“You can do a lot with free open-source software, also known as FOSS. Musicians with a yen for Linux are in luck; the array of choices for creating, editing, producing, and publishing music using nothing but FOSS software is staggering.
One way to get your hands on a plethora of audio tools is to run the Ubuntu Studio distro, which comes preconfigured for real-time audio processing and includes every studio tool under the sun. Failing that, there are the ubuntustudio-audio and ubuntustudio-audio-plugins virtual packages in Ubuntu, which will install 54 and 18 specialized packages, respectively. Other alternatives include the Musix distribution and the low-end hardware distro dyne:bolic, but Ubuntu Studio has the largest toolkit in the genre and enjoys the widest support as well.”
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Source: Ars Technica
Ars Technica has put together a guide for those who like to make their own music and don’t have a trust fund to depend on to buy them mixers and the other equipment required to properly lay down tracks. There are several choices of software offered to those willing to take the plunge into the world of Linux powerful enough to let you craft your music properly. The learning curve is steep, much like that of the professional level equipment; the plus is that the quality is also comparable.