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  • Audacity icon

    Audacity

    Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.

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    LMMS

    LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis...

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    FL Studio

    FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops) is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer. The program is available in...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone

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    Adobe Audition

    Adobe Audition software delivers the professional tools you need to make your video and audio productions sound their best. Handle a wide range of audio production tasks efficiently, including recording, mixing, and sound restoration.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Ableton Live

    Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Reaper

    REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset. REAPER supports a vast range of hardware...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • AudioTool icon

    AudioTool

    Start making music today — right in your browser. We provide all the tools to get you started! * Create your own tracks with the Audiotool * Open and remix other peoples arrangements * Follow other users

    Free Web / Cloud

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    Cubase

    Cubase is a computer program for music production/recording. The program offers recording, producing and mixing of sounds in order to make music production for distribution on CDs or the internet. Cubase is a series of MIDI, music...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Reason icon

    Reason

    Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. And it's more than just a set of excellent synths and effects. It's a complete music system. Step into the age of...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Logic Pro icon

    Logic Pro

    Logic Pro lets you translate musical inspiration into professional productions. A range of powerful, easy-to-use features puts sophisticated tools at your fingertips, and complete surround support lets you make incredible, immersive...

    Commercial Mac

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    Soundation Studio

    Soundation Studio is the free online music making application that gives everyone the opportunity to make music on the internet. With instant access to music making tools like a loop library, virtual instruments, real time effects...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    Rosegarden

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment. Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers...

    Open Source Linux

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    Qtractor

    Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for...

    Open Source Linux

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    Radium

    Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface. - Compared to the normal sequencer interface editing is quicker and more musical data fits on the screen. - Compared to trackers, note positions and effects are edited...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Sony ACID Pro

    ACID Pro 7 software is a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and legendary ACID looping functionality for a seamless music-creation and post-production environment. More creative partner...

    Commercial Windows

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    WaveShop

    WaveShop is a free, open-source audio editor for Windows XP/Vista/7. WaveShop is fast, lightweight, and bit-perfect, meaning samples aren't altered unless they need to be. Editing a portion of an audio file only affects that...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    WavePad

    WavePad is a full featured professional audio editor for Windows and Mac. Create and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio files you can cut, copy, and paste parts of recordings and, if required, add effects...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Kindle Fire

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    Harrison Mixbus

    A full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) by Harrison with mixing that mimics the properties of an analogue mixer. Harrison consoles are world-renowned and they have put their expertise into improving and extending...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Open Octave icon

    Open Octave

    Open Octave Midi is a Linux based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) designed to give musicians the tools needed to make composing on a computer possible, and even fun! The project is focused on orchestral and film writing and recording.

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, oomidi-2012, can be still downloaded from Launchpad
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    Frinika

    Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more. The goal of Frinika is to be a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Studio One

    Artists of all levels, from beginner to seasoned professional, will find Studio One a serious alternative to the intimidating, bloated offerings currently considered the standards. It's a groundbreaking music creation and...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Luppp

    Luppp is a music creation tool, intended for live use. The focus is on real time processing and a fast, intuitive workflow. With extensive MIDI mapping support, you can get looping just how you like!

    Open Source Linux

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  • MixPad icon

    MixPad

    With MixPad multi-track recording and mixing software, you can access all the power of professional recording and mixing equipment through a single platform that streamlines the process and makes mixing a breeze. Create audio...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

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    Traverso DAW

    Traverso DAW is an audio recording and editing program which is very well suited to record a single voice, a band, an ensemble, a whole orchestra or any other source of music! Both the home and professional user will find Traverso...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued Last version, 0.49.3, was released on July 2014, but it is still downloadable from the official website
  • Soundtrap icon

    Soundtrap

    Its like garageband online. You can collaborate with other users and there are a more variety of loops.

    Free Web / Cloud

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  • Sony Cinescore icon

    Sony Cinescore

    Sony Cinescore is a professional soundtrack and digital music creation software. Automatically generate an unlimited number of musical compositions using royalty-free Theme Packs in a wide array of popular styles.

    Commercial Windows

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    • Discontinued End of development announced on homepage
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    AudioDope

    Audiodope is an audio editor. You can load and listen to music files of various formats such as wave, MP3, wma etc. You can also edit part or the whole stream.

    Free Windows

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  • energyXT icon

    energyXT

    Create music now With energyXT you will be creating tracks faster than with any other music application out there. Launch energyXT and you are ready to make tracks in a split second * No need to enter a project name or...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux iPhone iPad

Ardour Comments

Not Freemium

Positive Comment by Roby718
about Ardour 10 days ago

Author is just charging money for builds.

There's a link to the source code on the same page as the purchase link, it's not hard to compile.

And if you use Linux, it's in nearly every distro's official repo.

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Donationware?

Comment by mihaelkyeah
about Ardour Dec 2016

The free version doesn't have full functionality as it goes silent every 10 minutes.
Would donationware be a valid new category for licence type?
(If it isn't already.)

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Will never run on Windows

Comment by endolith
about Ardour Dec 2013

There's no reason why it can't run on Windows, except that the author ideologically refuses to support anything Microsoft. He then complains constantly about lack of funding, which is basically his own fault for refusing to support 80% of the market. I'm not sure why I donated money to this project; I never actually used it.

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Out of any of the DAWs I like this one the most, since I ca ...

Comment by Aaron
about Ardour Jun 2011

Out of any of the DAWs I like this one the most, since I can run it on Ubuntu. I am still trying to get good at using it, but it has more than most programs. It has a lot of effects, and just many things that you can do in it. I really like it.

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