What is the Windows XP version of Garageband?
February 20, 2010 9:13 AM   Subscribe

What Windows XP-compatible software is closest in feel and functionality to Garageband? Apple's music making package is one of the things I miss about my old Mac, but for now I am stuck with working on two PCs. The last AskMeFi question on this was five years ago; I've tried Acid and Audacity and hate them both. Help me get my groove back!
posted by skylar to Technology (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
What do you hate about them? What do you mean by "groove?" Because...they're the closest. Other Windows-based audio software in this vein include Cakewalk Sonar and Adobe Audition (fml CoolEdit Pro).
posted by rhizome at 9:20 AM on February 20, 2010

What about Songsmith? It's close to Garage Band.

Here's an intro video.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:41 AM on February 20, 2010

What kind of music do you make?
posted by mendel at 10:03 AM on February 20, 2010

Songsmith is nothing like Garageband.

I think Steinberg Sequel is the closest thing to Garageband on the PC. Similar to how Garageband is a cut-down, user friendly version of Logic, Sequel is a cut-down, user-friendly version of Cubase, a similarly venerable DAW.

I would also recommend Reaper and Tracktion as alternative recording and music production environments.
posted by Magnakai at 10:10 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

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