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LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio

LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed-source) programs like FL Studio, Cubase and Logic. It offers you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating/synthesizing sounds, arranging samples, playing live with your keyboard.

LMMS combines the features of a sequencer-program (pattern-/channel-/sample-/song-/effect-management) and those of powerful synthesizers and samplers in a modern, user-friendly and easy to use graphical user-interface.

LMMS consists of several windows. The song editor is the heart of the program, where you arrange the various parts of your composition along the time axis. Instruments, samples and synthesizer sounds are shown in different tracks.

LMMS transparently supports VST plugins, both instruments and effects, through Wine (a compatibility layer for running Windows programs).

 LMMS 1.1.3

Free to download



Tobias Doerffel, Danny McRae, Javier Serrano Polo, and others


System Requirements
Qt 4.3.0 or higher

Optional, but strongly recommended:
- JACK with devel-files
- libvorbis with devel-files
- libalsa with devel-files
- SDL_sound (tested with 0.1.5 & 1.0.1) with devel-files
- SDL with devel-files
- libsamplerate with devel-files
- libsndfile with devel-files
- WINE + WINE-devel-files
- stk, libstk + libstk-dev
- festival-devel-files and default-voice

LMMS Manual, LMMS Wiki, Mailing List (Users), FAQ, Mailing List (Developers), Getting Started with LMMS, Your First Song with LMMSGitHub

Selected Reviews:
LinuxInsider, Softpedia, OS Reviews

Features include:

  • Song-Editor for arranging the song
  • Creating beats and basslines using the Beat-/Bassline-Editor
  • Easy-to-use piano-roll for editing patterns and melodies
  • Instrument- and effect-plugins
  • Support for hosting VST(i)- and LADSPA-plugins (instruments/effects)
  • FX mixer with 64 FX channels and arbitrary number of effects allow unlimited mixing possibilities
  • Automation-editor
  • Full MIDI-support
  • Also compatible with many standards such as SoundFont2, VST(i), LADSPA, GUS Patches, and MIDI
  • Import of MIDI and FLP (Fruityloops Project) files

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