Commercial Software

Commercial DAWs and Trackers

Bitwig Studio

  • Bitwig Studio Built on modern foundations, Bitwig Studio offers everything you can expect from a contemporary music creation system. Linear and non-linear workflows for sound design, recording, live performance, and beyond. A complete package with 90+ instruments, effects, and other creative tools.


  • EnergyXT With features such as no loading-time, all-in-one synth, fx and sequencer, drum machine track, high quality time-stretching/pitch-shifting, REX2 and VST plugin support…

Harrison Mixbus

  • Harrison Mixbus is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with “True Analog Mixing”™: a combination of Harrison's world-renowned sound and features in a knob-per-function interface. Mixbus™ provides a solution for engineers and mixers who need a recorder, editor and mixing system with world-class sound and features.


  • Renoise is a modernized music composition and production environment based on the design principles of the module tracker, specifically on the NoiseTrekker software by the late Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius (a.k.a. Arguru). Renoise's modernization expands the basic tracker design into a complete music production environment, with support for FX and instrument plugins, flexible audio output, MIDI I/O, synchronization capabilities, integral instruments, and parameter automation. The Linux version adds support for LADSPA plugins, native Linux VSTs, and JACK. Obviously the Linux version does not support OS-specific features of the Win/Mac releases (VST/VSTi plugins, ASIO), but in all other respects the platform versions are designed to be identical in form and function.
  • Article by Dave Philips from for linuxjournal about Renoise (module tracker) for Linux.


  • REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for computers, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset. REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified.


  • Waveform is a rapidly evolving application specifically designed for the needs of modern music producers. Specializing in creative and inspirational workflows and avoiding features not explicitly needed to allow the app to remain surprisingly fun and intuitive. While other apps try to appeal to broad user groups, for example film score, live sound, performance – we are laser focused on music production.

VST Support

VST's that can be used in Linux come in two flavors:

  • Natively compiled VST plug-ins, also known as LinuxVST's. These are plug-ins that are compiled to run on Linux systems
  • VST's compiled for Windows. These can be used with the help a bridge (wine) and any host that supports Windows VST's.

Commercial VSTs for Linux

  • Airwindows handsewn bespoke digital audio
  • Audio Blast AcidBox bassline synthesizer bassed on a 303 emulation
  • Audio Assault Plug-ins that deliver instant impact and energy to your music with ease and musicality.
  • Applied Computer Music Technologies Ltd Pro-audio DSP software solutions, virtual hardware emulations. Also develop the OverTone DSP range of plug-ins.
  • Audio Damage Creative and experimental tools to musicians, built with the highest quality workmanship.
  • Auburn Sounds Auburn Sounds' mission is to have the largest impact on Electronic Music production, building meaningful products with unprecedented attention to quality
  • Bom Shanka Machines Our on-going mission is to produce useful and (hopefully) innovative plugins for all musicians
  • Cut Through Recordings Cut Through Recordings is a small audio development studio who's primary goal is to add new and innovative products to the market at an affordable price.
  • discoDSP discoDSP offers a wide range of products. Bliss sampler, VA / FM / additive synthesizers, effects and soundware.
  • Harrison AVA Plugins Harrison AVA plugins provide renowned Harrison sound and usability.
  • Illformed Glitch 2 sequencer
  • Inertia Sound Systems Creative audio processing tools for every musician in need of that extra touch of weirdness.
  • Libre Wave High-quality HISE-based virtual instruments by David Healey.
  • Loomer Software is built with a focus on superb sounds, versatility without complexity, and interfaces that encourage creativity.
  • MOK Waverazor synthesizer + Filtryg dual filter effect
  • OvertoneDSP Hardware emulations of the vintage Pultec EQ, Fairchild 670 limiter and more.
  • Pianoteq Modartt's amazing pianos and organs emulation.
  • Renoise Redux Redux is a sample-based instrument, combined with a powerful phrase sequencer.
  • Tal Software High quality instruments and effects with a user friendly interface for reasonable pricing. Our commercial vintage synth emulations are known to be very accurate and authentic
  • Tonelib Standalone multi-effects and learning application aimed at guitarist
  • Tracktion Inspiring, contemporary instruments and DSP effects.
  • U-He We have been designing synths and effects since 2001. Our plug-ins are not only fun to use, but they have more than enough depth to satisfy the most discerning musicians, composers and producers.Our products are labours of love, and it shows. We create the software we would like to use ourselves.
  • Ugritone Drum Samples, Virtual Instruments & VST Plugins. We're all about Old-School Metal/Rock/Hardcore. Bringing back the Classic Sound with a Modern Twist. This is where the tone happens.
  • Venomode World-class powerhouses that unleash your creative potential.

VST Plugins Database

  • Aims to be musician friendly database of linux available software and plugins.
  • Free and Open Source Software Updates and Resources for AV Life.

Tools for using Windows VST on Linux


  • LinVst LinVst adds support for Windows vst's to be used in Linux vst capable DAW's.


  • yabridge Yet Another way to use Windows VST plugins on Linux. Yabridge seamlessly supports using both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows VST2 and VST3 plugins in a 64-bit Linux VST host as if they were native VST2 and VST3 plugins, with optional support for plugin groups to enable inter-plugin communication for VST2 plugins and quick startup times. Its modern concurrent architecture and focus on transparency allows yabridge to be both fast and highly compatible, while also staying easy to debug and maintain.


  • Carla In experimental phase / WIP Plugin bridge support (such as running 32bit plugins on a 64bit Carla, or Windows plugins on Linux)


  • Wineasio provides an ASIO to JACK driver for WINE. ASIO is the most common Windows low-latency driver, so is commonly used in audio workstation programs. (Wine's built-in JACK transport isn't a Windows ASIO driver.)

Apps with VST support

Linux Multimedia Distros with VST support

If you want to work with VST plugins and the like, there are some of the great Linux Multimedia Distros with good out-of-the-box VST support. Most notably:

wiki/vst_support_and_commercial_apps.txt · Last modified: 2022/03/03 16:36 by gootz