Linux Digital Audio and Music Workstation Comparison Matrix
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Help: Shift+mousewheel for horizontal scrolling. Ordered by stable release date (WIP, last done: 18/6/18). Top row for easy column arrangement, see 'FAUCQ?' sheet tab at the bottom.
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Free/free/shareware:REAPERRadiumOTTO
Rosegarden
LMMSQtractorGiadaCarlaMusESunVoxArdour
Traverso DAW
Non DAWBeastLOSFrinikaMusiKernel
Tracktion T6
LNX_StudioBuzztraxNeilOOMidi2Full commercial:RenoiseBitwigMixbus
Tracktion T7
Trackton Waveform
Custom stack:
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ReleaseStable version (tbc)5.935.7.9master18.61.2-RC60.9.10.151.9.83.0.21.9.3c / 1.3b5.120.49.51.2.00.11master0.8.12.16.05.16.3.12.0master0.14-premaster3.1.12.2.34.3
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Release date (tbc)21/06/201819/06/201816/6/201806/06/201801/06/201829/05/201819/04/201827/01/201806/01/201805/12/201715/10/201714/10/201708/07/201726/06/201723/03/201721/11/201624/04/201629/02/201612/04/201630/12/201510/11/201304/04/201223/12/201719/12/201719/12/2017
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Development activityActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveSlowSlowActiveSlowSlow-ishActiveDeadActivemasterDead?Dead?ActiveActiveActive
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Last dev/OS commit (tbc)FrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequent18/10/2016Frequent14/10/201715/02/2018Frequent23/03/201726/09/201714/11/2017n/a19/10/201722/10/201702/05/201404/04/2012
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LicenceSharewareGPLv2+MPLv2GPLv2GPLv2+GPLv2+GPLv3GPLv2+GPLv2
Freeware/BSD
GPLv2GPLv2+LGPL-2.1+GPLv2+GPLv3GPLv3LGPL-2.1GPLv2+GPLv2ProprietaryProprietary
GPL2/proprietary
ProprietaryProprietary
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LanguageC/C++/asmC++/CC++C++C++C++C++C++, PythonC++C++/CC++/asmC++C/C++C++C++JavaC, Python 3C++SuperColliderC++C++, LuaC++
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ToolkitWDL/SWELLQt 5
NanoVG/Canvas
Qt 5Qt 5Qt 5FLTKQtQt 5SunDogGTK2Qt 5NTK
GTK+/Rapicorn
QtQt 5QtGtk2
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UI styleMDI/SDIMDIMini MDISDI
Tab/untiled MDI
SDISDIMDI/SDISDIMDIMDISDIMDIMDISDIMDI
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Subjective note
Good, unstable
Tracker DAWOP1-likeFL-likeRobust DAW
Looper, ltd. ctrl.
Good host
Modular tracker
Good DAWBasic UIModular/OSC
Internal modular
OOM2/MusEFastFreewareGroove DAWUnstable?
Modular Tracker
Tracker DAW
Excellent DAW
Ardour based
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Audio systemsALSA
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PulseAudio
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JACK
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MIDI systemsALSA MIDI
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JACK-midi✔ bridged
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SessionsLASH
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JACK Session~ njsm
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NSM
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ProjectsRestore previous
✔ 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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MMC
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JACK Transport
~ experimental
~ fixed bpm~ fixed bpm
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Ableton Link~ jack_link
~ experimental
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External patchingInternal port selection
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Auto external patch~ plugin
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Multiple audio outs
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RoutingMixer channels~ in/out pots✔ modular✔ inline
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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✔ playlists
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Metronome~
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MIDI quantisation~~ editing~ editing
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PlaybackPlay from start
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Region looping??
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Song autolooping
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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~ 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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SequencingPiano roll window/tab
~ seq. plugins
✔ in synth~ user tool
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Piano roll inline✔ vertical✔ step seq.
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Pattern ghost note underlay
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Tracker (vert. numeral)
~ redux plugin
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Event editor (simple table)
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Notation (score)
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