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Free Ableton Live Alternatives

The best free alternative to Ableton Live is LMMS, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Ableton Live and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Ableton Live are Caustic, GarageBand, AudioTool and Waveform.

Ableton Live alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations or Audio Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ableton Live.
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  11 months ago
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    LMMS is free and has a lot of functions similar to ableton live functions, but they are a bit hard to use.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    It is good but does not even come close to the Abelton workflow.

    Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago
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    sedeti

    It's nothing compared to ableton

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

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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.

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    Although it's free, it's very limited.

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  2. Caustic

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    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.


  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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    EEZY to use and has a good UI

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  5. Waveform

    • FreemiumProprietary
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    Waveform is a commercial, cross-platform DAW. With a focus on design and composition, it offers tools to greatly simplify everything from initial inspiration to the final mix.

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    Intuitive UI, lots of features even in the free version.

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  6. Cakewalk, formerly SONAR, is a comprehensive audio software for music composition, audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

  7. Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and easy to use.

  8. FamiStudio

    • FreeOpen Source
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    FamiStudio is very simple music editor for the Nintendo Entertainment System or Famicom. It is designed to be easier to use than FamiTracker, but its feature set is also much more limited. It is targeted at both chiptune artists and NES homebrewers.

  9. Rosegarden

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.

  10. Bespoke is a software modular synthesizer. It contains a bunch of modules, which you can connect together to create sounds.

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