Open Source LMMS Alternatives

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

    This page was last updated May 11, 2021

    1. 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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      Almost everyone thinks Ardour is a great alternative to LMMS.
    2. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
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    3. Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework.
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    4. 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.
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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.
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    5. 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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    6. LinuxSampler - free, open source pure software audio sampler with professional grade features.
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    7. A modular system composed of four main parts: Non Timeline, a non-destructive, non-linear audio recorder and arranger. Non Mixer, a live mixer with effects plugin hosting and advanced Ambisonics spatialization control.
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    8. 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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    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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