4 GarageBand alternatives for Windows 10

There are no alternatives to exact replicas of GarageBand, but they're still powerful music creation, mixing, and editing tools. Some of the options are even completely free or offer free versions, making them well worth a try.

Though music creators have long been waiting for GarageBand for Windows, Apple doesn't seem to have the intention of letting that happen. For now, you'll definitely need a Mac to use the tool. But that doesn't mean you can't use the GarageBand alternatives for Windows 10, if you're a Windows user and don't want to switch systems.

1. LMMS 

LMMS, formerly Linux MultiMedia Studio, is a completely free advanced music editor. This open source software is compatible with Linux, Mac, and Windows.

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If you are new to music editing tools, there is a bit of basics to learn. However, as you learn how the tools work, you will be able to make the most of many features, such as:

  1. Compose, arrange and mix music
  2. Use the Piano Roll Editor to create chords, notes and patterns
  3. Use built-in effects, beats (rhythms) and instruments
  4. Import Hydro and MIDI files
  5. Supports MIDI instruments or percussion keyboard
  6. Enhance functionality with plugin support
  7. Various effects, such as distortion (intentional distortion), reverb (reverb effect), and bass boost
  8. Automation is user defined and computer controlled

It's completely free and you'll find that you can turn ideas into reality and customize the music as you like.

Download LMMS here

2. Audacity

Audacity has long been one of the popular GarageBand alternatives. Like LMMS, Audacity is a free and open source tool. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Audacity isn't quite as powerful as GarageBand, especially in the absence of built-in instruments and sounds.

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However, Audacity allows you to record audio from audio recordings, microphones and mixers. You can easily record tracks and upload them to Audacity for editing, mixing, etc.

There is support for a variety of file formats, both for import and export. You can even combine multiple files into a single project. Not many effects are included, but enough to edit your work in studio quality. Alternatively, you can do it for free.

Download Audacity here

3. AudioTool

If you don't want to download anything, Audiotool serves as one of the best GarageBand alternatives. All are online and accessible from a browser. This also means it's cross-platform.

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One of the main benefits is that your work is always available, no matter what device you're using. As long as you're online, you're ready to create and match sounds to taste. Not only can you use thousands of available samples, but you can also upload your own recordings of musical instruments and vocals.

The mixing and editing controls are fun to use. Classic interface makes them more user friendly. However, the best part is that users can easily collaborate on projects because everyone can work from anywhere at the same time.

You will find more support and more and more samples to use thanks to an active community. With so many tools and tools, it's worth checking out the previous tutorials. Naturally, all of these are free.

Download Audiotool here

4. Soundation Studio 

Soundation Studio is the only option with a premium version. For personal small projects, the free version might be all you need.

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It incorporates some of the best features of all previous GarageBand alternatives to Windows 10, such as:

  1. Ability to cooperate
  2. Many sound effects
  3. A selection of instruments, such as electronic drums and synthesizer
  4. More than 20,000 sample and loop
  5. Create directly in the browser
  6. Powerful audio editor and mixer

As you can imagine, the free version is extremely limited. In fact, you can only work on a maximum of 10 projects. For the full range of features, you'll have to pay $ 6.99 / month. There are also a variety of sample packs and premium sound sets you can buy. Try the free version first to see if Soundation Studio is right for you, before paying for it.

Download Soundation Studio here