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Open Source Ableton Live Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Ableton Live is LMMS. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Ableton Live and 17 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Ableton Live are Ardour, Zrythm, FamiStudio and Bespoke Synth.

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.
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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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsLMMS support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ PortableLMMS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableLMMS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    Sandro_Linux

    LMMS is free (free as in freedom and free beer) and open source and overall really cool

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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.

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    It is good but does not even come close to the Abelton workflow.

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    sedeti

    It's nothing compared to ableton

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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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    Ardour

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    burnx50

    Ableton-style clip launcher is added to Ardour 7.

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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.

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    The description did not mention you can make music on the program yourself.

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

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZrythm can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsZrythm support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    FamiStudio

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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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIFamiStudio includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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  5. Bespoke is a software modular synthesizer. It contains a bunch of modules, which you can connect together to create sounds.

    ⚫︎ Virtual InstrumentBespoke Synth uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
    ⚫︎ Node BasedBespoke Synth supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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    Qtractor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework.

    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIQtractor includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsQtractor support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableRosegarden is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    LinuxSampler

    • FreeOpen Source
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    LinuxSampler - free, open source pure software audio sampler with professional grade features.

    ⚫︎ Support for MIDILinuxSampler includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Seq66

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Seq66 is a MIDI sequencer and live-looper with a hardware-sampler grid-pattern interface, MIDI automation for live performance, sets and playlists for song management, scale/chord-aware piano-roll interface, song editor for creative composition, and control via mouse...

    ⚫︎ Support for MIDISeq66 includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Seq24

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Seq24 is a minimal loop based midi sequencer. It was created to provide a very simple interface for editing and playing midi loops.

    ⚫︎ Support for MIDISeq24 includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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