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    Posted: October 10 2011 at 16:35
I've just seen an acquaintance of mine briefly using Garageband on a Mac. I believe that Garageband comes as a free application with a Mac in the same way that Minesweeper comes with a PC. I'm not prepared to cough up the thick end of 1000 ($1500) for a Mac when I already have a PC. So, is there an equivalent to Garageband for a PC that I can go out and buy?
I hope this hasn't already been covered - I did look at previous posts, but you can only go so far back!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote John McIntyre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2011 at 17:42
I know, I'm answering my own question, but a friend of a friend says that a near equivalent is CUBASE (pronounced Q-base or Cube ace) by someone called Steinburg. He says he's going to give me a copy to try.
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Yeah to be honest other than it's initial easy learning curve Garage band is really nothing special.  In fact it is quite limiting when using real mics, the graphic equalizer is horrible, and it just has so many limitations when using REAL instruments and no direct input midi.  Cool Edit Pro will give you as much control over your sound files as you could ever imagine, very great 32 band EQ (maybe a bigger one, but I forget).  However I did used to load my already mixed files into garage band and fix the levels/panning throughout, but that can also be done in Cool Edit Pro. 
Which of you to gain me, tell, will risk uncertain pains of hell?
I will not forgive you if you will not take the chance.
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And I am envious of your being 1/1,800 people with an M400.
Which of you to gain me, tell, will risk uncertain pains of hell?
I will not forgive you if you will not take the chance.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mono Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2011 at 09:22
I think you're looking for a sequencer to start with.
Cool Edit Pro is indeed a great way to start.
It's simple, fast, and quite solid. Its editing interface is also much easier to use than other 'sophisticated' DAWs.

You would also find Magix Music Studio at a fair price and pretty easy to use.

If you plan to go advanced pretty quickly, a good choice is Cubase Essential 4 or 5.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote John McIntyre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2011 at 16:55
Originally posted by mono mono wrote:

I think you're looking for a sequencer to start with. Cool Edit Pro is indeed a great way to start.
It's simple, fast, and quite solid. Its editing interface is also much easier to use than other 'sophisticated' DAWs.
You would also find Magix Music Studio at a fair price and pretty easy to use.
If you plan to go advanced pretty quickly, a good choice is Cubase Essential 4 or 5.
The acquaintance using Garageband (let's call him Taff!) got hold of Cubase 4 AND Cubase 5 and has given me CDs of both. I'll bear Cool Edit Pro in mind. I have heard of it, without knowing what it is. Magix Music Studio is new to me. Taff also mentioned Sony Creative Studios.
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And I am envious of your being 1/1,800 people with an M400.
Bear in mind that I'm talking about the ORIGINAL 1800 made by Streetly from 1969 - 1987. Mine is serial number 360, dating from 1970. A lot of the 1800 were scrapped by their owners due to their fragility. Rick Wakeman torched 2 of his M400s in his garden at his then home in Switzerland on 5th November 1982. Also, Streetly had to rename their Mellotrons as NOVATRONS, cos of a legal cock-up in the USA.. To complicate matters, someone in Canada (Markus Resch in Calgary???) continued to make Mellotrons to the original spec, AND someone in Sweden did the same thing.
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Mixcraft by Acoustica does much the same thing in a slightly lesser quality.
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Originally posted by John McIntyre John McIntyre wrote:

I've just seen an acquaintance of mine briefly using Garageband on a Mac. I believe that Garageband comes as a free application with a Mac in the same way that Minesweeper comes with a PC. I'm not prepared to cough up the thick end of 1000 ($1500) for a Mac when I already have a PC. So, is there an equivalent to Garageband for a PC that I can go out and buy?
I hope this hasn't already been covered - I did look at previous posts, but you can only go so far back!

You don;t have to go and buy a paid version of garageband for windows because there's isn't any. Use vmware to install macos on your windows pc and then install garageband on the virtual machine
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Davesax1965 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2018 at 09:25
Your (most likely cracked) copy of Cubase which your friend has given you piddles all over Garageband from a great height. 

Cubase is massively expensive. Try www.reaper.fm .
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Boojieboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 16 2018 at 14:00
I use GarageBand for my own original multitrack recordings, prog and otherwise.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TiddK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2018 at 09:42
Logic Pro is the musician's choice over Garageband. GB is great for beginners and the like, but it would be like a photographer using iPhoto instead of Lightroom - no contest!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote flyingveepixie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2018 at 03:11
I started off using Garageband and found it to be ok but a bit restrictive.  I now use Logic pro-X for everything and am happy with the results.  I tried cubase once briefly a number of years ago but didn't have it long enough to form an opinion although I've heard others rave about it.  I've also tried pro tools too which I've heard a lot of people claim is the industry standard by which all others are measured,  but again only briefly..

Never tried reaper or any of the others mentioned so far in the thread.
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$ is what keeps me from upgrading to Logic Pro. But....... I'm a long-time musician, and find that GarageBand does everything I need to produce professional recordings, even of prog. music.

Limitations need not get in the way. Even folks like Eno used limitations to their benefit. It's something to only work around, not to be an obstacle.


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As I keep saying, Reaper is free. ;-)
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