Free GarageBand Alternatives

    GarageBand is described as 'Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio'. There are more than 50 alternatives to GarageBand for various platforms. The most liked alternative is LMMS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GarageBand are Audacity (Free, Open Source), Walk Band (Free), AudioTool (Free) and Ardour (Freemium, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Dec 16, 2020

    • LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to GarageBand, some don't.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      Incredibly more complex, not recommended for beginners
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      Negative comment about 5 years ago 29 users agree and 9 don't

      not as user friendly as garageband
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      Negative comment almost 2 years ago 14 users agree and 1 doesn't

      More of a learning curve but a great program if you can take the time to learn it.
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      Positive comment about 4 years ago 15 users agree and 3 don't

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    • Audacity is a free, open source, and cross-platform audio and music editor.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • LAME
      It's good for recording audio and editing, but doesn't create audio.
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      Negative comment 8 months ago 3 users agree and 1 doesn't

      Audacity does not have preset beats or mixes
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      Negative comment almost 2 years ago 9 users agree and 1 doesn't

      Audacity is more specifically for music editing rather than creation
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      Negative comment over 1 year ago 14 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • Walk Band is a music studio (a toolkit of virtual musical instruments) customized for Android.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to GarageBand.
      • Free
      • Android
      It's basically just like garageband. You can use a MIDI, you can record tracks, you can use some of their tracks as well.
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      Positive comment almost 2 years ago 7 users agree and 2 don't

      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.
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      Positive comment 6 months ago 0 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • Collaborate and make music in your browser with a full-featured, modular music studio.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    • Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. Record, edit, and mix on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    • Looplabs is a collaborative cloud based music studio that lets anyone, regardless of skills or ability, easily make professional quality music anywhere, anytime and with anyone. For Free. Stocked with tens of thousands of royalty-free sounds to use.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    • Comprehensive digital audio workstation for music composition, audio editing, mixing and mastering.
    • Tracktion is a multi-platform software for music production, with a modern graphic user interface.
    • Mix, scratch, sample, record: rock great parties with top-DJ features.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to GarageBand.
      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Does not let you sequence audio files
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      Negative comment over 5 years ago 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • Start a jam session - anytime, anywhere!
      Some users think this is a great alternative to GarageBand, some don't.
      • Freemium
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      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.
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      Negative comment over 3 years ago 2 users agree

      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.
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      Negative comment over 1 year 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.
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      Positive comment about 4 years ago 0 users agree and 1 doesn't