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Open Source Max/MSP Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Max/MSP is Pure Data. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Max/MSP and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Max/MSP are VCV Rack, SuperCollider, OpenFrameworks and Vuo.

Max/MSP alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Projection Mapping Apps or Theater Show Control Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Max/MSP.
This page was last updated Oct 21, 2021
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Interactive visual programming environment for music, audio, and media.

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  1. Pure Data

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux

    Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.

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    Almost everyone thinks Pure Data is a great alternative to Max/MSP.

    The original one I used and it's open source.

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  2. VCV Rack

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux

    VCV Rack is a modular synthesizer inspired by Eurorack systems. It acts a host for virtual modules which perform various audio processes. E.G. oscillators, filters, envelope generators, sequencers and more that can be connected freely in almost limitless combinations.



  3. SuperCollider

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux
    • BSD

    A real time audio synthesis engine, and an object-oriented programming language specialised for music.

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  4. OpenFrameworks

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux

    openFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation. The toolkit is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries, including:

  5. Vuo lets media creators make interactive animations, exhibits, performances, and professional-grade media projects by connecting up simple building blocks.



  6. ORCA

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux

    Orca is an Esoteric Programming Language and live-coding environment for musical experimentation. In Orca, each letter of the alphabet is an operation, lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.

  7. Fugio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Fugio is a free, open source, visual programming system for making digital art and creative projects using a wide range of technologies, for Windows, OS X, and Linux (including Raspberry Pi).

  8. Cabbage Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android

    Cabbage Studio is a sophisticated combination of DAW and audio development environment. The studio offers a modular interface for constructing sounds driven by Csound with the power of .

  9. PraxisLIVE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PraxisLIVE is an open-source, visual programming environment. Experiment with and create projects using a visual patching system coupled with the power of programming in Java, Processing and GLSL.

  10. HISE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    HISE is a cross-platform open source audio application for building virtual instruments. It emphasizes on sampling, but includes some basic synthesis features for making hybrid instruments as well as audio effects.

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