Investing on a new apple device just because of the trouble it takes to get GarageBand for windows? Well, we are here to help and save your money, In this guide, I am going to explain how you can get GarageBand for PC and run it as smooth as it butters in Apple devices.
For all you new curious mind wondering what is even this app, friends- GarageBand is a free Digital audio workstation by Apple. In simpler terms it is a music sequencer developed by Apple for iOS devices. In short, you can be a DJ or a composer, cmon a girl can dream!
Give it a go, try the guide, shoot us in the comments or e-mail if you face any issues and let’s save your money and invest on other necessary things.
Why do you need to follow this guide?
GarageBand is Apple’s official app, it’s available for download free of cost on Apple devices on App store, as Apple has not officially released GB for windows user, it’s not pretty straight how to get it on pc. However, technology grows and we find solutions for the things that are made available to us, so happened with GarageBand , there are safe ways through which you can download GarageBand for Windows 10/PC.
How to download GarageBand for windows?
There are 2 ways to approach this, first you can choose getting an emulator installed and run your GarageBand easily on the iPadian interface; second you can install it via VMWare. If you’re confused which one you should go for, its easy, if you are just going to use GarageBand for easy work just a little tweak or composing I suggest you installing it through iPadian but if you going hams and producing the music in all capacity, go for the VMWare one, its more sturdy works well exporting heavier files and making major changes.
Getting GarageBand on PC Using iPADIAN Emulator-
Let’s start: To install an iOS software to your windows device, you’ll have to use an emulator that will emulate a MacOS for your windows. My preferred choice for running apple’s software on my PC is iPadian, I am using going to install it, but if you want you can try other emulators too:
- Download the iPadian emulator on your PC> CLICK HERE.
- Once it is downloaded and installed, launch the app.
- Go to the Apple APP Store.
- Search for ‘GarageBand’.
- Select the APP from the search results and click on the ‘GET’ -option. Your download will start now.
- Once the download is finished, just LAUNCH the app and start with you composing.
If you need more help, check this video with visual tutorial to get a better understanding:
Getting GarageBand for Windows using VMWare:
First and foremost, you cannot install GarageBand on PC using any android emulators, for example: Bluestacks, Genymotion, Droid4X, Nox App Player. You need to install VMWare and then proceed with using the composing app because all these emulators are very popular but they don’t allow this exclusive to Apple app on PC systems.
Detailed process for installing MacOS on your PC:
Now, lets talk about the specifications of your windows PC:
Intel-based Processor: If your system is running on Intel processor-based PC, without any second thoughts go for VMware method.
AMD-V: If you are an AMD user, you must be aware that AMD-processors don’t usually support AMD-V (AMD Virtualization). It is important for your PC to support AMD to run any virtual-OS on your windows PC.
If you are not sure if your system support AMD, go through the guide below and check the compatibility, if it does you’re all set, follow the primary guide ahead.
How to check AMD-V/Intel VT-X compatibility of my PC?
First, you need to check whether your CPU is INTEL or AMD. Start with pressing the key WIN+X that is, press the key win with the X, it will take you to “ABOUT” which will show your CPU processor information.
Once you are aware about your processor, lets now find out if your system has virtualisation enabled, these are the ways how you can check it:
To check Intel VT-X:
- Check Task Manager CPU details
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, Task Manager opens. Go to Performance Tab and select CPU. Look to the bottom right now, if Virtualisation is enabled, you’re all set.
- Securable Tool
This is a free tool easily available to download on the internet, just run it to find out the compatibility.
To check AMD-V:
STEP 1: Download the AMD-V compatibility checker from their official website:
STEP 2: Find the compressed folder, open it via WinRAR.
STEP 3: Go to the folder, open once extracted and run “AMD Hyper-V” as administrator.
STEP 4: You have to enable it from your BIOS. Like my case, Unfortunately, my AMD-processor does not support AMD-V.
For my system, the android emulators might work but they will not function properly as the AMD-v is not enabled.
Installation of MacOS Sierra
DISCLAIMER: First, Go to the BIOS settings on your system and enable Virtualisation.
STEP 1: Download the MacOS Sierra APK file from the button below- (we are trying to get the latest MacOS):
STEP 2: Download VMWare for your system from their official site and install it.
STEP 3: Extract the MacOS folder with WinRAR.
STEP 4: Now Follow the following path : MacOS Sierra > MacOS Sierra 10.12 tools > Final YouTube Folder > unlocker208.
STEP 5: Here you will find a file called Win-install. Right click on this file and select ‘Run as administrator’.
STEP 6: A Window will pop-up, which is a command prompt, which macOS will let the Windows know that changes are made after taking necessary permissions.
STEP 7: Now launch the VMWare and click on the ‘Virtual machine’ option.
STEP 8: Now follow the same path as above (MacOS Sierra > MacOS Sierra 10.12 tools > Final YouTube Folder > unlocker208) and select the OS image.
STEP 9: Now click on the ‘edit Virtual Machine settings’ option to change the system resource allocation to the MacOS.
STEP 10: Select number of Processor Cores (Recommend two, if your processor is Quad-core.)
STEP 12: Select number of RAM, you can dedicate to the VMWare, if your RAM is 8GB, then make it 4GB in the machine.
Once you have adjusted the processor and RAM allotment, you’re set to boot your MacOS.
MacOS Sierra Boot:
- Re-launch VMware workstation 10.
- Now, click on the ‘Play Virtual machine’ option. You will see the apple logo as the OS is loaded. It might take a little while but it will be done in 5-10 minutes max, give it time for the first boot.
- On the Welcome screen, you’ll be required to put in your country and your keyboard preferences.
- Now for the keyboard preferences:
- For now: “Don’t transfer any Information”
- Enable location for better productivity of the apps.
- Sign IN/Create your Apple ID:
If you face any trouble, just go online and create an Apple ID on Apple’s official website, it’s not a difficult process.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Choose the second and move on.
- Select your time zone, which is important.
- The macOS will start setting up, and it usually takes one or ten minutes to complete.
- You are now looking at the desktop which is actually a working MacOS Home Screen, congratulations!
It’s an easy process now, just look for App store on the menu down, open it and search for ‘GarageBand’. Once found, click on “GET” and start with the installing process, it might request you to put in your Apple ID password, put in the password to initiate. Once downloaded, installed, click on the icon of GarageBand and you can start with your music composing.
Best features about GarageBand:
My favourite feature about GarageBand is its VERSATILITY – create music inside the workstation or record real instruments and then edit even that audio. The long list of plug-ins will, in all probability, cover all instruments that you would want to see. And even though it is free and less complicated than the other workstations, GarageBand does not fall behind in its included virtual music instruments, instead it is actually pretty good at that.
My favorites are the features like the synth and the Transform pad that makes GarageBand not only versatile but also offer you a lot of freedom of control and space.
- The scope of range in Loops made available in the Sound Library.
- The ease of compressing, delaying and equalizing tracks without sacrificing natural melody.
- Availability of a number of musical instruments, including native and rare instruments.
- Availability of a Sampler that allows you to create and test new software instrument sounds.
- Musical Typing feature that shows the blueprint of the instrument keys on your screen.
- Auto-Normalizing option that allows for tracks to be exported at maximum volume.
Let’s take a brief look at some of this app’s best features:
You can use GarageBand to record your own tunes and then edit them in the software to produce a soundtrack. You can enhance your track with different tools including reverb, echo, distortion, etc. The software allows you to record at both 16 and 24-bit Audio resolution. With the pitch correction system, you can even add the Auto-tune effect to your audio. In addition, it offers a number of preset effects that you can choose from, or manually create your own one.
2. Virtual Studio technology
In addition to recording with actual physical tools, GarageBand also offers a virtual studio where you can use the software to create tunes within the app using synthesizers and virtual instruments. You can either play live or record a track. For each synthesizer, you can adjust a number of parameters including richness, glide, cut off, standard attack, decay, sustain, and release.
3. MIDI editing
If you were not aware, GarageBand can import and export MIDI files, to and from other Digital audio workstations or other programs without actually converting the file to audio. For MIDI editing, it offers the basic features like piano roll or notation-style editing and playback. To note, you can adjust different aspects of an audio, including pitch, velocity, and duration.
Probably the best feature offered by the software, GarageBand includes various pre-recorded lessons on how to play different musical instruments. The Music lessons cover the basic aspects of playing an instrument and are available for free. For those who want to learn advanced tiers of sound music, basically anything which connects to music, there are Artist lessons which are recorded by some pretty famous musical artists and would require you to make a purchase before viewing.
5. External instruments and Loop packages
Lastly, since GarageBand is pretty popular, there are a number of third party plugins and loop packages available on the internet that are designed specifically for GarageBand and can provide you with more options. Once you decide on choosing this app do not forget, its customizable to the extent music has developed, you can do anything and everything, you just need to use the power of the internet and do it.
About the company- APPLE:
Apple is one name that all of us in the 21st century recognize as THE luxury brand for premium quality hardware devices such as personal computers- the Macintoshes, laptops called Macbooks, smartphone devices- the iPhone line, tablets (iPads), music players and other electronic devices alongside selling its own unique software (macOS and iOS) and providing consumer services like iWork, iLife etc. The company was the brainchild of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne started in 1976 but Wayne left the company soon after joining. The remaining founders with the launch of their second personal computer Apple II that broke through the market for personal computers during its time, made the company a household name. Whether it is the use of GUI in PCs for the first time or the premiere of 64 bit processors used in smartphones, Apple has always been on top of its game in the creative process and the company’s USP includes its unrelenting approach to develop and market only the best available product or service to its users. This also allows them to price its products accordingly and the company now stands at an annual turnover of over $265 billion in 2018. With rumors of Apple venturing into the less expensive category with the launch of iPhone SE2 and settling disputes with Qualcomm to help power 5G smartphones, 2020 is supposed to be an exciting year for the company’s loyal users.
Why you should choose GarageBand?
With Apple creating an app for those wishing to examine the digital space for audio production and editing, it has revolutionized the recording sphere online. GarageBand is Apple’s answer to those who were either intimidated by its professional DAW- Logic Pro X or were simply looking for a more user-friendly and less space taking way to create and build music. GarageBand is one app that familiarizes beginners with the technicalities of audio recording so they are able to work better on their creative processes rather than being absorbed by the newness of such software. It provides a good number of sound effects, range of Loops, variety of music instruments that you can include in your tracks without actually playing them, options for stock plugins, autotune effects as well as a massive choice of editing options- all in one place, to help you develop and explore without much hassle. This is not to say that it is not used by professionals- it supports and helps users engage in quality of production, composition and mixing of files in a way you can release your originals with ease or can export your tracks easily to other professional software like Logic for further control over advanced editing.
GarageBand becomes an easy choice for those looking to generate efficient and easy recordings without compromising on the Genuity of the tracks. It has managed to sway the market, even in the face of other applications and websites like Pro Tools, FL Studio, Audiotool, Cubase etc. (which are available to non-Apple users as well) due to a majority of reasons such as hosting a wider array of options in the range of techniques and audio options available, less bugs and obstacles in the system operations while cutting and mixing, better quality results which users of GarageBand swear by (statistical evidence of high number of loyal users), being free of cost for all macOS and iOS users who wish to delve into the audio industry and inching closer to a professional workstation with every updated version (for eg: the introduction of Flex Time in GarageBand makes it closer to Logic).
All these statements together form the base of making GarageBand the most popular and reviewed app for audio recording and editing without placing it on a pedestal as the only app or the best app for everyone. It has distinct qualities that set it apart from the alternatives in the market and give it an edge as a diverse sound application.
What should you look in a MUSIC COMPOSING APP?
While it can be difficult to pick the perfect app for you, here are a few important feature that you must look for before choosing the one that fits your needs:
- User interface : The first thing that you will notice about any music composing app is its Interface, and your efficiency in creating music depends largely upon it. Therefore, it is extremely important for a music composing app to have an easy and accommodating user interface. The best ones are the ones with a minimalistic design and simplified operations.
- Recording : The next importing feature for a music composing app is the Recording feature. You must be able to record your own tunes and then edit them in the software to create a track. Recording is also extremely essential if you want to use your app for Podcasts. Basic enhancement tools like echo, reverb, distortion etc are an essential, in addition to pitch correction, and auto tune effects.
- Virtual Studio technology : Another important and the most defining feature of a Digital Audio workstation is its Virtual Studio Technology. VST allows you to digitally play a number of instruments live, or record a track with them. With the use of the synthesizers and virtual instruments in the app, you will not require to invest in expensive instruments and the space to store them. For each synthesizer, you must be able to adjust a number of parameters including richness, glide, cut off, standard attack, decay, sustain, and release, etc.
- MIDI Editing : Another feature that makes your investment in a decent music composing app worthwhile is MIDI editing. MIDI editing must include basic features like piano roll or notation-style editing and playback. Further you must be able to adjust different aspects of an audio, including pitch, velocity, and duration. Additionally, it helps if you can import and export MIDI files, to and from other Digital audio workstations or other programs without converting the file to audio. This helps you continue editing you track on different platform seamlessly.
- External instruments and Loops packages : In addition to what the music composing app offers in itself, it is important that it has the ability to expand your options. A goog music composing app must support a number of third party plugins and loop packages that you can use in your tracks as and when you need to. There are a number of external packages offered by various developers on the internet; all you need to do is check your application’s compatibility with these packages.
Essentially, these are the basic features that you must definitely look out for in a music composing app. Remember that each app has its own benefits and lacks, and you must be clear about what features you prioritise as a musician, to be able to pick the best fit for yourself. For further help and a detailed insight on the features of the top music apps in the market, you can checkout our post on the top 10 music composition apps. For further queries, feel free to reach out to us via mail or simply drop a comment below!
Alternatives to GarageBand for Windows (10, 8, 7)
If not GarageBand then what, For those who don’t want to go through the long and tedious process of downloading large alternative platforms fr downloading GarageBand, or those who have already used GarageBand and now wish to try out other DAWs, here’s out top picks for GarageBand alternatives:
1. Mixcraft 8
Compatible with : Windows
Used extensively by professionals, Mixraft’s latest upgrade Mixcraft 8 has successfully fixed any bugs that the previous versions had. Boasting of a new and improved user interface and sound ibrary, with a range of plans Mixcraft offers an incredible next-gen sound engine, Side-chaining and the innovative new sound control feature. You can also easily import and export MP4 videos directly from your phone or camera. Additionally the performance panel can now live record to grid locations.
2. Music Maker Jam
Compatible with : Android, iOS, Windows
Free across all platforms, Music Maker Jam has an incredibly user-friendly interface that not only allows you to make new melodies but also to share your work and discovers others’ wors across genres. Even though used extensively by beginners and novice music producers, you can upgrade to premium to unlock an ever greater variety of instruments and sounds, for more professional use.
Compatible with: Android, Windows, Mac
Offering a free trial before you buy a plan, which is relatively pretty cheap, Stagelight is easy and fast. Whether it’s starting with beat loops as a beginner or going on to create original songs with vocal tracks, Stagelight has found a user base in all producers with varying skill levels. Like GarageBand, Stagelight also offers in-app and online lessons with notes, assignments, overview etc. Or you can also become a teacher and upload your own curriculum. Additionally, it provides cloud access, a loop-builder, timeline, mixer, track freezer and, easy saving, exporting and sharing.
4. FL Studio
Compatible with: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
FL Studio provides four editions i.e. Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, Signature Bundle and, All plugins bundled with different features for you to choose your best fit from, so you only pay for what you use. As old as GarageBand, FL Studio sports features almost similar to GarageBand but provides a user interface that is even friendlier than GarageBand and is more accessible. You can also use the trial version before buying, which is equivalent to the All plugins bundle, and allows you to save your projects too, but you’ll have to purchase the version if you want to re-open saved projects.
Compatible with: Windows, Mac
Not exactly free, Reaper is still much more affordable than a majority of digital audio workstations out there. Even though it doesn’t have a built-in sound Library, it is compatible with a range of file types. It offers a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, along with mixing, processing, editing, etc. Additionally it also provides an open-sourced compatibility with plugin formats. It also offers a 60 day free trial for those who like to try out before buying.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Is there a PC version of GarageBand ?
A: Unfortunately, Apple has only released GarageBand for the MacOS and iOS and an official version for PC is not available. However, you can still download and use the software on your PC, by using alternate sources like emulators and Virtualization softwares.
Q: Can you get a GarageBand on Windows ?
A: Even though there is no official version for Windows, you can still use GarageBand on Windows by using alternative sources like emulators and softwares to download it. These third party softwares can often be harmful for your system and download malware, so you need to make sure that you download reliable versions from reliable sources.
Q: How do I use GarageBand on Windows?
A: To use GarageBand on Windows, you’ll have to download the software using alternate sources, since there is no official version for PC. In this article we have covered two ways of installing GarageBand for PC, using the iPadian emulator and second through virtualization.