Linux Digital Audio and Music Workstation Comparison Matrix
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Request from Matrix Creator: If you can, please restore deleted information from the revision history. I'll eventually be able to tackle the problem once I get an upgrade but any assistance now would be apprecieated nh
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenMPT
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Thanks to all those who have helped update things! If you accidentally delete content, change colours, widths formatting, etc., please Undo your change! Cheers!
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FLOSS/freeware/shareware:
Zrythm
Beast
Radium
LMMSQtractor
Rosegarden
Otto
Giada
Ardour
wlp3s0
#ERROR!MusETraversoNon DAWLOSFrinikaMusiKernelTracktion T7LNX_StudioBuzztraxNeilOOMidi2Full commercial:REAPERBitwigCustom stack:
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ReleaseStable version (tbc)0.13
5.9.85
1.2.0-RC60.9.1118.6
master
0.15.3
5.121.9.4c/1.3b
1.9.8
3.0.20.49.51.2.0master0.8.12.16.05.17.2.12.0master0.14-premaster5.932.4
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Release date (tbc)07/01/201908/02/201912/08/201901/06/201809/11/201906/06/201816/6/201823/12/201815/10/201703/08/201827/01/201806/01/201814/10/201708/07/201723/03/201721/11/201624/04/201601.08.201612/04/201630/12/201510/11/201304/04/201221/06/201812/09/2018
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Development activity
Active
Active
Active
Active09/11/2019
Active
Active
Active
Active
Active
Active
ActiveSlowSlowSlowSlow-ishActivepredecessorActivemasterDead?Dead?ActiveActive
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Last dev/OS commit (tbc)
Frequent
Frequent
Frequent
FrequentFrequent
Frequent
Frequent
Frequent
Frequent3/8/2018
Frequent
Frequent14/10/201715/02/201823/03/201726/09/201714/11/201701.08.201619/10/201722/10/201702/05/201404/04/2012Frequent
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License
GPLv3+
LGPL-2.1+
GPLv2+
GPLv2+GPLv2+
GPLv2
MPLv2
GPLv3
GPLv2
Freeware/BSD
GPLv2+
GPLv2GPLv2+GPLv2+GPLv3PropietaryGPLv3LGPL-2.1GPLv2+GPLv2ProprietaryProprietary
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Language
C
C++
C++/C
C++C++
C++
C++
C++
performances
C++/C
C++, Python
C++C++C/C++C++JavaC, Python 3C++SuperColliderC++C/C++/asmC++/asm/Java
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Toolkit
GTK+3
GTK+/Rapicorn
Qt 5
Qt 5Qt 5
Qt 5
NanoVG/Canvas
FLTK
GTK2
SunDog
Qt
Qt 5Qt 5NTKQtQt 5JuceQtWDL/SWELLBespoke Java
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UI style
MDI
MDI
Built-in MDIDMI
SDI
Mini MDI
SDI
MDI
MDI
SDI
SDISDISDISDIMDI/SDI
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Subjective note
Newer
Internal modular
Tracker DAW
FL-likeRobust DAW
Great MIDI edit
OP1-like
Looper, ltd. ctrl.
Full DAW
Modular tracker
Good host
DAWBasic UIModular/OSCOOM2/MusEFastFreewareGroove DAWUnstable?Modular Tracker
Good, unstable
Excellent DAW
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Audio systemsALSA
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PulseAudio
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b.vc.c zvbb. b.JACK
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MIDI systemsALSA MIDI
~ bridged
✔,
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JACK-midi
✔ bridged
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SessionsLASH
✔U
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JACK Session
~ njsm
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NSM
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ProjectsRestore previous
~ broken atm
✔ Recent menu
✔ Recent menu
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Undo
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Redo
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Persistent Undo/Redo
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SynchronisationMIDI beat clock
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MIDI time code (MTC)
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LTC
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zMMC
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JACK Transport
~ fixed bpm
~ experimental
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Ableton Link
~ jack_link
~ experimental
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External patching
Internal port selection
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Auto external patch
~ plugin
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Multiple audio outs
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RoutingMixer channels
ableton
~ in/out pots
✔ modular
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Panning
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Spatialisation
~ plugin
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Channel effects
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Busses
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Patch matrix graph
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Patch out->in lists
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Patch graph (virt. cable)
✔ vertical
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Patch graph grid snap
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Patch graph thumbnail
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RecordingAudio
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Multitrack audio
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Record arm
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Live waveform
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MIDI
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Multitrack MIDI
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Punch recording
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Multiple takes
✔ playlists
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Metronome
~
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MIDI quantisation
~ WIP
~ editing
~
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PlaybackPlay from start
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/08/china/china-schools-foreign-ban-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
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Region looping
??
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Song autolooping
~ WIP
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MonitoringMuting
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Soloing
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Exclusive solo
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VisualisationMixer levels
~
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Peak levels
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Waveform
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Spectrogram waveform
~ plugin~ plugin
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FFT display
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Scope~ plugin~ plugin
~ plugin
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Sample synthesisSample playback
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Audio editor
~ Limited
~ external~
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Time stretching
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Sample formatsWAV
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PCM
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AIFF
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FLAC
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MP3
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AAC
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Vorbis
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Speex
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VOC (Soundblaster)
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Soundfont formatsSF2
~ plugin
✔ FluidSynth
✔ FluidSynth
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SF3~ plugin
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SFZ~ plugin
✔ LinuxSampler
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GIG~ plugin
✔ LinuxSampler
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ProcessingModular synthesis
~ Racks~ plugin
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Bundled plugins
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Multicore processing
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Delay compensation
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CPU usage metering
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Plugin formatsLV2
~ via falktx fork
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LADSPA
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DSSI
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Linux VST2
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Linux VST3
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Internal Windows VST
✔ Wine dep.✔dssi-vst
✔ Wine
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Sequencing
Piano roll window/tab
~ seq. plugins
✔ in synth
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Piano roll inline
✔ vertical
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Pattern ghost note underlay
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Tracker (vert. numeral)
~ redux plugin
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