Open Source Ableton Live Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Ableton Live is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Ableton Live and 14 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Ableton Live are Ardour (Freemium, Open Source), Rosegarden (Free, Open Source), Qtractor (Free, Open Source) and FamiStudio (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 20, 2021

    1. LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.
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      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  16 days 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 2 years ago

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

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      sedeti It's nothing compared to ableton
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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      Ableton Live, is meant for live performance. LMMS is not.
      Negative comment 6 months 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 9 months ago

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      Although it's free, it's very limited.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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    2. 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Ardour is a great alternative to Ableton Live.
      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 6 months ago

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      The description did not mention you can make music on the program yourself.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    3. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
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    4. Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework.
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      Some users think Qtractor is a great alternative to Ableton Live, some don't.
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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.
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    5. LinuxSampler - free, open source pure software audio sampler with professional grade features.
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    6. A modular system composed of four main parts: Non Timeline, a non-destructive, non-linear audio recorder and arranger. Non Mixer, a live mixer with effects plugin hosting and advanced Ambisonics spatialization control.
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    7. 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!
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    8. CrossBrowdy is an open-source and free JavaScript framework that let developers create multimedia apps, game engines, games, emulators and so on.
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      Seq24 is a minimal loop based midi sequencer.
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