This Article is About
garageband for windows
learning curve
producing music
Download Garageband For Windows For Free
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Garageband is music-making software made by Apple. It is extremely popular with amateur musicians, and distributed free with all Macintosh computers as part of the iLife suite of applications. Aside from Garageband, iLife also includes iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and iDVD - all these programs are integrated and work exceptionally well as a creative suite. The only downside is that the entire iLife suite is made only for Macintosh computers, and therefore does not accommodate those of us who prefer to work on a PC.

This means that unfortunately, there is no such thing as an Apple version of Garageband for Windows. The good news is that a number of software developers have stepped in to create excellent, viable alternatives to Garageband for Windows users.

The top five Garageband for Windows contenders are:

  1. Mixcraft by Acoustica
  2. Sony ACID Music Studio
  3. FL Studio (Fruity Edition)
  4. Ableton Live Intro
  5. Audacity by Sourceforge

I spend my working life dividing my time between both PCs and Macs, and have extensive experience in the use of Garageband. I have tested out all of the above software packages, and strongly believe that Mixcraft 5 by Acoustica is by far the closest PC software to Garageband for recording, editing and producing music. Music Studio and FL Studio are good, but both are definitely more complex to navigate and involve a much sharper learning curve; Ableton live Intro is usually over the US$100 mark without being notably better and is therefore less affordable than all the other Garageband alternatives; and finally Audacity, while being open source and free, is essentially baseline recording software that's good for podcasting but just not built for the rigours of full music production.

Mixcraft, on the other hand, ticks all the necessary Garageband for Windows criteria, namely:

  • most importantly, like Garageband it is simple to use so you'll be up and running much faster
  • it is inexpensive (retails for around $80)
  • it has a visually intuitive and professional-looking interface
  • it comes with a custom library holding over 3000 built-in beats and loops
  • it allows you to record multiple MIDI and audio tracks simultaneously
  • it produces excellent results

One of the best things about Mixcraft is that you can download a free trial of the software to test it out thoroughly until you're satisfied that it meets your music recording needs. I think it's the sign of a quality product that Acoustica allows you to test-drive Mixcraft before you buy. It's a safe and smart way to confirm for yourself whether or not Mixcraft really is the Garageband for Windows alternative you've been looking for.

Street Talk


  about 3 months ago
You May Also Like
Garageband for Windows - What to Look for In A Garageband Alternative for Windows
I would be fabulously wealthy if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if there's a version of Garageband for Windows. Garageband is a much-lauded music software program developed by Apple. It was first released in 2004 and though it has undergone several iterations in recent years,…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   May 21, 2013  
  Likes: 7

Technologies the Developers Of Varied Software Business Across Major Industries
Yumasoft is an esteemed outsourcing company that offers consulting, management, development, deployment, maintenance and support for custom software solutions catering individual business needs. The main branch is in USA with development branches in Russia, Belarus and India. The company deliver services like software solutions, web solutions, business automation solutions and…
By: YumaSoft in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jul 29, 2014  
  Likes: 0

What Are Peculiarities Of Modern Mobile Applications?
At present we witness formation and evolution of mobile technology. Specialists in web site testing, desktop testing and mobile application testing notice that current evolution of mobile software products reminds evolution of desktop programs in 1990s. Among the Resemblances Are: - struggling with poor and unreliable networking connection; - shortage…
By: QaTestLab in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jul 29, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Sap User Experience - User Led UX Design From Ciber
In today’s world of SAP user experience, (UX) design needs to be user centric. design approaches need to be driven by a focus on simplifying the interface so that things are easier for the user. This will create the best UX possible. Designers and strategists should embrace an agile approach…
By: Carl Adams in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jul 29, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Converting Gif File Into Dwg
When you think of converting GIF file into DWG, one question might struck to your mind. Why do we need this? Here, this article might help you to understand this in better way. There was a time when images were drawn on paper only and later a time came when…
By: Laxmi1 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Nov 28, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Reasons Inducing Pdf to Dwg Conversion
PDF to DWG conversion is also known as paper to CAD conversion or paper to DWG conversion. There are many reasons inducing to convert PDF into DWG as later is native of new technology called CAD which is an acronym for Computer Aided Drawing or Computer Aided Drafting. Converting files…
By: Laxmi1 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Nov 15, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Middleware Technologies for Technical Support
About Middleware: Middleware is Connectivity software that provides services to IT applications beyond those available from the O.S. Middleware makes it easier for IT developers to perform communication and Management of data , so they must focus on the certain purpose of their applications. Middleware provides functionality that the network…
By: sasikanth in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Dec 26, 2013  
  Likes: 1

Real Estate Classified Software
Classified software helps people keep track of the latest deals available in property listings. Property management softwarecontinues to grow in importance and popularity. With the help of property management software, smaller companies can employ functions as efficiently as those used by larger companies. Online property management softwarehas become a major…
By: criscare in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Nov 26, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Tips for Better Corporate Business Contact Manager Choices
In the corporate world, organizing your contacts can help you go a long way in getting your tasks completed and outsourcing work. Though service personnel get a number of business cards on a daily basis, they hardly utilize (nor remember) most of the names. Though corporate social networking online web…
By: CARD FILA in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jan 13, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Using Multi - monitor Becomes Easier With Windows 8 OS
The countdown for the launching of the latest Microsoft operating system, Windows 8 has begun as this is expected to be launched towards the end of 2012. After the launch of its beta version a few months back, industry experts have begun analyzing various features that are going to accompany…
By: Brooke M. Perry  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jun 28, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Showworldentertainment, Promoters, Discounts Card, Deals Offers
ShowWorldEntertainment an Advertising & Marketing Company. We do Brand Promotion for our associated outlets. Working since August 2008, We are the promoters of Hotels, Guest House, Resorts, Restaurants, Cafes, Bar and Pubs, Lounge and Discos, Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlor, Multiplexes, Movie Theater, Amusement Parks, Water Parks, Saloon, Beauty Parlor, Spa,…
By: dashkumar in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Feb 03, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Management Of Property Using Software
Management of property is a difficult thing and it is not an easy thing to manage things on your own. There are many people who have been dealing buying and selling of property just as a side business and they have earned a good profit through it. There are many…
By: mikealfred15 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jan 03, 2014  
  Likes: 0

A Drive Through the Growing Popularity Of Magento Developers
The growing success of e-stores has led into a sudden hike in the demand for e-commerce web development solutions. Magento has emerged as an admirable platform for developing e-stores both, simple as well as the complicated ones. Web developers have been thoroughly pleased with the kind of performance that’s been…
By: Mike73 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Dec 30, 2013  
  Likes: 0

How to Choose the Database Management Software?
Data management is very important for any organization hence having the best data management software is very critical decision. Not only from the time saving perspective but it is also important to keep the data safe for later use. Moreover, there are several other benefits associated with the Database management…
By: johnthomas in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Dec 30, 2013  
  Likes: 0

A Leading Vendor Now Offering A Lotus Notes Export to Outlook Freeware Solution
With our lives becoming increasingly stressful with each passing minute, the last thing we want is technology to give us headache. Technology was, in the first place, invented to help the user, not grow more problems for him. And hence, nobody prefers software that’s intricate and complex to use, we…
By: Maria Sibylla in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Dec 11, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 169436    Report this Article