Investing on a new apple device just because of the trouble it takes to download GarageBand for windows? Well, we are here to help and save your money. In this guide, I am going to explain how you can download GarageBand for PC and run it as smooth as it butters in Apple devices.
For all you new curious minds 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!
Why do you need Garageband for PC?
GarageBand is Apple’s official app, it’s available for download free of cost for Apple devices on the App store, as Apple has not officially released GB for windows users. 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.
How to Download Garageband for PC – A Brief
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, it’s 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 are going hams and producing the music in all capacity, go for the VMWare one, it’s more sturdy, works well exporting heavier files and making major changes.
Getting GarageBand for Windows PC Using iPADIAN Emulator
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 from its official website.
- 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 you can start composing music.
If you need more help, check this video with visual tutorial to get a better understanding:
Getting GarageBand for Windows PC using VMWare
As mentioned, for lightweight work – you can use these emulators: Bluestacks, Genymotion, Droid4X, Nox App Player. However for heavy lifting, you need to install VMware and use it for getting the music composing app.
Detailed process for installing MacOS on your 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 supports 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 11: 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!
Now you can install the app and start using it.
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 for 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 library, 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 Virtualisation 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 virtualisation.