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Open Source GarageBand Alternatives

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

GarageBand 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 GarageBand.
This page was last updated Jun 17, 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 GarageBand opinions
    Some users think LMMS is a great alternative to GarageBand, some don't.
    TheBeast

    More of a learning curve but a great program if you can take the time to learn it.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    It does not lag when there’s a ton of sounds playing

    Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago
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    Incredibly more complex, not recommended for beginners

    Top negative comment  over 6 years ago
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    MacGuini

    It's the closest to Garage Band for Linux. But it's also far from being comparable. LMMS may be powerful, but it doesn't have the ease of use that Garage Band has. It's professional quality. Which is why this is a horrible alternative to Garage Band.

    Negative comment about 2 months ago
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    not as user friendly as garageband

    Negative comment about 3 years ago
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    The GUI seems to try to mimic GarageBand but fails to replicate the ease of usage for those unfamiliar with LMMS.

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    Free, has many features, and is easy to get started with. As a plus: it runs on nearly every platform.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.

    Audacity vs GarageBand opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Audacity is still a legitimate alternative to GarageBand, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    It's free and easy to use, but doesn't have sample music like FL, good if you are making acoustic music. Not too good for remix or altering acoustic sounds.

    Top positive comment  about 1 year ago
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    it is free and easier to use

    Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago
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    It's good for recording audio and editing, but doesn't create audio.

    Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago
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    MacGuini

    As much as I love using Audacity. This is nothing like Garage Band. This is a completely different type of software. Garage Band creates sound. Audacity edits it.

    Negative comment about 2 months ago
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    NevanNedall

    I don't feel Audacity's purpose matches what people are looking for from a program like Garage Band.

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    It's better for editing existing audio than creating new audio.

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    you can't create music with Audacity. It's rather about editing sounds. Great for Podcasting

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  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.

    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to GarageBand.
  4. Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and easy to use.

  5. Carla

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control.



  6. FamiStudio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Wine

    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. DarkAudacity

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    DarkAudacity is a build/fork of the the well known free sound editor, Audacity, customized with a darker, more modern theme - and a few small tweaks. The audio engine underneath is the same audio engine. The same code powers it. Like Audacity, it is completely free.

  8. Audacium

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Audacium is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source.

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

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

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