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Reason Alternatives for Linux

Reason is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Reaper. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Waveform or Caustic. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Reason and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Reason are Ardour, Bitwig Studio, Rosegarden and Bespoke Synth.

Reason 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 Reason.
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  1. REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.

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    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to Reason.

    Misses instruments but mixing / mastering plugins are ove rthe top. Routing is even easier than Reason cables.

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    Full featured DAW, will accept VST as replacement for Reason's instruments, but overall as easy to use.

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  2. 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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    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to Reason.

    No instruments included, clunky interface

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    Less possibilities, interface is not up to speed.

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  3. Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.

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    Great modular synth that kinda replaces the whole reason cable thing. Better live abilities. Linux support. Not enough instruments

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    It is more "all in one" than ardour and reaper so you don´t need so much external plugins.

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    Waveform

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Waveform is a commercial, cross-platform DAW. With a focus on design and composition, it offers tools to greatly simplify everything from initial inspiration to the final mix.

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    Caustic

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Wine

    Caustic is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizers / samplers rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.

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    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 3.2.0, released in February 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    Caustic vs Reason opinions
    Most users think Caustic is a great alternative to Reason.
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    I discovered Caustic when I bought my first android tablet. I was hoping to find an android app version of REASON, which I was working with for years as an amateur. I loved composing with it whatever came into my mind. Fortunately CAUSTIC was my first try. I liked its logo I guess. The app itself was like a reduced to the max version of my beloved REASON. Installed CAUSTIC on any device I own. So I can create my music wherever I want.

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    Rosegarden

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.

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

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  8. Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework.

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    Radium

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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    Non DAW Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    A modular system composed of four main parts: Non Timeline, a non-destructive, non-linear audio recorder and arranger. Non Mixer, a live mixer with effects plugin hosting and advanced Ambisonics spatialization control.

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