LMMS – Free Music Creation Tool Lands A Major Release

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LMMS 1.2.0 released after long 4 years with huge updates.

LMMS, the one of the best Digital Audio Workstation, music creation app out there – comes with a 1.2.0 release after 4 years of development. This free and open source music creation software is having a nice UI and neat features which gives an edge to the audio, music creators.

LMMS Running
LMMS Running

LMMS comes with a rich list of features catering to various segments of music creation. Here’s a quick rundown on the LMMS features directly from official page for your reference:

LMMS Feature Highlights

  • Sequence, compose, mix and automate songs in one simple interface
  • Note playback via MIDI or typing keyboard
  • Consolidate instrument tracks using Beat+Bassline Editor
  • Fine tune patterns, notes, chords and melodies using Piano Roll Editor
  • Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources
  • Import of MIDI files and Hydrogen project files
  • Built-in 64-bit VST instrument support with 32-bit VST bridge (64-bit Windows)
  • 16 built in synthesizers, including emultations of Roland ® TB-303, Commodore 64 ® SID microchip, Nintendo ® NES and GameBoy, Yamaha ® OPL2 chip and more
  • Embedded ZynAddSubFx: Polyphonic, mutlitimbral, microtonal, multi-voice additive, subtractive and pad synthesis all in one powerful plugin
  • Native multisample support for SoundFont ® (SF2), Giga (GIG) and Gravis UltraSound ® (GUS) formats for high quality instrument patches and banks
  • Drop-in LADSPA plug-in support
  • Drop-in VST ® effect plug-in support (Linux and Windows)
  • Built-in compressor, limiter, delay, reverb, distortion and bass enhancer
  • Bundled graphic and parametric equalizers
  • Built-in visualization/spectrum analyzer

Changes in LMMS 1.2.0

A huge list of changes is packed in this release of LMMS. You can refer the details here. Here is a quick summary of the improvements, bug fixes:

  • DrumSynth: Make the parsing logic safer
  • macOS: Disable soundio on for stability
  • Allow sample track clips to be resized smaller than one bar
  • Don’t require X11Extras on Linux when VSTs are disabled
  • Allow recording chords directly from the piano-roll
  • Fix more issues with ZynAddSubFX and/or VSTs related to automation
  • Better default sounds for Nescaline and Freeboy
  • macOS: Add shortcuts for inserting bars, deleting bars and deleting notes on Apple keyboard
  • AudioFileProcessor: Better tooltip for ping-pong loop
  • VST: Add VST always-on-top config option
  • VST: Ensure VST windows show properly in taskbar
  • VST: Don’t show error when loading empty VeSTige instance
  • Equalizer: Fix spectrum window formula
  • Equalizer: Use brighter and more opaque colors for the spectrum view
  • Don’t draw note detuning info over the volume/panning area
  • Fix hanging cursor in piano-roll
  • Update splash screen
  • AppImage: Fix JACK detection

Download LMMS 1.2.0

LMMS is available for Linux, Windows and MacOS.

LMMS is available as standalone executable with all dependencies as AppImage which can run on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other distributions. You can download the 64-bit AppImage using below link.

Once downloaded, you can set executable permission and double click to run.

You can also get the Windows and MacOS installers here.


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