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Cakewalk Alternatives for Mac

Cakewalk is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Audacity, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Cakewalk and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Cakewalk are LMMS, FL Studio, Reaper and Tenacity.

Cakewalk 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 Cakewalk.
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  1. Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeAudacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ PortableAudacity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAudacity support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Some users think Audacity is a great alternative to Cakewalk, some don't.
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    Audacity is just 'audio editor

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    audacity is sound editor, sonar is daw

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    It's not a DAW, but an audio editor

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  2. LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsLMMS support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ PortableLMMS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableLMMS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    Most users think LMMS is a great alternative to Cakewalk.
    sedeti

    Miles behind from cakewalk

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    A long way away from Sonor

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  3. FL Studio (originally known as FruityLoops) is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) offering a complete range of professional tools for everything from audio editing and beat creation to advanced arrangement, composition, mixing and mastering.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsFL Studio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with FL Studio based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineFL Studio can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Most users think FL Studio is a great alternative to Cakewalk.
  4. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsReaper support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableReaper is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingReaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ PortableReaper can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIReaper includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to Cakewalk.
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    Tenacity

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTenacity is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeTenacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    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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  6. Ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications. ocenaudio also has powerful features that will please more advanced users.

    ⚫︎ LightweightOcenaudio consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsOcenaudio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ PortableOcenaudio can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Ocenaudio version 3.7.19 running on Windows with an audio file open.
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    sedeti

    Oceanaudio is just an audio editor

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    Ardour

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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Ardour 6
  8. Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage.

    ⚫︎ Virtual InstrumentAbleton Live uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with Ableton Live based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAbleton Live support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Ableton Live 10
  9. Adobe Audition is an audio editing and post-production suite.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAdobe Audition support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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  10. Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineGarageBand can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Virtual InstrumentGarageBand uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
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    iPad Version: Tracks
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    This alternative is disputed. GarageBand is still a legitimate alternative to Cakewalk, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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