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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Linux Multimedia Studio: LMMS

What is LMMS?

LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed- source) programs like FruityLoops, Cubase and Logic giving you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating cool loops, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples, having more fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more...

Applications like this are rare in Linux. The LMMS interface is great. It has very good usability and it also looks nice. When I fired up the program I saw two main windows, the song editor and the beat+bassline editor. I couldn't see where you import mp3 files (I was told later you can't). So you would have to convert the mp3 to ogg or other supported format. So as you can see. LMMS is not perfect, but it's still pretty good.
Yes this program still has very long way to go before they for a professional musician will be as good in comparison to FL Studio and Cubase as Gimp is in comparison to Photoshop for a professional graphic designer.
It's great music production software, for home users who just want to have fun creating cool mixes, sounds and loops. It is a free software and the quality of this software doesn't really justify paying money for other software,if you are not a professional making big money. In time this program could be one of the reasons to switch from those other OS.


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