What are the best alternatives to GarageBand?

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    #1Mixcraft 8

    Mixcraft 8
    Mixcraft 8 is a digital audio workstation that features advanced routing for audio and MIDI, native sidechaining, and Audio Control. It also has a panel for live performance panel recording, nested submixes, track groups, and more.
    Software

    Windows

    $89.95- Varies by plan

    Bobby Austin
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Mixcraft is a great tool for any serious musician. There have been issues in the past which seem to have been corrected on the new Mixcraft 8. This is actually fun to play with and so easy to use. Unlike some products, you don't need a degree in sound engineering to do really cool things. They definitely have a customer for life!"
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    #2Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam is a music creation application and software that also lets users share and discover tracks across a wide variety of genres. They can pick a loop, beat, or melody to start mixing your new track.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Matthew Graham
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "Music Maker Jam is an ingenious application that lets the user make his own mix and tracks from a wide range of genre. This app is very useful to me when I want to make some exciting tracks during parties so as to impress my friends and grow my skills as an amateur DJ. "
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    #3LMMS

    LMMS

    LMMS is a free and open-source digital audio workstation software. It is for creating melodies and synthesizing sounds for arranging samples. It also has a user-friendly MIDI keyboard along with presets and samples. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Diane Stevens
    Written on March 27, 2017
    "My son wanted to get into making his own music, and I didn't want to invest a lot as teenagers change their minds like the wind changes directions. Everyone suggested GarageBand, but we are not an Apple household, so I went looking for reasonably priced alternatives. Well, if "reasonably priced" can be interpreted to mean "free", I found a real winner in LMMS. My son says it does everything he wanted it to: good synthesizer , plenty of samples and mix options, and more plug-ins than he frankly knows what to do with. This is a really great product for people just starting out."
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    #4Stagelight

    Stagelight

    Stagelight is an easy and fast tool for creating music. Whether users want to make beats, mix loops or create full songs with vocal tracks, this track can be used by people with different skill levels.

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac

    $14.99- Free trial available

    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on September 10, 2018
    "This is good for beginners who are just starting up in the industry. They can start with beat loops before taking it to the next level and I think this will greatly help them."
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    #5FL Studio

    FL Studio
    FL Studio is a Digital Audio Workstation developed by Image Line Software BVBA. This software features a multi-track recording, sequencing capabilities, and other music-mixing effects. It also has a customizable virtual keyboard and drum.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $99- Varies by plan

    Enrique Vega
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I have been making beats for probably 10 years, maybe even longer. One of my all time best alternatives to GarageBand is easily FL Studio aka Fruity Loops. It has everything you can want and need in a beat maker. You can even get more packs and add everything you need. I would HIGHLY recommend it. You won't be disappointed. "
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    #6Ableton Live

    Ableton Live

    Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software program developed by Ableton for Windows and macOS. Released in February 2018, this software won the DJ Award for DJ Software Performance Tool.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99- Varies by plan

    Rosa María Villalobos
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Ableton Live is a good platform to create music and certainly a great alternative to GarageBand. But if you're not a professional, there are much less expensive and much less cumbersome software available to you."
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    #7Reaper

    Reaper

    Reaper is a digital audio production application that offers a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset, as well as an open-sourced compatibility with plugin formats.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $60- $225

    Peter Zhang
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This is a great online tool for the recording amateur to perform relatively decent recordings at home with the tools to make it versatile. I can see using this for creating projects without spending a fortune at professional recording studios. I don't expect the same professional results, but this is okay for laying down personal tracks that are not meant for commercial release."
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    #8Cubase

    Cubase

    Cubase is a software that turns your computer into a complete production system for recording, editing and mixing audio and MIDI tracks. Choose between Cubase Elements, Cubase Artist, and Cubase Pro depending on your music creation needs.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $559.99- Varies by plan

    Emma Aguilar
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "Music takes feeling. Anyone can start out with GarageBand, but for some of us, namely me, it just wasn't right. I didn't like the feel of it and I didn't like the latest update, so I started looking elsewhere. When I stumbled onto Cubase, I found my feel. It goes from basic music mixing to completely professional sounds, and the features are so well-made that it's an experience, not work, to perfect your music. Try it - Cubase will have you feeling the groove like me!"
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    #9Avid Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools
    Avid Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation that has up to 128 audio tracks, 512 instrument or MIDI tracks, and over 60 plug-ins users can use to mix and edit audio. It was released by Avid and can be installed on Windows and macOS computers.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $24.92- Varies by plan

    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "There are a lot of different tools for audio editing and music creation. This one costs money. I would look into some of the cheaper or free solutions first. This does offer some things that other tools don't have, so I would suggest at least looking into it. "
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    #10Audiotool

    Audiotool

    Audiotool is a free music production studio online that users can access in their browsers. All of their tracks, samples and presets are stored on the Audiotool servers and are accessible from any browser.

    Online Tools

    Free

    William Brooks
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "The best part about Audiotool is that it's browser based, so wherever you are, you can get your project. It's not as robust as a desktop based app would be, but for making music on the go, there's really no other competition."
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    #11Music Maker

    Music Maker

    Music Maker is a digital audio workstation (DAW) by Magix which features various sounds, instruments, presets, and other premium audio effects for better music creation experience. Software versions include Free, Plus, and Premium.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Barbara Smith
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "I agree this is a good alternative for Garageband. Been using this to produce music more than GB. "
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    #12ACID Pro 365

    ACID Pro 365

    ACID Pro 365 is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software platform which features 16 analog synths, techno beats and other instruments, vintage compressors, 9 GB of built-in ACID loops, and other analog audio tools.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Varies by plan

    Scott Moore
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "I must say I find this better than Music Maker"

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to GarageBand
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mixcraft 8Software 16 Paid
2Music Maker JamApps 15 Free
3LMMSSoftware 14 Free
4StagelightSoftware 13 Paid
5FL StudioSoftware 9 Paid
6Ableton LiveSoftware 8 Paid
7ReaperSoftware 6 Paid
8CubaseSoftware 4 Paid
9Avid Pro Tools Software 2 Paid
10AudiotoolOnline Tools 1 Free
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