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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, SuperCollider, OpenFrameworks and ORCA.

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.
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Interactive visual programming environment for music, audio, and media

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    Pure Data

    • FreeOpen Source
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    38 alternatives to Pure Data 

    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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    VCV Rack

    • FreeOpen Source
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    24 alternatives to VCV Rack 

    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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    SuperCollider

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • BSD
    30 alternatives to SuperCollider 

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

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    OpenFrameworks

    • FreeOpen Source
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    15 alternatives to OpenFrameworks 

    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:

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    ORCA

    • FreeOpen Source
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    34 alternatives to ORCA 

    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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    Fugio

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux
    13 alternatives to Fugio 

    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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    1.  Support for MIDIFugio includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    PraxisLIVE

    • FreeOpen Source
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    32 alternatives to PraxisLIVE 

    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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    Cabbage Studio

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    • Android
    24 alternatives to Cabbage Studio 

    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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    HISE

    • FreeOpen Source
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    8 alternatives to HISE 

    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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    1.  Virtual InstrumentHISE uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
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      Csound

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      15 alternatives to Csound 

      Csound is a sound design, music synthesis and signal processing system, providing facilities for composition and performance over a wide range of platforms. It is not restricted to any style of music, having been used for many years in the creation of classical, pop, techno...

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