Ardour groups your work in Sessions. What is a session? A Session is a group of Tracks which eventually may be mixed down into a single Mono, Stereo or multi-channel sound file. Sessions are essentially projects; all your data is saved in a single Session folder.
When you start Ardour, you are asked if you want to start a new Session or open an existing one. When creating a new Session you must choose a name for it. You also need to tell Ardour where you would like the Session folder to be stored. When you are ready, click 'New'. Ardour will create the new Session and then open it.
The Sample Rate (the number of audio samples recorded in one second) of the new Session will be the Sample Rate at which JACK is currently running. Ardour only allows you to open a Session created at the current JACK Sample Rate. For example, a Session created when JACK was running at 96 kHz will not open if JACK is currently running at 48 kHz.
If you click Advanced Options, you will have finer control over the following options:
To create an Ardour session after Ardour has already started, select Session > New in the menu.
Once you've started a Session, you will most likely want to learn about Setting Up the Timeline to match the kind of musical meter or other timeframe which you will use. Please continue to the next chapter.
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