Audio software

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Free/open source software for creating and/or editing sounds and music.

General Sound Editing

Sound editors
Application name/link Active1 Stable2 Details License
Audacity Yes Yes Feature-rich recorder/editor GPL

Music applications

Music applications
Application name/link Active1 Stable2 Multi-Track Recording MIDI LADSPA plugins LV2 plugins VST plugins Jack support Details License Operating Systems
Ardour Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Digital audio workstation GPL Linux, OS X
Hydrogen Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Drum computer GPL Linux, OS X, Windows3
Rosegarden Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Digital audio workstation GPL Linux, OS X
Wired Yes No Yes Yes Digital audio workstation GPL/LGPL Linux
Traverso DAW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Digital audio workstation GPL Linux, OS X, Windows
LMMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Multimedia Studio GPL Linux, Windows
Jokosher No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Multi-track recording software GPL Linux, OS X, Windows
ZynAddSubFX Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes Advanced synthesizer GPLv2 Linux, OS X, Windows

1Development activity (releases, activity in repository) must not be older than one year 2'Stable' releases exist 3Experimental

Trackers

Trackers
Application name/link Active1 Stable2 Details License
Chibitracker Yes Yes Portable Impulse Tracker clone GPL
Milkytracker Yes Yes Multi-platform tracker GPL
Schism Tracker Yes Yes Portable Impulse Tracker clone GPL

Scorewriters

Scorewriters
Application name/link Active1 Stable2 GUI Details License
LilyPond Yes Yes No Can process text files GPL
Denemo Yes Yes Yes GUI-frontend for Lilypond, multi-platform GPL
NoteEdito No Yes Yes KDE scorewriter, old though GPL

Sound effect generators

Sound editors
Application name/link Active1 Stable2 Details License
sfxr No Yes 8-bit sfx (flash version available) MIT
Explodomatica Yes Yes Explosion sound generator GPL

Audio software lists