Open Source Cubase Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Cubase is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Cubase and 18 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Cubase are Ardour (Freemium, Open Source), Rosegarden (Free, Open Source), FamiStudio (Free, Open Source) and Qtractor (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 16, 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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      LMMS vs Cubase opinions
      Most users think LMMS is a great alternative to Cubase.
      I hope to increase support for audio o multitrack recording - IT's very light for my pC Compaq with 1 ghz CPU , i don' t have a great pc
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      It has a lot interesting functions.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      The UI is nowhere near Cubase. It's like comparing mattresses to game consoles. They might both be rectangular, but that's it.
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

      RCLeahcar No support for audio or multitrack recording
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Does not support harddisk recording - only midi or samples
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

    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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      Ardour vs Cubase opinions
      Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to Cubase.
      Opensource, available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, you can import PT projects, create your own model, and use it as a completed DAW for your computer. Enjoy !
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago


    3. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
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      Most users think Rosegarden is a great alternative to Cubase.
    4. 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. Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework.
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    6. Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface. - Compared to the normal sequencer interface editing is quicker and more musical data fits on the screen.
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    7. Bosca Ceoil is all about looping, and designed that way at its heart. Songs are built up from lots of tiny 16 note patterns – the intended workflow is that you loop over these single patterns until you have something you like, then you start making variations.
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    8. LinuxSampler - free, open source pure software audio sampler with professional grade features.
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    9. 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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    10. Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more.
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