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Lmms logo.png
Screenshot of LMMS 1 after start up.
Screenshot of LMMS 1.0.0, showing its GUI.
Original author(s) Paul Giblock
Tobias Junghans[1]
Developer(s) LMMS developers
Initial release 2004; 14 years ago (2004); as Linux MultiMedia Studio
Stable release
1.1.3 / 7 March 2015; 3 years ago (2015-03-07)
Preview release
1.2.0-rc7 / 25 September 2018; 21 days ago (2018-09-25)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C++
Operating system Cross-platform: Windows, macOS, Linux
Platform x86, x64
Available in 20 languages[2]
Type Digital audio workstation
License GPLv2[3]
Website lmms.io

LMMS (formerly Linux MultiMedia Studio) is a digital audio workstation application program. When LMMS is executed on a computer with appropriate hardware, it allows music to be produced by arranging samples, synthesizing sounds, playing on a MIDI keyboard and combining the features of trackers and sequencers. It supports the Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API (LADSPA) and partially Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plug-ins (on Win32).[3] It is free software released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2).


System requirements[edit]

LMMS is available for multiple operating systems, including Linux, OpenBSD, macOS and Windows. It requires a 1 GHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM and a two-channel sound card.[4]

Program features[edit]

LMMS accepts soundfonts and GUS patches. It can import Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and hydrogen files. FL Studio project (FLP) files had been able to be imported, but FLP support has since been removed.[5] It can write and read customized presets and themes.[6] Audio can be exported in the OGG and WAV file formats,[7] and the projects are saved in the plain XML MMP or compressed MMPZ file format.[8] It can use VST plug-ins on Win32 or Wine32, though currently the macOS port doesn't support them.[9]


  • Song Editor – compose melodies
  • Beat+Bassline Editor – create beats and basslines
  • FX mixermix an unlimited number of channels (since 1.1.0 release candidate 4)[10]
  • Piano Roll – edit patterns and melodies
  • Automation Editor


  • BitInvaderwavetable-lookup synthesis
  • FreeBoyemulator of Game Boy audio processing unit (APU)
  • Kicker – bass drum synthesizer
  • LB302 – imitation of the Roland TB-303
  • Mallets – tuneful percussion synthesizer
  • Nescaline – NES-like synthesizer
  • Monstro – 3-oscillator synthesizer with modulation matrix
  • OpulenZ – 2-operator FM synthesizer
  • Organic – organ-like synthesizer
  • SID – emulator of the Commodore 64 chips
  • Triple oscillator 3-oscillator synthesizer with 4 modes: MIX, SYNC, PM, FM, and AM
  • Vibed – vibrating string modeler
  • Watsyn – 4-oscillator wavetable synthesizer
  • ZynAddSubFX


  • AudioFileProcessor (AFP) – sampler with effect support


Upcoming updates[edit]

As of 25 September 2018, the 7th release candidate of LMMS version 1.2.0 is in beta test and is considered to be 96% ready for production release.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LMMS Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net". AlternativeTo.
  2. ^ "LMMS – Currently supported languages". Retrieved 21 Jun 2017.
  3. ^ a b "LMMS – Linux MultiMedia Studio". SourceForge. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  4. ^ "LMMS • Documentation". lmms.io.
  5. ^ "Remove FLP import, revert to GPLv2+ only". Github. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ Dave Phillips (August 17, 2009). "LMMS: The Linux MultiMedia Studio". Linux Journal. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "LMMS Sound Editing Software". Software Insider. Retrieved 31 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "lmms.io/utils.php function read_project". Github. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  9. ^ VeSTige
  10. ^ "Release 1.1.0-RC4". Github. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  11. ^ "LMMS 1.2.0 Milestone". Github. Retrieved 25 September 2018.

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