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Open Source Reaper Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Reaper is LMMS. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Reaper and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Reaper are Ardour, Tenacity, Zrythm and Spek.

Reaper alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations or Audio Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Reaper.
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    LMMS

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    90 alternatives to LMMS 

    LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of...

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsLMMS support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    2.  PortableLMMS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with LMMS, by handling note and performance information.
    4.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    Ardour

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • BSD
    87 alternatives to Ardour 

    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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    1.  Non Destructive EditingArdour allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Ardour, by handling note and performance information.
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    Ardour with a custom theme
    main window + mixer
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    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to Reaper.
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    Ardour is a very powerful and capable DAW, it's just tough to learn since practically all features are exposed at all times. Reaper provides an arguably faster workflow, has a similarly powerful mixer and incidentally installs and loads faster than nearly every other modern DAW.

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    Tenacity

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    88 alternatives to Tenacity 

    Tenacity is an easy-to-use, privacy-friendly, FLOSS, cross-platform multi-track audio editor/recorder for Windows, macOS, Linux and other operating systems.

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    1.  Privacy focusedTenacity is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  Ad-freeTenacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    Discontinued

    The project is currently on an indefinite hiatus. Tenacity will probably merge with Saucedacity icon Saucedacity : https://github.com/tenacityteam/tenacity/discussions/733

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    Zrythm

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    • Linux
    • BSD
    87 alternatives to Zrythm 

    Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and easy to use.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZrythm can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsZrythm support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Zrythm, by handling note and performance information.
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    Spek

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    51 alternatives to Spek 

    Spek helps to analyse your audio files by showing their spectrogram. Spek is free software available for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X.

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    1.  LightweightSpek consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Saucedacity

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    51 alternatives to Saucedacity 

    Saucedacity is a free, open source audio editor based on Audacity with the same features and the same project format, but without the autoupdater and telemetry that originally came with Audacity.

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    1.  PortableSaucedacity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Ad-freeSaucedacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  LightweightSaucedacity consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSaucedacity can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  Support for VST PluginsSaucedacity support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    6.  Support for scriptingSaucedacity supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    DarkAudacity

    • Windows
    123 alternatives to DarkAudacity 

    DarkAudacity is a build/fork of the the well known free sound editor, Audacity, customized with a darker, more modern theme - and a few small tweaks. The audio engine underneath is the same audio engine. The same code powers it. Like Audacity, it is completely free.

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    1.  Ad-freeDarkAudacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed since 2019. Last version, 2.3.2, released in May 2019, can be still downloaded from FossHub. The GitHub page shows an older version (2.1.3) that dates back to 2016.

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    Radium

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    • Linux
    71 alternatives to Radium 

    Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface.

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    1.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Radium, by handling note and performance information.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsRadium support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    FamiStudio

    • Mac
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    • Android
    • Wine
    29 alternatives to FamiStudio 

    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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    1.  Support for MIDIFamiStudio includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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      Bespoke Synth

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      74 alternatives to Bespoke Synth 

      Bespoke is a software modular synthesizer. It contains a bunch of modules, which you can connect together to create sounds.

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      1.  Virtual InstrumentBespoke Synth uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
      2.  Node BasedBespoke Synth supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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