Max/MSP Alternatives for Linux

    Max/MSP is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Pure Data, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Max/MSP and 18 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Max/MSP are VCV Rack (Free, Open Source), SuperCollider (Free, Open Source), Fugio (Free, Open Source) and Cabbage Studio (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 12, 2021

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      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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    1. 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.


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      A real time audio synthesis engine, and an object-oriented programming language specialised for music. SuperCollider was created in 1996 by James McCartney, Since version 3 it is released as free software.
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    2. 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).
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    3. 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 .
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    4. 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.
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      openFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation.
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    5. 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.
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      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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      Csound is a sound design, music synthesis and signal processing system, providing facilities for composition and performance over a wide range of platforms.
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