Free GarageBand Alternatives

    The best free alternative to GarageBand is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to GarageBand and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to GarageBand are Audacity (Free, Open Source), Walk Band (Free), AudioTool (Free) and Ardour (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    1. LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.
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      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  almost 5 years ago

      It does not lag when there’s a ton of sounds playing
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      Incredibly more complex, not recommended for beginners
      Top negative comment  almost 6 years ago

      not as user friendly as garageband
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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

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

    2. 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.


      After being bought by Muse Group in April 2021, Audacity has changed its privacy policy and may collect "Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities’ requests (if any)". It's now considered as a spyware by many.

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      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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      Can record and add tracks but little beyond that
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      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  5 months ago

      It's good for recording audio and editing, but doesn't create audio.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      It's better for editing existing audio than creating new audio.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      you can't create music with Audacity. It's rather about editing sounds. Great for Podcasting
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Audacity is more specifically for music editing rather than creation
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      it is free and easier to use
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    3. 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.
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      Walk Band vs GarageBand opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Walk Band is a great alternative to GarageBand.
      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 over 2 years ago

      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 about 1 year ago

      Because they sound the same
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    4. 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.
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      Most users think AudioTool is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    5. 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.
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      Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to GarageBand.

    6. Cakewalk, formerly SONAR, is a comprehensive audio software for music composition, audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering.
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    7. Tracktion is a multi-platform software for music production, with a modern graphic user interface.
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      Some users think Tracktion is a great alternative to GarageBand, some don't.
    8. Start a jam session - anytime, anywhere! Music Maker Jam is the first app that combines easy music creation with maximum fun. In no time at all you'll be producing your own hits thanks to a huge selection of professionally produced loops and styles!
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      Music Maker Jam vs GarageBand opinions
      Some users think Music Maker Jam is a great alternative to GarageBand, some don't.
      This is just a loop mixing app for non-commercial use only, meaning you don't have the freedom to sell your music or put it on Monetized videos on Youtube.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      As someone else said, it's just a loop mixing app. You could try it out, but I don't think it's worth the time if you're looking to create full-fledged songs that you want to sell.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      This is a loop mixing software that has a big variety of loops that can be purchased in packs. However you get 4 packs of your choice for free. Note: can not save until track is completed.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      • FreemiumProprietary
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      Mix, scratch, sample, record: rock great parties with top-DJ features. Turn your mobile device into a complete DJ system. Mix your tracks in perfect sync, scratch, add effects, loops and more. Automix your songs for non-stop music. Record your set and share it on SoundCloud.
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      Cross DJ vs GarageBand opinions
      Most users think Cross DJ is a great alternative to GarageBand.
      Does not let you sequence audio files
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    9. FamiStudio is very simple music editor for the Nintendo Entertainment System or Famicom. It is designed to be easier to use than FamiTracker, but its feature set is also much more limited. It is targeted at both chiptune artists and NES homebrewers.
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