Tag Archives: Music

Free music studio software

LMMS shown on Ubuntu
Lmms running on Ubuntu

LMMS is in my opinion an okay alternative to those commercial music studio software that is available out there. It is described following at their website:

LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio®, which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of samples. You can have fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more; all in a user-friendly and modern interface.

There are some sound demos that can be found here and screenshots can be found here. However, you can not make tracks where you record sounds. But you can use Audacity to fulfill that need. Both LMMS and Audacity works on Windows, Mac and Gnu/Linux but LMMS could need some extra tweaking to work with Mac os.

Free music notation software

MuseScore default screen
MuseScore default screen shown on Ubuntu.

I myself am a musician, and I sometimes need to write sheet music as homework since I also am a music student. And occasionally I also write music of my own, but have not the economy to buy those proprietary products that is quite popular in the music world, i.e. Sibelius and Finale. So I was quite happy when I found out about MuseScore, a completely free score writing program, with some neat features in my opinion.

The features are: Multilingual (my screenshot shows swedish), you can have up to four voices per staff, lyrics and more. So before you decide to purchase the commercial, proprietary score editors you should try this out.

It is both free as in freedom as in no cost. The software is available for Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux.