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GarageBand is described as 'Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star' and is a very popular music production app in the audio & music category. There are more than 50 alternatives to GarageBand for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and BSD. The best alternative is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GarageBand are FL Studio, Audacity, Walk Band and Reaper.

GarageBand alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations or Audio Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GarageBand.
This page was last updated Jun 17, 2022
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Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an...

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  1. LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.

    LMMS vs GarageBand opinions
    Some users think LMMS is a great alternative to GarageBand, some don't.
    TheBeast

    More of a learning curve but a great program if you can take the time to learn it.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    It does not lag when there’s a ton of sounds playing

    Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago
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    Incredibly more complex, not recommended for beginners

    Top negative comment  over 6 years ago
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    MacGuini

    It's the closest to Garage Band for Linux. But it's also far from being comparable. LMMS may be powerful, but it doesn't have the ease of use that Garage Band has. It's professional quality. Which is why this is a horrible alternative to Garage Band.

    Negative comment about 2 months ago
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    not as user friendly as garageband

    Negative comment about 3 years ago
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    The GUI seems to try to mimic GarageBand but fails to replicate the ease of usage for those unfamiliar with LMMS.

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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    Free, has many features, and is easy to get started with. As a plus: it runs on nearly every platform.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. FL Studio (originally known as FruityLoops) is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) offering a complete range of professional tools for everything from audio editing and beat creation to advanced arrangement, composition, mixing and mastering.

    FL Studio vs GarageBand opinions
    Most users think FL Studio is a great alternative to GarageBand.

    This is exactly what I've been looking for. The perfect site with just what I need

    Positive comment over 6 years ago
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  3. Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.

    Audacity vs GarageBand opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Audacity is still a legitimate alternative to GarageBand, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    It's free and easy to use, but doesn't have sample music like FL, good if you are making acoustic music. Not too good for remix or altering acoustic sounds.

    Top positive comment  about 1 year ago
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    it is free and easier to use

    Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago
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    It's good for recording audio and editing, but doesn't create audio.

    Top negative comment  about 2 years ago
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    MacGuini

    As much as I love using Audacity. This is nothing like Garage Band. This is a completely different type of software. Garage Band creates sound. Audacity edits it.

    Negative comment about 2 months ago
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    NevanNedall

    I don't feel Audacity's purpose matches what people are looking for from a program like Garage Band.

    Negative comment 8 months ago
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    It's better for editing existing audio than creating new audio.

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    you can't create music with Audacity. It's rather about editing sounds. Great for Podcasting

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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  4. Walk Band is a music studio (a toolkit of virtual musical instruments) customized for Android. It contains tons of features including Piano, Guitar, Drum Kit,Drum Machine, Bass, Multi-tracks synthesizer etc. All instruments use the realistic instrument sounds.

    Walk Band vs GarageBand opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Walk Band is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    MacGuini

    This is the closest alternative to GarageBand I have found.

    Positive comment about 2 months ago
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    Because they sound the same

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    thebenmix11

    While it doesn't have all of the functionality of GarageBand, it is the closest equivalent that you can get for android. It has a wide variety of instruments and it allows for loops and MIDI. Very complete.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    It's basically just like garageband. You can use a MIDI, you can record tracks, you can use some of their tracks as well.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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  5. REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.

    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to GarageBand.


  6. Make music online with a powerful set of tools ranging from synthesizers and samplers to mixers, delays, reverb and much more. AudioTool is an advanced, collaborative DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) built for the browser.

    Most users think AudioTool is a great alternative to GarageBand.
  7. Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage.

    Ableton Live vs GarageBand opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Ableton Live is a great alternative to GarageBand.

    Ableton is a very versatile and powerful alternative.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    Use for live performances, not really to write/create a song

    Negative comment almost 5 years ago
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  8. Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It runs on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Ardour's intention is to provide digital audio workstation software suitable for professional use.

    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to GarageBand.
  9. Logic Pro lets you translate musical inspiration into professional productions. A range of powerful, easy-to-use features puts sophisticated tools at your fingertips, and complete surround support lets you make incredible, immersive music.

    Logic Pro vs GarageBand opinions
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    tijmen

    Essentially the pro version of Garageband

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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