[LAD] interesting blog post about syncing blender and ardour

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Sep 22 14:16:13 UTC 2009

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:43 AM, Ralf Mardorf
<ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
> Paul Davis wrote:
>> i've been told by a company that specializes in timecode and shared
>> transport control systems that ardour has the fastest and most
>> accurate MTC sync of any DAW.
> I noticed too that MTC with Ardour is fine, while MTC for some MIDI
> equipment can be a PITA. Compliment :).
> I still wonder that you don't like SMPTE. MTC and SMPTE are related, there
> isn't a big difference.

MTC is a different encoding of the same data. SMPTE is an audio signal
that has be decoded to get time values; MTC is a MIDI event stream
that has be decoded to get time values. the underlying timeline and
the resolution of both of them are the same.

i don't like MTC either as a mechanism to share an audio timeline.
audio has a resolution of 1 sample. our world has been polluted by
film and video people who think that 1/30th of a second is accurate
enough. yeah, ok so they added 1/3000th later (subframes) but who uses

i have nothing against MTC or SMPTE for transport synchronization.

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