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Free JACK Audio Connection Kit Alternatives

The best free alternative to JACK Audio Connection Kit is VB-Audio VoiceMeeter. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to JACK Audio Connection Kit and eight of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to JACK Audio Connection Kit are Soundflower, BlackHole: Virtual Audio Driver, VB-Audio Virtual Cable and PipeWire.

JACK Audio Connection Kit alternatives are mainly Audio Recorders but may also be Audio Routers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of JACK Audio Connection Kit.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD

JACK is a professional sound server daemon that provides real-time low latency connections for both audio and MIDI data...

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  1. Voicemeeter is Audio Mixer Application endowed with Virtual Audio Device used as Virtual I/O to mix and manage any audio sources from or to any audio devices or applications.

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  2. Soundflower is a Mac OS X system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower is easy to use, it simply presents itself as an audio device, allowing any audio application to send and receive audio with no other support needed.

    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 2.0b2, released in December 2014, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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    Soundflower vs JACK Audio Connection Kit opinions
    Most users think Soundflower is a great alternative to JACK Audio Connection Kit.
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    Despite being exclusive to macOS, Soundflower serves the same core functionality of connecting audio streams from one application to another on the same device.

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  3. BlackHole is a modern macOS virtual audio driver that allows applications to pass audio to other applications with zero additional latency. - ExistentialAudio/BlackHole

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  4. VB-Audio CABLE is a Windows Audio Driver working as a Virtual Audio Cable. After installing the VB-CABLE driver, a new playback device appears in the audio device list and can be set as default device. VB-CABLE can be set as the default device, just like any regular audio device.

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    VB-Audio Virtual Cable vs JACK Audio Connection Kit opinions
    This alternative is disputed. VB-Audio Virtual Cable is still a legitimate alternative to JACK Audio Connection Kit, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    VB-Audio Virtual Cable, despite only working on DirectX-built applications, still serves the same core functionality of connecting audio streams from one application to another on the same device.

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    Only works DirectX applications (DirectX is a dead system for pro audio, replaced since years by ASIO, WDM-KS and WASAPI)

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    PipeWire

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    PipeWire is a project that aims to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. It provides a low-latency, graph based processing engine on top of audio and video devices that can be used to support the use cases currently handled by both PulseAudio and JACK.

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    PipeWire is a seamless drop-in replacement for JACK (and JACK2) that also handles PulseAudio applications at the same time.

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    Helvum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    GTK-based patchbay for pipewire, inspired by the JACK tool catia.

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  7. Synchronous Audio Router is a software-based audio routing driver for Windows. You can create any number of Windows audio endpoints, either playback or recording, and route them using any digital audio workstation software which supports ASIO, all with low latency.

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  8. The SoundDesk Virtual Devices are connectors that you can use to route audio across apps.

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