In this article, we will discuss the methods to download Garageband for Windows and Garageband for PC in 2020. Let’s get going!
To all the MAC uses out there – Kudos, you have the official version of Garageband available on your computer. What about the Windows users? Well, you can also download Garageband for Windows 10 now. With our secure servers, it will be a 100% safe install. Keep reading to know all about the music composing app, or click the download button and get the file now.
For all you new curious minds wondering what is even this app, boys and girls- 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!
How do I get GarageBand, finally?
You all know that GarageBand is an exclusive Apple’s app! The question is why hasn’t Apple release an official GarageBand version for PC? It’s difficult to say. Maybe they just want you to splurge all that money into a MacBook?
However our system engineers have worked around a couple of ways by which you can download GarageBand for Desktop. It’s pretty easy and all you have to do is follow the steps in the guide. Our method is 100% safe and secure.
Our 2 leading methods to get the app on PC?
You can get the music composing software on your computer in two different ways.
- Using VMWare- For detailed information read the guide.
- Using iPADIAN.
Which one should you use?
WELL, the answer depends on the complexity of your tasks and specifications of your PC. If you are doing simple composing tasks, iPadian will do the job for you!
But for complex, long hours of tasks on GarageBand, VMware method will be ultra sturdy, and great for you. I also recommend VMWare more because if your system is compatible you face less crash and reduces the chances of losing your work in mid, as the loading time and refresh is light.
Downloading GarageBand for PC using VMWare
You can generally also use Bluestacks, Genymotion, Droid4X, NOX App Player but VMWare is the best fit, according to me. It works 90% of the time, doesn’t crash and faces no legal violations for the same. Also for the heavy lifting composers who export and create tunes in majority of their time, you need to install VMware and run the music composing app on its platform.
Intel-based Processor: If your system is running on Intel processor-based PC, without any second thoughts go for VMware method. To know more, read here.
AMD-V: First of all, read everything about AMD-v here. Now, If you are an AMD user, you must be aware that AMD-processors don’t usually support AMD-V (AMD Virtualisation). 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.
Further going down, we will need to check AMD-V in order to download garageband on pc.
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. You can go ahead with the next step in our guide to download garageband on windows.
How to install MacOS on Windows 10?
DISCLAIMER: As the first step to download garageband for pc, 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, for now Sierra supports the installation, the best):
- Run the “macOS_setup.exe”.
- Accept mandatory permissions and changes to run MACOS on your PC, Once the run is complete- you will be re-directed to a Google Drive link.
- Download the ISO, install it and launch the OS.
- Move to STEP 2, now.
Specifications of the File you download:
GarageBand for Windows- macOS
Windows (All Versions)
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 or for a step-by-step process click>> here.
- 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!
Please go ahead with using the app and creating some kickass music. Also, please tag us or mail us your creation, we would love to write or publish them sending you the credits. After-all, all this research is just for the one song you make which rules the charts.
About Garageband for PC App
GarageBand is an exclusive app and Apple never promotes it because honestly, it doesn’t need it. Its refined, apple keeps on improving the app and quality speaks for itself in such case. For me, windows were not that useful until the top, trustable emulators came into existence and made the games and iOS exclusive apps available for us.
GarageBand became a huge success among music enthusiasts because of simple reasons: It is way more user-accessible in its interface, apple knows how to make an app advanced and still keep it easy enough to make it understandable for every circle of audience. In this app, you can compose, mix and tune high-quality music and use it for your videos, music, theme or even youtube intros, whatever you need. When you start using it, it may become a little difficult for you to understand the UI but trust me it is as accessible as it can be and once you get a hang of it after a few sessions, there is No Looking Back!
Recently, when the company came out with improved rendering and smooth video extraction, it became even easier to run the app on Windows PC.
Why is it exclusive?
We don’t have official GarageBand prototype for Windows PC. Clearly, Apple doesn’t want to contribute to the sales of Windows, I have friends and few fellow musicians buying MacBook Pro, putting that much money just for using this exclusive app. Ofcourse because the app can only work on the products like iPhone to Mac OSX laptops and many people have switched to mac just for this music composing app.
However, that does not mean you cannot have the app on your Windows-PC, check the guide above and create amazing music!
About VMware Workstation Pro-
Available for free, VMware Workstation Pro is the advanced version compared to the old-basic VMware Workstation. While Workstation Pro license costs around 300$, there are some advantages of having Workstation Pro making it to our recommendation such as, you can running Multiple Virtual Machines at the same time makes the networking much better. You can also share the virtual machine as a server.
VMware being the best organisation in creating virtual machine software and for the same reason is the best means to run GarageBand on PC. If you are looking to run this app on your PC, there can be nothing better than VMware.
So, should you invest in a MacBook or iMac, I say try it, give it few months, run it with your windows PC try composing a few tunes. If it works well for you, you saved yourself some bucks and if it is crashing much go on and buy yourself the apple device to support your passion.
Downloading GarageBand for Windows 10 using iPADIAN
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:
- Open GOOGLE CHROME.
- Download the iPADIAN emulator from the above button.
- Run the “file_setup”.
- Accept permissions, Once the run is complete- the software will be downloaded.
- Find it in DOWNLOADS of your browser, install it and launch the app.
- Go to the Apple APP Store in iPADIAN.
- 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:
Are there any good GarageBand for PC Alternatives?
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 the music composing app, or those who have already used it 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’ works 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
Next is our list of Garageband for Windows alternatives we have STAGELIGHT. 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 for Computer?
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 for Desktop?
A: To install GarageBand for your windows pc, 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 on desktop, using the iPadian emulator and second through virtualisation.
Q. Can I find apps similar to GarageBand?
Ans: Ofcourse, There are few good ones which work as smooth and are as responsive as Apple’s composer, Scroll up to our review on this page and find them explained in detail.
Q. So, GarageBand is a DAW?
Ans: Well yes, GarageBand is free DAW which is an abbreviation for digital audio workstation. It is an app which means it comes under the category of a software that can be used for composing, producing, recording, mixing and editing audio like music, speech and sound effects. Known for the most accessible interface for a user to use and learn and still stays the most advanced for helping commercial composers, it still stays a number one choice even after many good alternatives surfacing the market. If you need more information about DAW’s click here and if you need to know leading DAWs click here.
How to finish the installation?
According to my opinion, installing macOS on your Windows PC via VMWare is easy. You’ll follow this guide and it will be through. Once the installation is complete, go to the VMWare store(it won’t be confusing because it is quite similar to the Google Play Store) and download the APP on your device. VIOLA! You’re ready to compose for yourself now.
Hope we have helped you in your quest to download Garageband for PC. Create the best music with lots of effects, tones, sounds, frequencies and be the best musician out there with the garageband for Windows file.