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    Ableton Live Alternatives

    Ableton Live is described as 'Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage' and is a very popular Music Production App in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Ableton Live for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ableton Live are FL Studio (Paid), Bitwig Studio (Paid), Ardour (Paid, Open Source) and Reaper (Paid).

    This page was last updated Mar 21, 2022
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    Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage.
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    1. LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.
      LMMS vs Ableton Live opinions
      Some users think LMMS is a great alternative to Ableton Live, some don't.
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      Sandro_Linux LMMS is free (free as in freedom and free beer) and open source and overall really cool
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

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      If you are just getting into the scene and are on a budget, its pretty darn decent especially for being free and open source.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      LMMS is a standard DAW like FL or GarageBand. Doesn't have the live performance workflow of Live
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      sedeti It's nothing compared to ableton
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      Ableton Live, is meant for live performance. LMMS is not.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      LMMS is a Fruit Loops alternative (predecessor to FL Studio) and definitely not up to Bitwig in terms of functionalities or interface.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Although it's free, it's very limited.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    2. FL Studio (originally known as FruityLoops) is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) offering a complete range of professional tools for everything from audio editing and beat creation to advanced arrangement, composition, mixing and mastering.
      FL Studio vs Ableton Live opinions
      Most users think FL Studio is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
      I have been using Ableton and Fl for a long time on PC and Mac's. With Android tablets being limited in power and functionality I would best advice Fl Moble. Its the most powerful and well functioning DAW on mobile devices so far.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      chipthrasher It is also non-linear, has a very similar loop sequencing tool.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      Ease of use - wide range of VST and native instruments and effects. Been around a long time but constantly updating. Has a 'live' mode and traditional DAW operation.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    3. Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.
      Bitwig Studio vs Ableton Live opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Bitwig Studio is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
      It is the only DAW I know that has a similar workflow
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Very similar functionality + similar workflow. Easy recovery from rare crashes, and plugin sandboxing means fewer crashes in comparison to Ableton Live
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      Ugotsta The closest match to Ableton's clip-based workflow, Bitwig Studio is equally viable as a DJ and live performance tool as well as a typical DAW for composing original music. Unlike most DAWs, Bitwig directly supports Linux. It's also built from a modular core and now has a modular synth and effect tool for creating any imaginable sound from scratch.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    4. Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It runs on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Ardour's intention is to provide digital audio workstation software suitable for professional use.
      Ardour vs Ableton Live opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Ardour is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
      burnx50 Ableton-style clip launcher is added to Ardour 7.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      Ardour is good if you primary deal with audio. It is not very good for midi. You can work around making midi work for you. It has a lot of functionality, but what makes Ableton great is the clip launche. Ardour can't replace Ableton at this point.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      The description did not mention you can make music on the program yourself.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    5. REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.
      Reaper vs Ableton Live opinions
      Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
      Reaper is really good if you like the traditional timeline. I personally love Ableton Live because of the clip launcher. In ableton you easily create a clip, and it loops for ever. It is really good for songwriting. I own Reaper, but have not been able to replace Reaper with Ableton. The UI in reaper is a little outdated as well. But I will admit, if you learn Reaper, it is a top notch program.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    6. 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 music.
    7. Caustic is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizers / samplers rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 3.2.0, released in February 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      Almost everyone thinks Caustic is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
    8. Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star.
      Some users think GarageBand is a great alternative to Ableton Live, some don't.
    9. Make music online with a powerful set of tools ranging from synthesizers and samplers to mixers, delays, reverb and much more. AudioTool is an advanced, collaborative DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) built for the browser.
      AudioTool vs Ableton Live opinions
      Most users think AudioTool is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
      Really great interface for starting out, very much capable in the basics, but the actual effects and imputing your own samples isn't too great.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      EEZY to use and has a good UI
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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