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.
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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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Free/freeware/shareware:
ZrythmBeastRadium#N/ARosegardenLMMSQtractorGiadaSunVoxCarlaMusEArdourTraversoNon DAWLOSFrinikaMusiKernel
Tracktion T7
LNX_StudioBuzztraxNeilOOMidi2Full commercial:REAPERWaveformRenoiseBitwigMixbusCustom stack:
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ReleaseStable version (tbc)0.135.7.9master18.61.2.0-RC60.9.10.15.31.9.4c/1.3b1.9.83.0.25.120.49.51.2.0master0.8.12.16.05.17.2.12.0master0.14-premaster5.9310.0.23.1.12.44.3
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Release date (tbc)07/01/201908/02/201919/06/201816/6/201806/06/201801/06/201829/05/201823/12/201803/08/201827/01/201806/01/201815/10/201714/10/201708/07/201723/03/201721/11/201624/04/201601.08.201612/04/201630/12/201510/11/201304/04/201221/06/201829/01/201923/12/201712/09/201819/12/2017
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Development activityActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveSlowSlowSlowSlow-ishActivepredecessorActivemasterDead?Dead?ActiveActiveActiveActiveActive
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Last dev/OS commit (tbc)FrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequent3/8/2018FrequentFrequentFrequent14/10/201715/02/201823/03/201726/09/201714/11/201701.08.201619/10/201722/10/201702/05/201404/04/2012FrequentFrequent
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LicenceGPLv3+LGPL-2.1+GPLv2+MPLv2GPLv2GPLv2+GPLv2+GPLv3
Freeware/BSD
GPLv2+GPLv2GPLv2GPLv2+GPLv2+GPLv3PropietaryGPLv3LGPL-2.1GPLv2+GPLv2ProprietaryProprietaryProprietaryProprietary
GPL2/proprietary
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LanguageCC++C++/CC++C++C++C++C++C++/CC++, PythonC++C++/asmC++C/C++C++JavaC, Python 3C++SuperColliderC++C/C++/asmC++C++, Lua
C++/asm/Java
C++
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ToolkitGTK+3GTK+/RapicornQt 5
NanoVG/Canvas
Qt 5Qt 5Qt 5FLTKSunDogQtQt 5GTK2Qt 5NTKQtQt 5JuceQtWDL/SWELLJuceBespoke JavaGtk2
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UI styleMDIMDIMini MDISDIBuilt-in MDIDMISDIMDISDISDIMDISDISDISDIMDI/SDIMDI/SDI
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Subjective noteNewerInternal modularTracker DAWOP1-likeGreat MIDI editFL-likeRobust DAW
Looper, ltd. ctrl.
Modular tracker
Good hostFull DAWBasic UIModular/OSCOOM2/MusEFastFreewareGroove DAWUnstable?
Modular Tracker
Good, unstable
Excellent DAWMDI
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~ 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
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Undo~ WIP
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Redo~ WIP
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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
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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✔Rack
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Patch out->in lists✔Rack
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Patch graph (virt. cable)✔ vertical✔Rack
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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~ WIP~~ editing~ editing
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PlaybackPlay from start
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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~~ Basic
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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~ Racks~
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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
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Pattern ghost note underlay
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Tracker (vert. numeral)
~ redux plugin
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