When comparing SADie 6 vs Ardour, the Slant community recommends Ardour for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Ardour is ranked 10th while SADie 6 is ranked 49th.
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Pro Good for multiple inputs
This DAW supports multitrack editing, which allows the recording of many inputs simultaneously.
Pro Customized iZotope bundle
iZotope is a very respected audio tech company that makes great plugins. SADie 6 is now bundled with a customized iZotope program that has 9 functions. Many of these functions are standard, but other are harder to find, such as pitch-shift, exciter, widener,and analogue delay.
Pro Clean linear interface
Pro Open source
Ardour is open source, so it can be downloaded and modified without restriction.
Pro Compatible with Linux, Windows 7/8.1/19 and OS X
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.
Con Windows only
SADie 6 is only compatible with Windows OS.
Con No MIDI functionality
SADie 6 is geared towards mastering and radio/TV production, so there is no MIDI input.
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 Not user friendly
Ardour is very difficult to install and use.
Con Missing compatibility
Ardour isn't compatible with Windows.