GarageBand For Windows

So, you can play an instrument, you’ve maybe done a couple of gigs, what’s the next thing? Maybe you need a demo or want to share your ideas with bandmates or just want to save your ideas for later. Sure, there are super simple ways to record into your phone etc. but they are quick & dirty, if you need something a little better, more professional or you just want to take step one into music production, the very first place many people look is GarageBand.

Why GarageBand?

In a word, simplicity. You can spend hours, days, weeks and months YouTubing tutorials for the top DAW’s but at the end of the day, that can be at the expense of creativity. Information and option overload are the main reasons most musical projects die on the launchpad. Which is why most professionals would recommend GarageBand because if gives you enough to record perfectly decent tracks without needing to learn the complexities of professional music production.

The Good, the Bad and the UGLY

Apple being Apple (let’s not hate here, when a resigned shrug will do) require you to have an Apple device to use GarageBand, moreover, when your learning curve reaches its GarageBand Zenith, Apple do have an option to upgrade to their flagship DAW platform Logic Pro X and you can relatively easily convert GarageBand projects to the Logic Pro format and continue to finish your tracks that way.

No Mac no Dice

It is true that without a MAC you can’t officially use GarageBand, also even if you do an upgrade to Logic Pro X plus some plugins will cost you close to 400 bucks.

So, what are your options?
  1. Remortgage your house to buy a Mac
  2. Go the virtual machine route on a PC (here be dragons, MIT diploma required)
  3. GarageBand for Windows