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Open Source Loopback Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Loopback is JACK Audio Connection Kit. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Loopback and five of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Loopback are Soundflower, BlackHole Audio Loopback Driver, Helvum and Synchronous Audio Router.

Loopback alternatives are mainly Audio Recorders but may also be Audio Routers or Audio Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Loopback.
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  1. JACK Audio Connection Kit icon

    JACK Audio Connection Kit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    18 alternatives to JACK Audio Connection Kit 

    JACK is a professional sound server daemon that provides real-time low latency connections for both audio and MIDI data between applications that implement its API. The API can be used through either JACK1 or JACK2.

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    1.  Support for MIDIJACK Audio Connection Kit includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Some users think JACK Audio Connection Kit is a great alternative to Loopback, some don't.
    ubster

    super lite and opensource, also paying attention to latnecy

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    Soundflower

    • Mac
    20 alternatives to Soundflower 

    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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    Guest

    At least it's free, and works extremely well for streaming. Sadly I can't hear my output without a multi-output device.

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    IanDorfman

    Soundflower offers extremely similar functionality to Loopback, including audio passthrough, audio stream connecting, and recording. It is also free and open source.

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  3. BlackHole Audio Loopback Driver icon

    BlackHole Audio Loopback Driver

    • Mac
    16 alternatives to BlackHole Audio Loopback Driver 

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

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    1.  Music LooperBlackHole Audio Loopback Driver supports a grid of musical loops and phrases that you can trigger and manipulate in real time.
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    Guest

    It doents have an interface

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    Helvum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    10 alternatives to Helvum 

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

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    Synchronous Audio Router

    • Windows
    14 alternatives to Synchronous Audio Router 

    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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    Discontinued

    The last version (0.13.1) was released in April 2018. Many issues in the repository going unanswered.

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