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Garage Band for Windows?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Stu Rose, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. I had a good Mac now dead, is there anything like GB for Windows 8 that people like?

    Won't be getting a new Mac for quite a while.
  2. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    Free, Audacity is close, but I don't think it has all the same features (definitely no MIDI).
    Cakewalk Music Creator 6 is on Amazon for $30 last I checked.
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Audacity is free and pretty easy to use. I have never had any luck laying down multiple tracks and getting them to line up correctly, but I am sure that is more to do with me not knowing what I am doing, than the software itself. I use it to record sound samples of my bass and guitar builds. It works great for what I use it for.
  4. Audacity yeah.
    I use Ableton Live when I record ideas. It has midi and direct recording.
    I program drum tracks in Fruity Loops.

    Neither Fl Studio nor Ableton are free, doesn't mean I didn't get them free.
    Ableton Live Lite Fender edition is what I have, got it with my Fender Mustang.
  5. Reaper isn't free, but it's uncrippled when you try it. And it's a really powerful program.
  6. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    I've used Mixcraft. It's pretty good, but no garageband. I like garageband so much, I bought a mac just for it. because the truth is........i absolutely hate macs for everything else. That's how much i liked Garageband (i only got to try it in the first place cause my gf had a mac that since passed...) It's nice anyway to have a computer dedicated only to recording. But yeah, i don't know audacity, but i'd reccomend Mixcraft. I still use it to make beats with Superior Drummer.
  7. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    REAPER's the best DAW at the best price I've used on any platform. Hands down.
  8. Word!
  9. And it's cheap!
  10. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Reaper is great.
    It also runs on a Mac if your ever go Back
  11. Ed P

    Ed P

    Aug 4, 2007
    Another thumbs up for Audacity.
  12. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned

    Audacity can record, but you'll want Reaper if you want amp/ effect models, loops, and digital instruments.

    Why won't you get another Mac?
  13. I like MACs don't have the $$ right now, a lot of expenses. Plus I just bought a new bass coming next week, just finished being built. Lull M4V :D
  14. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Lots of opinions on DAWs. I've used Audacity and others. Now I'm a big fan of Presonus Studio One. They offer a free version that's pretty versatile. $100 buys you a huge upgrade with tons of effects and instruments. Basically it gives you the power of ProTools or Logic that is much simpler to use. And without the headaches you often run into with hardware glitches. Studio One works on about any Windows machine.

  15. DIY Hackbook instructions:
    1. Acquire Mac Installer cd. (Or burn your own)
    2. Wipe pc hard drive, reboot with disc inserted.
    3. Install OSx.
    4. Enjoy!

    More detailed instructions to be found thru Google.
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Reaper is lightyears better than Audacity. My cell phone has better recording capability than Audacity :)
  17. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Audacity is a wonderful wave editor. If you're simply looking to record a sound and then do very minor editing, Audacity is very simple to use and powerful. I tend to use it to trim tracks and prepare them for entering into a DAW project. When I was studying for my degree, I used Audacity extensively for quick and accurate wave editing.

    For the DAW, I use Reaper. I take my edited wave files and arrange them in Reaper. I have a paid-for version. It's identical to the trial version. No complaints whatsoever, it's very good. Until I bought Reaper, I'd been using Logic for about 8 years and had used every version from 5 to 9.
  18. Another vote for Reader!
  19. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    At this point I don't really miss my Mac much, but I definitely miss Garage Band. I tried Reaper and couldn't get past the GUI. I ended up getting Cubase and after some initial pains I'm now using it at the same level I used GB and I'm pretty happy with it. The Steingberg CI2 interface is cheap and comes bundled with a lower-level version of Cubase that works just fine.
  20. thewildest


    May 25, 2011
    hmmm.. what is "Windows"?

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