Digital Audio Workstations

LMMS – produce music with your computer

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).

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.

Support: Manual
Developer: Tobias Doerffel, Danny McRae, Javier Serrano Polo, and others
License: GNU GPL v2


LMMS is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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