LMMS stands out as a completely free alternative to commercial software like FL Studio. It is cross-platform and allows you to easily produce music with the use of your PC. You can create beats, melodies, mix audio/sounds and arrange samples in just seconds. The MIDI-keyboard you would expect is very good and the interface is modern and user-friendly.

Software Description

  • Size: 30.1 MB
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • License: Freeware
  • Release Date: 21-10-2019
  • Operating System: All Windows


LMMS Freeware Editor Features

  • Full song editor to compose songs.
  • Dedicated editor for beat and bassline.
  • Piano-Roll to edit melodies and patterns.
  • FX mixer including 64 FX channels.
  • Numerous instruments and effects already included.
  • Compatible with modern standards like LADSPA, VST{i}, SoundFont2, and full MIDI support.
  • Can import FLP and MIDI files.

LMMS Quick Review

LMMS does look pretty daunting at first glance because it automatically loads many windows but after you get used to it, you quickly see how easy it is to use the audio editor. The important useful feature is “What’s this?”. Activate it and a pop-up window appears with a summary of the function and what it is used for.

The interface is customizable so you gain access to all common functionality users expect from DAWs, like importing, editing, and sequencing.

You can record MIDI but you cannot record audio. This might be a problem for many but not for all. There are countless audio samples, effect units, and built-in virtual instruments added so you can start using the software as soon as you install it.

Virtual Instruments

Many useful instruments that fully emulate classic sounds are included in LMMS. A favorite one among many users is Roland’s TB-303. This is a classic bassline machine that is very good for acid leads or retro subby basslines. You can also use instruments that are based on the GameBoy, NES and Commodore 64. Chiptune inspired music is so simple to produce.

You can also use a wide selection of synthesizers, including FM, Additive, Physical, Subtractive and Wavetable.

LMMS basically includes all you would need in terms of samples for the production of electronic music.

Samples And Sounds

Dedicated tracks are included so you can deal with audio but sample-based instruments with multiple options are also present. This offers support for almost all possible formats, including mp3, aiff, wav, and FLAC. The VST instrument support does not cover all VSTi’s but this could always appear in future updates.

Effects And Processing

When you initially install LMMS, there are limited audio effects included but you can easily expand this with the use of support for LADSPA and VST. LADSPA is not well-known, except for those using Audacity, but it is still popular among many producers.

Countless free plugins are available to include support for many effects that are common or effects that are unusual and experimental.

Notable Features

Many synthesis types are included. In fact, the selection is very comprehensive, which is rarely seen even in the commercial DAWs. LMMS can easily keep you busy when you want a very rich sound palette. As the MIDI part is created, note information can be added with the mouse, keyboard or a MIDI keyboard.

Speeding up composition is simple with the piano-roll type editor and you can just draw chords. There is an audio mixer included. It is not as great as with other DAWs, but it does the trick.

The last notable feature we can mention is “Controller Rack”, which implements LFO modulation. This is a very strong feature that is advanced but will be appreciated.



  • Completely free
  • Powerful
  • LADSPA for numerous processing options
  • A workflow that is very similar to FL Studio


  • VST support not available on MacOS
  • Lack of audio recording option