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Open Source Cubase Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Cubase is LMMS. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Cubase and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Cubase are Ardour, Zrythm, Radium and FamiStudio.

Cubase 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 Cubase.
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Definitive desktop DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for professional mixing, mastering, music production and sound design.

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    LMMS

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    90 alternatives to LMMS 

    LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of...

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsLMMS support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    2.  PortableLMMS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with LMMS, by handling note and performance information.
    4.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    LMMS vs Cubase opinions
    Most users think LMMS is a great alternative to Cubase.
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    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

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    Guest

    It has a lot interesting functions.

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    The UI is nowhere near Cubase. It's like comparing mattresses to game consoles. They might both be rectangular, but that's it.

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    No support for audio or multitrack recording

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    Does not support harddisk recording - only midi or samples

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    Ardour

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    87 alternatives to Ardour 

    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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    1.  Non Destructive EditingArdour allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Ardour, by handling note and performance information.
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    Ardour with a custom theme
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    Ardour vs Cubase opinions
    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to Cubase.
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    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 !

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    Zrythm

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    87 alternatives to Zrythm 

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

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZrythm can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsZrythm support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Zrythm, by handling note and performance information.
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    Radium

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    71 alternatives to Radium 

    Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface.

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    1.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Radium, by handling note and performance information.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsRadium support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    FamiStudio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Wine
    29 alternatives to FamiStudio 

    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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    1.  Support for MIDIFamiStudio includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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      Rosegarden

      • Linux
      • BSD
      99 alternatives to Rosegarden 

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

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      Rosegarden vs Cubase opinions
      Most users think Rosegarden is a great alternative to Cubase.
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      Bespoke Synth

      • Mac
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      • Linux
      74 alternatives to Bespoke Synth 

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

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

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Adobe AIR
      66 alternatives to Bosca Ceoil 

      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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      1.  Support for MIDIBosca Ceoil includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
      2.  PortableBosca Ceoil can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      Easy to use music sequencer
      Instruments
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      Qtractor

      • Linux
      73 alternatives to Qtractor 

      Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is GNU/Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures for...

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      1.  Support for MIDIQtractor includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
      2.  Support for VST PluginsQtractor support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
      3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Qtractor, by handling note and performance information.
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    • LinuxSampler icon

      LinuxSampler

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      48 alternatives to LinuxSampler 

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

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