I'm looking for a tool such as Magix Music Maker for Ubuntu (and free, if possible).

I know that there is lmms, audacity, rosegarden, but I'm especially looking for a studio that includes basic sounds like drums, guitar sounds, bass (such as Magix Music Maker does).

In MMM I can pretty much click my song together using sound sets... which is awesome.:

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Is there such a tool for Ubuntu?

  • Could you provide information as to why LMMS and Audacity aren't suitable? They feel very much 'click together' to me. Screenshots with extra description may help. – dv3500ea Oct 30 '10 at 8:54
  • @dv3500ea: see updated question – enchantme Oct 30 '10 at 9:25
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    I still don't see why LMMS won't do the job. HINT: Try clicking on 'My Samples' on the left hand side (above the star). – dv3500ea Oct 30 '10 at 9:33

If you mean like a piano roll editor and really accurate MIDI, LMMS should do the trick. It is in the Ubuntu repositories, but I would recommend using the version in this PPA. https://launchpad.net/~tobydox/+archive/lmms

Also, install the appropriate sound font, and make your midi channels use it. This is also in the repositories, the package is: fluid-soundfont-gm. The soundfont is located in /usr/share/sounds/sf2 when installed.

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  • why was this voted down??? edit: good I voted it up. when voting down please include a reason (and a good one -_-) – RolandiXor Oct 30 '10 at 8:56
  • @enchantme already mentioned LMMS in their question. I agree that LMMS is very good and I don't understand what problem enchantme has with it but they seem to be looking for something else. – dv3500ea Oct 30 '10 at 8:58
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    They are allowed to vote me down if my answer is not sufficient. Though I indeed would like to know why so I can help them better. – NightwishFan Oct 30 '10 at 8:58
  • @dv3500ea: my problem with LMMS is basically just one; when I doubleclick a file in the Samples browser, it copies it beside the actual track... and when I press play I naturally can't hear it. I'm not sure what to think about that. – enchantme Oct 30 '10 at 13:41
  • It sounds like you need to watch some tutorials. The interface is different and will take some time to learn. – dv3500ea Oct 30 '10 at 17:40

If you are truly interested in music creation, I would recommend Ubuntu Studio. It contains pretty much everything one might need for audio work in Ubuntu. While it includes simple programs such as Linux Multimedia Studio, it also supplies the user with JACK, usually necessary for connecting audio and running at lower latencies.

Other key programs include Rosegarden, a MIDI composer, Ardour, Linux's main Digital Audio Workstation, Hydrogen for more composition and beats, etc.

There are also a multitude of synths, most formidably (in my opinion): ZynAddSubFx and Fluidsynth.

If you're feeling especially bold and do not mind paying, energyXT is supposed to be quite simple and great for all of the above. However, certainly for a beginner, I would try the free, opensource programs Ubuntu offers first.

Here are a few much more general guides to linux and audio production: Linux Musicians Linux Audio

Here is the main forum where ubuntu audio production questions and answers can be found: Ubuntu Studio Forum.

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    This is an excellent answer. I've favourited this question so I can work through all the suggestions in your post when I find the time! I'm especially interested in hearing the synths. – Roddie Nov 17 '10 at 12:00

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