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  • LMMS | FOSS | Powerful DAW with MIDI and VST support.
  • Audacity| FOSS | Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor with VST support.
  • Ardour| OSS |



  • Surge XT| FOSS | Great synthesizer with an extensive user made patch library.
  • Vital | FOSS* | Solid alternative to Serum, optional extra patches and wavetables with the paid version.
  • Cardinal | FOSS | Virtual modular synthesizer plugin based on VCV Rack.
  • dexed | FOSS | Plugin synth that is closely modelled on the Yamaha DX7.
  • Helm | FOSS | Polyphonic synth with lots of modulation.
  • ZynAddSubFX | FOSS | One of the most in depth FOSS synthesizers.


  • CloudSeed | FOSS | Algorithmic reverb plugin best employed as a special effect, for creating thick, lush pads.
  • Surge XT FX | FOSS | Package of FX included with the Surge synthesizer.
  • Airwindows | FOSS | Simplistic and experimental plugins.


  • sunvox | FOSS | Node based modular synthesizer with a pattern-based sequencer.
  • OpenMPT | FOSS | Powerful tracker application that makes writing music fun, easy and efficient


  • Helio | FOSS | MIDI music sequencer, lightweight UI to help you get into the zone and focus on your ideas.
  • Musescore | FOSS | music notation software.
  • Go-On-A-Steam-Train
    11 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this! :)

    I got a kick out of seeing helm on your list, as I was using the developer’s Unity engine integration for a game when I started coding :) Fantastic synth.

    I could also recommend hydrogen as a drum machine - it plays nicely with lmms, which is cool! :) There’s also tuxguitar which I use as a guitar sketchpad when I just want to jot down a thing I’m playing, or learn a complicated song. :)