15 Free Music Production Software Programs

Free Music Production Software Programs

Here are 15 free music production software programs that are open source and free to download.

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15 Free Music Production Software Programs

Audacity

Audacity is a free open source software for recording and editing sounds.

Free Music Production Software

Features

  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording
  • Platform: Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux

Overview

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Ardour

Ardour is a fully-featured digital audio workstation, similar to other software like ProTools, Nuendo, Sonar and Logic, and capable of replacing analog or digital tape systems.

Ardour

Ardour

Features

  • Audio and MIDI Multi-Track Recording and Editing
  • Plugins with Full Sample Accurate Automation
  • Transport Sync and External Control Surfaces
  • Powerful Anywhere-to-Anywhere Signal Routing
  • Video Timeline
  • Platform: Linux and OS X

Music Editing in Ardour

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LMMS

LMMS is a free cross-platform software which allows you to produce music with your computer. This covers creating melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds and arranging samples. You can have fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more.

LMMS

Features

  • Song-Editor for composing songs
  • A Beat+Bassline-Editor for creating beats and basslines
  • An easy-to-use Piano-Roll for editing patterns and melodies
  • An FX mixer with 64 FX channels and arbitrary number of effects allow unlimited mixing possibilities
  • Many powerful instrument and effect plugins out of the box
  • Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources
  • Compatible with many standards such as SoundFont2, VST(i), LADSPA, GUS Patches, and MIDI
  • Import of MIDI files, Hydrogen project files and FL Studio ® project files

Video Demo – Sound like Deadmau5 w/ LMMS in Under 10 Minutes

Also check out Learn How To Produce Your Own Music In LMMS

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DarkWave Studio

DarkWave Studio is a real-time sound editor with a tabbed interface that lets you compose your own music with the assistance of your computer.

DarkWave Studio

DarkWave Studio

Features

  • VST Plug-in Support – Limitlessly Expandable With Instrument and Effects Plugins.
  • Multi Core / Multi CPU Support.
  • Full 64-bit Double Precision Floating Point Audio Processing.
  • Low Latency ASIO And DirectSound Audio Output Support.
  • Platform Support: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Walk-through Demo

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orDrumbox

The orDrumbox is a free drum machine software.

orDrumbox v 0.9.07 - step-sequencer

Features

  • Pattern-oriented – You can create songs by assembling various patterns. It’s up to you to determine the number of beats in each pattern (16 or 32 or whatever).
  • Automatic composer and arpeggiator
  • Automatic sound assignations
  • Drum Kits – You can import, create, modify and save drum kits. It’s a “sound library” in one single file.
  • Soft Synth – A soft synth with available and can generate sounds using an analog synth emulation: two VCO generator, FM modulation, envelope ADSR controller, low pass / hi pass filters.
  • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Software Preview

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Temper

Temper is a MIDI+Audio sequencer with an emphasis on MIDI.  Easily integrate Temper with your other software via basic drag-and-drop behavior, more advanced sync functionality, or seamlessly as a VST.

Temper Music Software

Features

  • Sophisticated event routing and manipulation
  • Powerful MIDI editing environment
  • Interactive algorithmic composition tools
  • Perform time
  • Multiple takes per track
  • Simultaneous multi-track editing
  • Tool chaining
  • Unified MIDI controllers+VST automation
  • Multicore audio engine

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Mixxx

Mixxx has everything you need to start making DJ mixes in a tight, integrated package. Whether you’re DJing your next house party, spinning at a club, or broadcasting as a radio DJ, Mixxx has what you need to do it right.

Mixxx Music Software

Features

  • iTunes Integration
  • DJ MIDI Controller Support
  • Powerful Mixing Engine
  • BPM Detection and Sync
  • Platform: Mac,  Windows

Overview

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Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux. It’s main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.

Hydrogen Music Software

Hydrogen Music Software

Features

  • Sample-based stereo audio engine, with import of sound samples in .Wav, .au and .aiff formats.
  • Pattern-based sequencer, with an unlimited number of patterns and ability to chain patterns into a song.
  • Up to 192 ticks per pattern with individual level per event and variable pattern length.
  • Unlimited instrument tracks with volume, mute, solo, pan capabilities.
  • Multi layer support for instruments (up to 16 samples for each instrument).
  • Sample Editor, with basic cut and loop functions.
  • Platform: Linux

Drum Sequencer Demo

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Rosegarden

Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio.

Rosegarden

Features

  • Editing – Intuitive ways to record and edit notes.
  • MIDI – Managing your MIDI ports, banks, programs and controllers without having to remember any numbers.
  • Notation – Entering, editing and printing score.
  • Audio – Recording, mixing, and using samples and effects.
  • Synths – Playing your MIDI tracks through hosted synths, for more accurate control.

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Qtractor

Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application.

Qtractor

Qtractor Music Software

Features

  • Multi-track audio and MIDI sequencing and recording.
  • Traditional multi-track tape recorder control paradigm.
  • Audio file formats support: OGG (via libvorbis), MP3 (via libmad, playback only), WAV, FLAC, AIFF and many, many more (via libsndfile).
  • Standard MIDI files support (format 0 and 1).
  • Non-destructive, non-linear editing.
  • Unlimited number of tracks per session/project.
  • Unlimited number of overlapping clips per track.
  • Platform: Linux

Qtractor Demo

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MusE

MusE is a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing. MusE aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio for Linux.

MusE Music Software

Features

  • Realtime Record/Playback several mono/stereo inputs/outputs.
  • Graphical editing of automation
  • Several types of audio tracks: Audio inputs, Audio outputs, Wave tracks, Group tracks, Aux outputs
  • Standardized plugin formats: LADSPA, DSSI, VST
  • Drag and drop import and arranging of: Plugins and plugin presets, Parts, Midi files, Audio files, Aux outputs
  • Platform: Linux

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Linux Sampler

The LinuxSampler is a open source audio sampler with high stability, efficiency and very low latency, providing professional grade features, comparable to both hardware and commercial Windows/Mac software samplers.

Linux Sampler

Platform: Windows / Mac

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Spek – Acoustic Spectrum Analyser

Spek helps to analyse your audio files by showing their spectrogram.

Spek Music Software

Features

  • Supports all popular lossy and lossless audio file formats thanks to the FFmpeg libraries.
  • Ultra-fast signal processing, uses multiple threads to further speed up the analysis.
  • Shows the codec name and the audio signal parameters.
  • Allows to save the spectrogram as an image file.
  • Drag-and-drop support; associates with common audio file formats.
  • Auto-fitting time, frequency and spectral density rulers.
  • Adjustable spectral density range.
  • Translated into 19 languages.
  • Platform: Unix, Windows and Mac OS X.

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MuLab ( Offers limited free version )

MuLab 6.0 features an enhanced look and feel and a rich collection of new and improved features throughout the app that all together seriously increase the creativity, comfort and productivity of MuLab.

MuLab

MuLab

Features

  • Create, record, edit and play multi-track audio & music.
  • Flexible tracks and sub-tracks support audio, MIDI and automation parts.
  • Easy modular architecture.
  • Top-quality uncompromised sound engine.
  • Super-fat oscillators with 300 selected waveforms + support for user waveforms.
  • Multi-core CPU support.
  • Automatic mono/stereo handling.
  • Advanced integration between composer and sound engine.
  • Automation parts let you easily automate any parameter in the modular tree structure, even the deepest nested ones.
  • Platform: Mac, Windows

MuLab 6 Intro

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Garageband

GarageBand is the easiest way to create a great-sounding song on your Mac. Add realistic, impeccably produced and performed drum grooves to your song with Drummer.

Garageband

Garageband

Features

  • Add a virtual session drummer to your song that takes direction and plays realistic beats
  • Create a song with up to 255 tracks
  • Quickly change the timing of an audio recording using Flex Time
  • Use your iPad and Multi-Touch gestures to wirelessly play any GarageBand instrument on your Mac
  • Choose your best performance with multi-take recording
  • Platform: Free with Mac OS

Software Example – New Trap Beat on Garageband

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14 Comments

  1. What about the legal side? If one ever is successful in making music, is one liable to any legal action from the original track makers?

  2. I have used audacity and garageband and will try others too.
    Does all are best music production software or they are mixing softwares too

  3. hi..im a music enthusiast and i want to learn to combine/mix songs like combining set of love songs into one track..hope you can help me..thanx and more power..

  4. im excited to try some of these programs, Well not the dj mixing ones, i prefer just to use a real mixer for that…but some of the production software…hopefully they work for the mac and easy to use unlike logic

  5. hi,
    I’m a young model and actor who and I’m now looking to get into music. Out of thee programs which do you recommend for an absolute beginner. i want to start off with the most user friendly just so i can discover and learn more on my own. I’m mainly going to be trying to create hip hop beats which I can rap over.

  6. hi i am young singer
    i want to know about free video editors to create videos for my songs
    i also want to know about music making software that offer free & are easy to use
    as i dont know about music i only know singing

    i am using windows 7 32bit os
    and android 6.0 mobile to make my album

    please give me suggestions to make good album and profissional videos

  7. Not included in the list above is “WavePad”, which is a Windows program. It not only has a Wav editor like Audacity, but a Mixer that allows multi-tracking, including audio and midi, with VST and VTSi functionality, called MixPad. And, it has a basic DJ deck, like Mixx (above), and even a standalone Vocal changer… Everything from reverb to formant changing and robotic effects. Not bad for free for personal use. (The three additions can be activated from within WavePad on the lower left box in the opening screen):

    http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/

  8. After using Cubase and Magix and a couple of others, I bought the very reasonably priced Reaper. It’s a great platform. You can do anything you need with it, and it’s rock solid. I had to dump it though because of a very odd problem; my drums would speed up about 1 bar into the mix. It drove me crazy. Aside from that, I loved it and wished it had worked. I’m now using Sonar, which is pretty much a bait and switch operation. You think you’re getting all the bells and whistles with whatever version you buy, but you aren’t. If you want full functionality, prepare to shell out some money.

  9. So many of the above “Sequencers” look remarkably like they have “Borrowed” the look and Functionality from Sony’s Acid Pro series of Audio Suites ……..!!! (I have Acid Pro 4 , 5 , 6 and 7……I find 4 or 5 easiest to use , I also have a Genuine version of Cubase 5 VST. )
    What I really want is a really simple sequencer that uses Sound Font Banks not Samples.(I have the old Evolution Audio one ——Sooooooooooo simple to program . I then just either creat my own SF2 banks , and import the Midi File or Song into Acid Pro…….Cubase is a Pig to use sometimes and prone to crashing .
    Shame my evolution one is 16 bit (wont work on Windows 7 with 32 bit / 64 bit processor.
    Also as pointed out below free does not always mean free – trial or limited functionality unless you upgrade to FULL or PRO versions…..£££ $$$ ……????

  10. Great List very helpful thank you, I wouldn’t mind trying a few myself..I have tried Reaper & didn’t like it (plus it’s not free), the interface was very confusing for me and that’s what you don’t want when it comes to making music, it should be a Farley easy and enjoyable process, not drying you nuts watching a ton videos on how to use the software itself..It just takes the fun away for me, and isn’t that what making music is about at the end of the day.. On the other hand Audacity & LMMS are fantastic, two very good open source (free) programs that don’t take a lot of getting your head around and Farley simple to use with great features too. I’m not surprised that these two are at the top of the list, 2 great programs..I have also been thinking about getting a Native Instruments Mk2 or Akai MPC Studio (for making some music) witch are both quite expensive for what they are really.. I have done a fare bit of research on them both, and to me I think they are just like having an expensive version Audacity & LMMS in one Program, with a midi controller to have control over the actual software (without using a mouse).. Yeah they might come with a few more plugins (sounds) or different effects, but hey it’s not hard to find free legit plugins online these days is it really and that just doesn’t warrant the price tag for me.
    I just want to make some simple decent music why does it need to be so complicated & costly in 2015.

    1. From my understanding, Garageband comes by default on Macs. I have own 2 Macs that came with Garageband. Maybe older macs don’t have it by default. I can’t say for sure.

  11. I would recommend Reaper http://www.reaper.fm/ as a DAW which is apparently comparable to pro-tools and it seems a lot of ex-pro-tools users are going over to Reaper. OK it’s not free but you can download the full version for a 60 day trial and then it’s a bargain at $60 for unlimited upgrades. Comes with tons of VST’s and a great forum. If you want a professional DAW for next to nothing Reaper could be the way to go. A lot easier to use than say LMMS IF you read the manual and watch the hundreds of great tutorials on YouTube.

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