GarageBand Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to GarageBand for Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, iPad and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 25+ apps similar to GarageBand.

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The list of alternatives was last updated: 11/25/2018 1:36:00 AM

Alternatives to GarageBand for all platforms with any license

  • LMMS

    LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of samples. You can have fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more; all in a user-friendly and modern interface.

    • Incredibly more complex, not recommended for beginners Guest • Jan 2016 • 18 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More of a learning curve but a great program if you can take the time to learn it. TheBeastJan 2017 • 12 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, has many features, and is easy to get started with. As a plus: it runs on nearly every platform. Guest • Jul 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • The GUI seems to try to mimic GarageBand but fails to replicate the ease of usage for those unfamiliar with LMMS. Guest • 12 days ago Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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  • FL Studio

    FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops) is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer. The program is available in three different editions for Microsoft Windows, including Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, and the Signature Bundle. Image-Line offers lifetime free updates to the program, which means customers receive all future updates of the software for free.

    • This is exactly what I've been looking for. The perfect site with just what I need Guest • Oct 2015 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet

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  • Ardour

    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. NOTE: Ardour source code is freely available but pre-built binaries are commercial free-libre software: users who download from ardour.

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Ableton Live

    Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage. With two views - the classic Arrangement View, where musical ideas are laid out along a timeline, and the unique Session View, where you can improvise and quickly experiment with musical ideas - Live is a fast, fun, intuitive way to make music. What's new: The latest version of Live comes with everything from workflow enhancements to audio improvements.

    • Ableton is a very versatile and powerful alternative. Guest • Mar 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Use for live performances, not really to write/create a song Guest • Jul 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Reaper

    REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, 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. Feature Highlights ----------------------- *Efficient, fast to load, and tightly coded. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • AudioTool

    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. With the flexibility of modular routing and an ever increasing arsenal of sound generators and effects, musicians and sound designers can create practically any sound they can imagine.

    Free Web

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  • Walk Band

    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. You can add the drum beats and guitar chords to your piano melody. Play your favorite music everywhere with your phone. Another fantastic feature, External MIDI Keyboard over USB is also supported.

    Free Android

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  • Reason

    Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. And it's more than just a set of excellent synths and effects. It's a complete music system. Step into the age of Reason. Reason comes with synthesizers, samplers, drum machine, REX file loop player, professional mastering tools, mixer, vocoder, world class effects, pattern sequencer and more. As many of each as your computer can handle.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Sound Forge

    Sound Forge Pro software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering. Whether in the studio or field, it's the ultimate all-in-one production suite for professional audio recording and mastering, sound design, audio restoration, and Red Book CD creation.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Studio One

    Artists of all levels, from beginner to seasoned professional, will find Studio One a serious alternative to the intimidating, bloated offerings currently considered the standards. It's a groundbreaking music creation and production application for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7 that makes audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering ridiculously simple right out of the box.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Qtractor

    Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • WaveShop

    WaveShop is a free, open-source audio editor for Windows XP/Vista/7. WaveShop is fast, lightweight, and bit-perfect, meaning samples aren't altered unless they need to be. Editing a portion of an audio file only affects that portion; the rest of the file is untouched. Blocks of audio can be cut and pasted without changing their contents at all. This is especially useful for patching a finished master without corrupting its dither.

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.14, released in November 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • Magix ACID Pro

    ACID Pro software is a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and legendary ACID looping functionality for a seamless music-creation and post-production environment. More creative partner than production tool, ACID Pro software inspires you like nothing else. With its Transparent Technology design, ACID Pro software removes typical barriers to the creative workflow so you can effortlessly transform ideas into real results.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Anvil Studio

    Anvil Studio is a free Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/98 program designed for people who want to: -- record music with MIDI and Audio equipment, -- compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment, -- sequence music with MIDI equipment, or -- play with music using a computer and sound card.

    Free Windows

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  • Mixcraft

    Mixcraft is a recording studio with effects, featuring Reverb, Delay/Echo, EQ, Compression, Flanger and Chorus, as well as resonant filters and a powerful loop editor. The high performance 32 bit sound engine supports broadcast quality WAV files and will even import compressed MP3, OGG & WMA files. Use it to record your own music, your band or even a remix for a dance recital. Mixcraft is arguably the closest thing Windows users have to GarageBand for Mac OS X.

    • It has many of the same features and actually MORE of other features. But really, buy a Mac. Guest • Jun 2015 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Mixcraft is a great little studio Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • Soundation Studio

    Soundation Studio is the free online music making application that gives everyone the opportunity to make music on the internet. With instant access to music making tools like a loop library, virtual instruments, real time effects, automation, audio recording and editing. You can save, post to web or download your work. If you need more sounds there is an integrated sound shop that offers an array of high quality loops ready to be used directly in Soundation.

    Freemium Web Chrome

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