When comparing Bitwig Studio vs LMMS, the Slant community recommends LMMS for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” LMMS is ranked 4th while Bitwig Studio is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose LMMS is:
LMMS is available for free with source code licensed under GPL and available on [GitHub](https://github.com/LMMS/lmms) allowing anyone to edit and extend the software as they see fit.
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Pro Supports expressive MIDI - MPE
Makes use of the Seaboard, Linnstrument, Continuum and other modern expressive controllers.
Pro Cross platform and highly compatible
The Bitwig DAW runs on Mac, PC, and, Linux. This DAW also has the distinction of being one of the only DAWs that can run 32 bit and 64 bit plugins at the same time.
Pro Very intuitive/user-friendly
Pro Supports multiple midi instruments on one track
Being able to add multiple midi instruments on the same track is a nice feature. It allows for much easier setup for VSTs like Cthulhu. It's also nice to be able to have multiple instruments setup that can be toggled.
Pro Highly modular
Pro Great modulation system
Pro Open multiple projects
Pro Very efficient preset browser
Pro Touch screen support
Pro Ableton Link Support
Pro Very good integration with Eurorack
Pro You can write your own controller support in Java
Pro State of the art time stretching
Pro Very active development
Pro Plugin Crash Protection
Plugins can be sandboxed
Pro Many high quality free sound packs
Pro Very powerful voice stacking mechanism
Pro Powerful devices/presets/sample browser
Pro Free and open source
LMMS is available for free with source code licensed under GPL and available on GitHub allowing anyone to edit and extend the software as they see fit.
Pro Has the possibility to become a great open-source alternative to FL Studio
-Interface look like FL Studio interface.
-Main workspace for composing and editing melodies and harmonies is piano roll.
LMMS works on Linux, Windows and OSX.
Pro VST Support
Uses VeSTige as the VST plugin. It has some bugs but most VSTs work with it.
Pro MIDI controllers support
Just plug in and play. Plug in the MIDI keyboard before opening LMMS and it'll automatically pick up that you've connected the keyboard.
Pro JACK Audio Connection Kit support
Pro LADSPA plugins support
LMMS is lightweight enough to be run off of a flash drive.
Pro VST plugins support
Pro Multiple languages support
Pro Works with many VSTs and effects
Pro Preloaded with basic VST instrument plugins and modifiers
LMMS comes with a triple oscillator, Gameboy sound emu, NES sound emu added into the software, which makes it easier to create sounds without the inclusion of external plugins. It is very accessible for beginners.
Pricey in comparison with other major DAWs.
Con Unreliable for professional production
Full of random bugs. Bad performance when using many tracks.
Con Very bad performance when working with several tracks
Con UI gets frozen, VSTs crash all the time
Very frustrating to work with.
Con Program crashes a lot
This happens more frequently when loading VST files.
Con No merging or splicing options
There is no feature that allows you to merge or splice tracks in LMMS.
Con Pitch bending could be more native
Sometimes you can pitch bend with the Piano Roll Editor but with many instruments you cannot and are limited to the pitch knob in the main plugin interface.