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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, Audacity, Reaper and Ableton Live.

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 is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsLMMS support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ PortableLMMS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableLMMS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    TheBeast

    More of a learning curve but a great program if you can take the time to learn it.

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

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    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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    not as user friendly as garageband

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

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  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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsFL Studio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with FL Studio based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineFL Studio can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    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

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  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.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeAudacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ PortableAudacity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAudacity support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    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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    it is free and easier to use

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

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

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

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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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsReaper support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableReaper is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingReaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ PortableReaper can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIReaper includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to GarageBand.
  5. Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage.

    ⚫︎ Virtual InstrumentAbleton Live uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with Ableton Live based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAbleton Live support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Almost everyone thinks Ableton Live is a great alternative to GarageBand.

    Ableton is a very versatile and powerful alternative.

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    Use for live performances, not really to write/create a song

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    Ardour

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to GarageBand.
  7. Adobe Audition is an audio editing and post-production suite.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAdobe Audition support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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  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.

    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with Bitwig Studio based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsBitwig Studio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingBitwig Studio supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Most users think Bitwig Studio is a great alternative to GarageBand.
  9. 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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    tijmen

    Essentially the pro version of Garageband

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    Sound Forge

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    Sound Forge Pro software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering.

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