When comparing Bitwig Studio vs Ardour, the Slant community recommends Bitwig Studio for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Bitwig Studio is ranked 5th while Ardour is ranked 11th.
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Pro Very intuitive/user-friendly
Pro Cross platform and highly compatible
The Bitwig DAW runs on Mac, PC, and, Linux. This DAW also has the distinction of being one of the only DAWs that can run 32 bit and 64 bit plugins at the same time.
Pro Supports multiple midi instruments on one track
Being able to add multiple midi instruments on the same track is a nice feature. It allows for much easier setup for VSTs like Cthulhu. It's also nice to be able to have multiple instruments setup that can be toggled.
Pro Supports expressive MIDI - MPE
Makes use of the Seaboard, Linnstrument, Continuum and other modern expressive controllers.
Pro Highly modular
Pro Compatible with Linux, Windows 7/8.1/10 and macOS
Ardour is cross-platform and works on Windows & macOS.
Pro Open source
Ardour is open source, so it can be downloaded and modified without restriction.
Pro Free version with minimal limitations
Unlike some other DAW's which often limit saving, exporting, or advanced features, Ardour permits you to try all the features for free, with the only limitation being ten minutes of project length maximum.
Pro Linux version has JACK support
On Linux, you can use JACK to freely route audio and MIDI to and from other software as hardware.
Pro Clean linear interface
Pro Multi-display support
Pro Excellent support community.
Pro Inline mixing console
You can view and edit plugins directly from the console's mixing channels.
Pro LADSPA plugins support
Pro LV2 plugins support
Pricey in comparison with other major DAWs.
Con Unreliable for professional production
Full of random bugs. Bad performance when using many tracks.
Con Very buggy
Con Very bad performance when working with several tracks
Con UI gets frozen, VSTs crash all the time
Very frustrating to work with.
Con MIDI Sync
The Bitwig DAW is still very new, and currently can only act as a MIDI sync master, but not a slave.
Con Too many plugins
It is hard to find good useful plugins. It looks like every developer's plugin has ended up in the list.
Con Not user friendly
Ardour is very difficult to install and use.
Con No support for VST plugins for OS X
Plugins can be used on OS X only if they are downloaded in AU format, which is supported.
Con No free build for Windows
Con No 'scenes'
Ardour doesn't have 'scenes' like Ableton does (would be very handy for live-preformances).