials ! when you add same sends or FX to tracks, you can achieve it quickly in the mixer window, with drag & drop they. Thanks again :)

Hello Great job !!! Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I have a question about which Linux distribution you are using, theme because the desktop is clearly arranged ? Greetings

The distribution is KXStudio using the openbox window manager. The panel in use is tint2. Conky is also visible on the desktop.

KXStudio uses KDE. At least the latest ISO I got a few days ago...

KXStudio does come with KDE by default. The system in the video however is KXStudio with KDE replaced with Openbox.

Hello, I have one question: at the minute 9.30 you create the aux send and add a reverb, delay and a wide. Are this effects in the bus tracks thet you have created for the drums or are they in some other place in ardour?

Yes, you are correct. The effects are on the buses themselves. The aux sends are used to send a dry signal to your bus, where the effect is. This allows you to blend the dry signal from your track with an effected signal on the bus. The slider on the aux send allows you to choose how much of the signal you want the bus to receive, in other words, how much reverb you want if you are sending your track to a reverb bus.

Hello, Thanks for the tut. The zip file I dowloaded seems to be missing some of the stems you have. Notably the guitar melody tracks. Is that intentional? I was just going to going on without them but your tutorial describes panning them so I thought it worth mentioning.

Thanks for pointing this out. We will look into getting this sorted out.

This issue has been fixed. You will now find all the files used in the video in the download link. Thanks