GarageBand Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to GarageBand for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative 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 many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to GarageBand are FL Studio (Paid), Audacity (Free, Open Source), Reaper (Paid) and Ardour (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 16, 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  over 4 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  over 5 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 about 3 years ago

    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.
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      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 almost 6 years ago


    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.


      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  almost 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  4 months ago

      It's good for recording audio and editing, but doesn't create audio.
      Top negative comment  about 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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    4. 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.
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      Most users think Reaper 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. Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage.
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      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 3 years ago

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

    7. 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.
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      Logic Pro vs GarageBand opinions
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      tijmen Essentially the pro version of Garageband
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    8. Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.
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      Most users think Bitwig Studio is a great alternative to GarageBand.
    9. Make music online by recording vocals, guitars and using loops. Invite friends to collaborate. free and no download is required. Works on Mac, Windows, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Linux and Chromebooks.
      Soundtrap vs GarageBand opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Soundtrap is a great alternative to GarageBand.
      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.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      I don't know it just seems to be a good app of garageband.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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