Garageband on a PC?

Posted in Audacity, Cakewalk, Garageband, M-Audio, Magix, music creation by Tony C on May 10, 2007

I wish.  If there is one Mac application I’d like to see on a PC it would be Garageband, if I’m honest it’s the major if not only reason I’ve toyed with the idea of a Mac, the ability to record Podcasts, play with music tracks, mash a few loops and include some clumsily played riffs of my own making satisfies the creative itch.  Garageband is free it’s just the £800 Macbook you need to run it on that’s financial roadblock so anything that comes close for Windows would be worth a look. 

Before I start this is not meant to be a comprehensive or in depth look at music creation tools for the PC but just a few of my own opinions based on the conversations and cursory research I’ve done.

 Audacity is a good place to start if you want to just record and carry out some basic sound manipulation.  It’s free however so you don’t get any loops or beats but if you’ve got the inclination you could download the collection of free content from the web, it also does come with any instruments either but as it’s free so you can really complain.

I rather like the look of Magix Music Maker as this seemed squarely aimed at users looking for music creation along the lines of GB, it’s cheap too if you know where to look.  It’s now in version twelve and seems based on spec the kind of tool I’m looking for although as my music tool guru buddy Tim pointed out to me Magix insist on anything you publish having a credit logo attached.  Still at £19 when RRP is £49 it has to be worth a look.

M-Audio a while back announced they would ship Session on it’s own as it was normally only available bundled with the Fast Track USB Midi interface, this was great but a waste if you already had a USB interface.  Well it’s now shipped on it’s own in the US but doesn’t seem to be on the UK site yet…it’s looks like another tool worth a look and the price point is low too at $49.  They still include a small USB interface just in case.

At the other end of the feature/price scale is of course Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio which is probably my favorite so far, it would have to be wouldn’t it?  From the description it’s difficult to see if it comes with a collection of loops, beats and bridges but I’m guessing it does especially in the XL version.  I’ll probably wait until I’ve played with the cheaper tools first or see what eBay throws up.

Rather than find the Windows PC based musician bereft of tools it’s actually the opposite and you’re spoilt for choice.  When I get one or some of these I’ll do a more in depth review type thing.


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  1. aaron said, on June 26, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    I love garage band my parents have a mack but i have a pc and i always wanted to have garageband on it so i could take it to my bands meatings so we could try new beats and shit.

    • not telling said, on January 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

      piret bay bro

  2. Angus said, on November 22, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    is there any way at all of getting garageband onto a pc? or any FREE software equivalent for PCs?

  3. Emma said, on January 15, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    ACID, now owned by Sony is very similar to GarageBand – in fact, the earlier Sonic Foundry versions around a few years ago do the same and more…. you should be able to download a free version… type Acid Xpress into Google and see what comes up. I have Acid Pro 3, the penultimate Sonic Foundry version. Also you can export your files as multiple audio types… better than annoying AAC!

  4. Dan said, on February 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    This article just isn’t complete without a mention of mixcraft from acoustica. This is not only a PC equvalent to Garage Band, its considerably better.

  5. Levi said, on March 17, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    HEY!! There is a 100% FREE program almost exactly like garage band for pc called TrakAxPC. You can download it at

  6. Colm said, on July 3, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Hi, trakAx is 100% free and can be found at

    Its wicked for a free app and you can mix and edit videos and photos as well.

  7. sarah said, on October 3, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    hey is this legal?

  8. lol said, on October 24, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    lol yes noob

  9. fernando said, on June 3, 2009 at 4:31 am


  10. spencer said, on September 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    i want garageband on my pc now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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