When comparing EnergyXT vs Ardour, the Slant community recommends Ardour for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Ardour is ranked 10th while EnergyXT is ranked 46th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Very quick to start and to put together a track
Pro Low system requirements
This program requires only 512MB RAM and 1.4GHz processing speed.
Pro Multi-track recording
Audio can be recorded to multiple tracks at the same time.
Pro Very easy and efficient to use
Most tasks are very simple and straightforward.
Very clean and intuitive interface. You can do almost anything.
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 Vague purpose
EnergyXT is marketed as a DAW, ultra portable studio, DAW extension, and a VST. While the variety of uses is nice, it's hard to understand the best function of this program.
Con No auto-save
While there's no autosave, you can still try to recover your work if EnergyXT crashes from a file named temp_file_name.xt.
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 Missing compatibility
Ardour isn't compatible with Windows.