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    Ableton Live Alternatives for Linux

    Ableton Live is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative 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 many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Ableton Live are Bitwig Studio (Paid), Ardour (Paid, Open Source), Reaper (Paid) and Caustic (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Mar 21, 2022
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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

      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

      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

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

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

      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

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

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    2. 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

      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

      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


    3. 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

      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

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

    4. 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

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


      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.

    6. 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.
      Waveform vs Ableton Live opinions
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      Intuitive UI, lots of features even in the free version.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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.
    7. Renoise is a contemporary digital audio workstation (DAW) based upon the heritage and development of tracker software. Its primary use is the composition of music using sound samples, soft synths, and effects plug-ins. It is also able to interface with MIDI equipment.
    8. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
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