When comparing Metro vs LMMS, the Slant community recommends LMMS for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” LMMS is ranked 9th while Metro is ranked 45th. 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
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Metro's interface only includes essential features.
Metro has exceptional stability.
Pro Very small footprint
Metro's minimal UI and lack of bells and whistles makes it very easy on memory.
Pro Attentive support
When a user reports a bug, it is usually fixed within two days.
Pro Great MIDI editing
One of the biggest focuses of Metro is high MIDI editing capabilities.
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
Uses VeSTige as the VST plugin. It has some bugs but most VSTs work with it.
Pro Multiple languages support
Pro JACK Audio Connection Kit support
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 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 Only works as a master
When a clip or plugin is interacting with a DAW, the master controls tempo, while the slave's tempo is dictated by the master. Metro only has master capabilities, meaning that plugins or clips with a specific tempo will not sync correctly.
Con Program crashes a lot
This happens more frequently when loading VST files.
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.
Con No merging or splicing options
There is no feature that allows you to merge or splice tracks in LMMS.