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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FLOSS/freeware/shareware:
Zrythm
BeastRadiumOttoRosegardenLMMSQtractorSunVoxMusEArdourTraversoTracktion T7
Full commercial:
REAPERWaveformRenoiseBitwigMixbusCustom stack:
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ReleaseStable version (tbc)0.135.7.9master18.61.2.0-RC60.9.11.9.4c/1.3b3.0.25.120.49.57.2.15.9310.0.23.1.12.45.2
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Release date (tbc)07/01/201908/02/201919/06/201816/6/201806/06/201801/06/201829/05/201803/08/201806/01/201815/10/201714/10/201701.08.201621/06/201829/01/201923/12/201712/09/201818/03/2019
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Development activity
Active
ActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveActiveSlowpredecessorActiveActiveActiveActiveActive
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Last dev/OS commit (tbc)
Frequent
FrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequentFrequent3/8/2018FrequentFrequent14/10/201701.08.2016FrequentFrequent
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License
GPLv3+
LGPL-2.1+GPLv2+MPLv2GPLv2GPLv2+GPLv2+Freeware/BSDGPLv2GPLv2PropietaryProprietaryProprietaryProprietaryProprietaryGPL2/proprietary
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Language
C
C++C++/CC++C++C++C++C++/CC++performancesC++C++C/C++/asmC++C++, LuaC++/asm/JavaC++
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Toolkit
GTK+3
GTK+/RapicornQt 5NanoVG/CanvasQt 5Qt 5Qt 5SunDogQt 5GTK2Qt 5JuceWDL/SWELLJuceBespoke JavaGtk2
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UI styleMDIMDIMini MDISDIBuilt-in MDIDMIMDISDIMDISDIMDI/SDIMDI/SDI
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Subjective note
Newer
Internal modular
Tracker DAWOP1-likeGreat MIDI editFL-likeRobust DAWModular trackerFull DAWBasic UIFreewareGood, unstableExcellent DAWMDIExcellent DAWArdour 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
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NSM
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ProjectsRestore previous
~ broken atm
✔ 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
~ fixed bpm~ fixed bpm
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Ableton Link
~ jack_link
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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
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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
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SF3~ plugin
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SFZ~ plugin
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GIG~ plugin
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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
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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
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SequencingPiano roll window/tab
~ 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)
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