GarageBand is a free Digital audio workstation, and music sequencer developed by Apple for the MacOS and iOS. The app was developed as a starter version for Logic X pro – apple’s pro audio software, but it has since then garnered a very wide user base. It is ideal for beginners and professionals alike as it sports a number of advanced features packed in a very minimalistic user interface which makes it very easy to use, even for new users.
As Garageband is Apple’s official app, it’s available to download for Mac, iPhone and iPad. However, there is no official garageband for PC users. Fret not, there are ways you can download garageband for Windows Computer. In this article we will cover:
- How to Download Garageband for PC?
#Through Emulators (such as Bluestacks)
#Through Virtualization software
- Garageband Features
- Alternatives of Garageband for Windows
How to Download GarageBand for PC
Since GarageBand is developed by Apple for MacOS and iOS, an official version for PC is not available yet, but you can still get the software for your PC by downloading it from alternate sources like emulators or virtualization softwares like VMWare.
Let us help you in that- Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you download GarageBand for PC:
To install an iOS software to your windows, you’ll have to use an emulator that will emulate a MacOS for your windows. For the purpose of this tutorial, I am using iPadian, but you can try other emulators too :
- Download the iPadian emulator on your PC ( https://ipadian.en.softonic.com/)
- Once it has been 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 this option. Your download will start now
- Once the download is finished, you can launch the app and start using it.
#Using Virtualization softwares
To use Virtualization machines, you will first need a system that is compatible with AMD-V. There are a number of tools available online that can check compatibility for your system. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using the VMWare virtualizer. Once your system has passed the test follow these steps:
- Download VMWare for your system from their official site.
- Download the MacOS sierra file from Internet.
- Go to the BIOS settings on your system and enable Virtualization
- Now Follow the following path : MacOS Sierra > MacOS Sierra 10.12 tools > Final YouTube Folder > unlocker208 . Here you will find a file called Win-install. Right click on this file and select ‘Run as administrator’
- Now launch the VMWare and click on the ‘Virtual machine’ option
- Now follow the same path as above (MacOS Sierra > MacOS Sierra 10.12 tools > Final YouTube Folder > unlocker208) and select the OS image
- Now click on the ‘edit Virtual Machine settings’ option to change the system resource allocation to the MacOS
- Here you can adjust the processor and RAM allotment, ideally you should allot half of the CPU cores and half of the RAM to VMWare
- Now click on the ‘Play Virtual machine’ option. You will see the apple logo as the OS is loaded
- On the Welcome screen, you’ll be required to put in your country and your keyboard preferences.
- Now sign up for your Apple id.
- After the process is complete, you will reach the Home screen
- You can now visit the App store where you can install and use GarageBand.
The best thing about GarageBand is that you can do both – 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 favourites 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.
Let’s take a 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 sound track. 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 or 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 customisable 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.
Alternatives to GarageBand for Windows (10, 8, 7)
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 incredibly user friendly interface that not only allows you to make new melodies but also to share your work and discover 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, assignment, 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 bundle 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.