Favorite music production software on Linux (updated)

Updated: 2024-04-10

Sometimes I feel like I am dreaming. 😇 It is 2023 and I produce music on a powerful all-AMD computer running a cutting edge Linux distribution with one of the most innovative digital audio workstations on the market; Bitwig Studio. 😎

As if that were not enough, some of my favorite plugin vendors have recently joined the illustrious Linux Pro Audio community. With below list I would like to share with you the joy of being able to use a whole handful of wonderful audio software on my Linux workstation. With PipeWire, WirePlumber, Wayland... wow, what a time for Linux.

And although I am eagerly waiting for manufacturers like AudioRealism, d16, GForce Software, Sugar Bytes or Moog Music (among others) to come forward with Linux support in the near future (see my blog post Missing audio plugins on linux, I am at the same time almost glad that the overabundance of plugins available for macOS and Windows is of no concern for Linux based music production at this time. 🤫😝

Before you dig into the alphabetically ordered list of Linux audio gems, I would like to point out that all software as well as all hardware I currently use is listed on my Gear page (in case you are interested to take a peek).

Auburn Sounds

Couture

Killer sound character shaping plugin with a transient and a saturation stage. Really good sound and fun to use.

Couture

Inner Pitch

Amazingly versatile pitch changing toolkit with great sonic characteristics.

Inner Pitch

Panagement

Innovative plugin allowing oneself to place sound sources intuitively in a virtual room.

Panagement

Audio Assault

DoubleTake

Creative 4 voice doubler effect with a sweet UI.

DoubleTake

EchoVibe

Cute delay plugin with fantastic sound and admirable UI.

EchoVibe

Audio Damage

EOS 2

Very versatile, good sounding reverb with an amazing UI.

EOS 2

Other Desert Cities

Super creative delay unit with very inspirational UI.

Other Desert Cities

AudioThing

Dials

Outstanding concept and UI, a test equipment channel strip.

Dials

Gong Amp

Experimental amplifier with a Gong.

Gong Amp

Lines

Multi-effect unit with a lovely workflow and lots of user interface candy.

Lines

Noises

Extraterrestrial instrument for "far out" sounddesign with an excellent UI.

Noises

Space Strip

Great tool-set to shape and place sounds in space.

Space Strip

Things Texture

Beautifully crafted little reverb.

Things Texture

Things Bubbles

Creative delay/filter with a lovely UI.

Things Bubbles

Valves

Vintage tube amp emulation with attention to detail.

Valves

Vinyl Strip

Channel strip like plugin to add character to sounds.

Vinyl Strip

Bitwig

Bitwig Studio

After 25 happy years with Logic, Bitwig Studio was a fresh start for me (and a game changer too!). It really feels more like an instrument than a DAW (from a traditional kind of perspective). Very intuitive workflow, innovative and inspirational and simply put a lot of fun!

Bitwig Studio, Bitwig

Chowdhury DSP

BYOD 🌟️

Amazing open source "patch it yourself" harmonics toolbox with a very intuitive workflow (and great sound, too).

BYOD

discoDSP

Discovery Pro

A Nord synthesizer on your computer! Very well made.

Discovery Pro

OB-Xd

An Oberheim OB-X emulation, phat sound, solid workflow, love it.

OB-Xd

HY-Plugins

HY-POLY

Inspiring and surprisingly good sounding poly synth with fun to use (and look at) UI made by Tadashi Suginomori.

HY-POLY

Inphonik

RX1200

A fun drum machine based on E-mu's SP-1200 with a fantastic sound.

RX1200

Klangfreund

Multimeter

My go-to toolbox in terms of sound levels.

Multimeter

midilab

JC303 🌟️

The best TB-303 emulation available for Linux!

JC303

Punk Labs

OneTrick SIMIAN 🌟️

Simply put an amazing little drum machine that is a lot of fun.

OneTrick SIMIAN

Sinuslabs

Integer

Like most Sinevibes plugins it is hard to describe what it does if you do not want to use the word "magic". The official description is: Integer is a digital-analog buffer modeling effect.

Integer

Sinuslabs

Reach 🌟️

An outstanding open source reverb specifically made for electronic music with a beautiful user interface and "extraterrestrial" sound.

Reach

Sononym

Sononym

Super versatile and feature packed sample management software.

Sononym

TAL Software

TAL-Bassline-101

A SH-101 very, very well made, beautiful to look at and use.

TAL-Bassline-101

TAL-Drum

Intuitive drum machine/sampler with great workflow and sound.

TAL-Drum

TAL-J-8

Killer Jupiter 8 emulation, lovely UI and great workflow.

TAL-J-8

TAL-U-NO-LX

Juno 60 emulation with great looks and sound.

TAL-U-NO-LX

u-he

Colour Copy

Lovely delay unit with a beautiful and inspirational UI.

Colour Copy

Filterscape

Out of this world morphing EQ synthesizer plugin trio!

Filterscape

Hive

One of my all time favorite virtual synths!

Hive

MFM

Very, very powerful delay unit with killer looks too.

MFM

Repro 5

Repro-1 and Repro 5, some analogue monsters, carefully modeled. As always with u-he a lot of attention to detail all around.

Repro 5

Twangström

Spring reverb, lovely UI and workflow.

Twangström

Zebra

A kind of "down the rabbit hole" synthesizer with the amazing Dark Zebra featuring Hans Zimmer. Amazing stuff!

Zebra

UnplugRed

Prisma

The most fun I ever had with saturation. And the results are stunning too.

Prisma

VCV

VCV Rack

Eurorack on your computer. Very well made, extensive library and wow, open source too!

VCV Rack

🌟 = open source

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2022-12-10 (amadeus)