Windows version or equivalent of GarageBand?
August 9, 2004 10:58 AM   Subscribe

What is the best alternative to GarageBand for the Windows side of the universe?

I want to interface with the software using my MIDI controller, and be able to do similar functions to GarageBand.
posted by benjh to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
 
Have you looked at fruityloops?
posted by crumbly at 11:15 AM on August 9, 2004


I haven't used Garageband, but I love Fruityloops. Especially if you have a seperate prgram (for example Sound Forge) to record and edit sound samples with.
posted by drezdn at 11:31 AM on August 9, 2004


I love Fruityloops (now FL Studio) too, but ACID might be a closer parallel to GarageBand.
posted by mmoncur at 11:47 AM on August 9, 2004


Tell us what you want to do with GB first. ACID is similar but (last I checked) doesn't come with the huge sample library and software instruments. FL is great but certainly geared towards pattern-oriented music (not that you can't tell it otherwise) and also doesn't have the sample/instrument library. Live is another good choice but again pattern/loop oriented. If you want something to jam along to, check out more MIDI-oriented fare like Band in a Box or whatever they are calling it these days.
posted by neustile at 12:06 PM on August 9, 2004


I've never tried GB, but my understanding is that it's quite similar to Ableton Live and Acid
posted by soplerfo at 12:24 PM on August 9, 2004


Ableton Live 4 is amazing. It just came out.
It does just about everything.
Even loads up VSTi's now, and has midi/piano roll functionality.

You won't be dissapointed in Ableton Live.

There are demos for all this software.
Download some and see what you like.
People differ in what type of environment they like to make music in, virtually.

Reason is another consideration.
posted by Espoo2 at 2:43 PM on August 9, 2004


The guitar action in GarageBand seems pretty unique. No, am I wrong? I mean the vintage amp simulation.
posted by inksyndicate at 3:24 PM on August 9, 2004


ProTools' AmpFarm and Line 6's GuitarPort provide (Windows-based) vintage amp-modelling.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:43 PM on August 9, 2004


Oh, cool.
posted by inksyndicate at 6:09 PM on August 9, 2004


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