Free Alternative to FL Studio

FL studio (was also known as Fruity Loops) is a fully featured Digital Work Station that you can make all sorts of music with. Even though upgrades are free for life, what if you got a similar program that was free to begin with?

Welcome to LMMS

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LMMS stands for Linux MultiMedia Studio. Don’t let the name fool you though- it’s for Windows too. LMMS is open source as well, and is, of course, 100% free.

What’s cool

LMMS has a similar interface to Fl Studio and can even import FL files! Here is a list of features from the official LMMS site:

  • Song-Editor for composing songs
  • A Beat+Bassline-Editor for creating beats and basslines
  • An easy-to-use Piano-Roll for editing patterns and melodies
  • An FX mixer with 64 FX channels and arbitrary number of effects allow unlimited mixing possibilities
  • Many powerful instrument and effect-plugins out of the box
  • Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources
  • Compatible with many standards such as SoundFont2, VST(i), LADSPA, GUS Patches, and full MIDI support
  • Import of MIDI and FLP (Fruityloops® Project) files



LMMS has striking similarities to Fl Studio, which makes it a viable alternative to the paid FL Studio. I really enjoyed how the interface was very easy to use, and you could get started and create so easily. There is also a easy tutorial to start off with, and I created a full song in minutes.

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Wow, nice article. I’ve heard a lot of Fruity Loops, but this alternative sounds great. Thanks to this article I may try it in the future. :)

– xNarutox

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