When comparing SAWStudio vs LMMS, the Slant community recommends LMMS for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” LMMS is ranked 9th while SAWStudio is ranked 30th. The most important reason people chose LMMS is:
-interface look like FL Studio interface -main workspace for composing and editing melodies and harmonies is piano roll
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Pro Incredibly fast and small since much of the code is written in assembly
It weighs just over 5 MB while sill being full-featured.
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
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.
LMMS works on Linux, Windows and OSX.
Pro VST Support
Pro Multiple languages support
Pro JACK Audio Connection Kit support
Pro MIDI controllers support
Pro LADSPA plugins support
Pro VST plugins support
LMMS is lightweight enough to be run off of a flash drive.
Pro Works with many VSTs and effects
Con Very expensive
SAWStudio is now $1200, SAWStudio Lite is $600 and SAWStudio Basic is $300
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.