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Free GarageBand Alternatives

The best free alternative to GarageBand is LMMS, which is also 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, Walk Band, AudioTool and Soundtrap.

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.
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  1. LMMS icon

    LMMS

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    90 alternatives to 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...

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsLMMS support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    2.  PortableLMMS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with LMMS, by handling note and performance information.
    4.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    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.

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    Guest

    It does not lag when there’s a ton of sounds playing

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    Guest

    Incredibly more complex, not recommended for beginners

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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.

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    Guest

    not as user friendly as garageband

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    Guest

    The GUI seems to try to mimic GarageBand but fails to replicate the ease of usage for those unfamiliar with LMMS.

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    Guest

    Free, has many features, and is easy to get started with. As a plus: it runs on nearly every platform.

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    Audacity

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    131 alternatives to Audacity 

    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.

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    1.  Ad-freeAudacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  PortableAudacity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Support for VST PluginsAudacity support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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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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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    it is free and easier to use

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    Guest

    It's good for recording audio and editing, but doesn't create audio.

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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.

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    NevanNedall

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

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    Guest

    It's better for editing existing audio than creating new audio.

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    Guest

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

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    Walk Band

    19 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Virtual InstrumentWalk Band uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
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    Almost everyone thinks Walk Band is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    MacGuini

    This is the closest alternative to GarageBand I have found.

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    Guest

    Because they sound the same

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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.

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    Guest

    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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  4. AudioTool icon

    AudioTool

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    67 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for MIDIAudioTool includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    2.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with AudioTool, by handling note and performance information.
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    Most users think AudioTool is a great alternative to GarageBand.
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    Soundtrap

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    Soundtrap is a freemium online cross-platform digital audio workstation for browsers that allows users to create music or podcasts. The DAW is operated by Soundtrap AB, which was bought by Spotify in November 2017.

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    1.  Support for MIDISoundtrap includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Soundtrap vs GarageBand opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Soundtrap is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    Guest

    the drums in there are total abominations. double-time swing is impossible. apart from that, it is awesome for dubstep, lo-fi hiphop and everything besides jazz and other genres better portrayed live than imitated.

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    Guest

    I don't know it just seems to be a good app of garageband.

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    Cakewalk

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    109 alternatives to Cakewalk 

    Cakewalk, formerly SONAR, is a comprehensive audio software for music composition, audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering. It features a full suite of high quality audio and MIDI effects and instruments and composition tools ranging from drum sequencer and piano roll...

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsCakewalk support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    2.  Ad-freeCakewalk doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for MIDICakewalk includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    4.  Works OfflineCakewalk can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Zrythm

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    87 alternatives to Zrythm 

    Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and easy to use.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZrythm can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsZrythm support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Zrythm, by handling note and performance information.
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    Spek

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    51 alternatives to Spek 

    Spek helps to analyse your audio files by showing their spectrogram. Spek is free software available for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X.

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    1.  LightweightSpek consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    superluminar

    Spek shows a spectrum; it is a sound analysis tool, nothing for creating music itself.

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    Cross DJ

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    46 alternatives to Cross DJ 

    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. Mus.

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    1.  Music LooperCross DJ supports a grid of musical loops and phrases that you can trigger and manipulate in real time.
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    Most users think Cross DJ is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    Guest

    Does not let you sequence audio files

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    Carla

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    43 alternatives to Carla 

    Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control.

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsCarla support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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