Anything like Garageband for Windows?

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  1. jtwang

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    I sold my Tascam 4-track a couple of years ago and haven't recorded since then. I'm looking for a cheap, quick and easy way to get things going again.

    Garageband seems user friendly enough and, what's more important, it comes with loads of usable loops and effects. I don't want to spend time and money getting separate recording software and a looking for a bunch of plugins for drums and effects. I just want the essentials in one package - too bad I'm not planning on buying a Mac soon...

    So.. what's the PC equivalent of Garageband?
     
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    Good suggestions. Thanks, guys!
     
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    +1 on sequel..
     
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    Ding!
     
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    Unless they've added it in a new version, no drums in Audacity. And if he meant guitar effects, not all of those (e.g., distortion). Does have things like reverb, delay, etc.
     
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    That's an easy fix. Download Hydrogen for Windows. http://www.hydrogen-music.org/?p=download
    It was originally developed for GNU/Linux but they've ported to to pc and Mac. It's 100% free and you can make all your own drum loops. If you can use a regular drum machine you can use this. There is also additional kits and classic drum machines you can add to its library. Awesome resource for nothing but a bit of learning time. With Audacity you have a very cheap computer set-up to record with. Audacity's effects are quite good. You just need to bring your own distortion.
     
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    bbarnard is correct. I am looking for something that is the whole package, ready to go, pretty much like Garageband for Mac. I spend too much time at the computer as it is and if possible I'd like to avoid with the (endless) hassle/joy of surfing the net for plug-ins, loops, dealing with compatibility problems etc.

    Thanks for all the suggestions though, I will take a look at every one of them.
     
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    the release of the original Garageband was one of the reasons I finally decided to switch to Mac. I never found an adequate equivalent ... but there seems to be new recording software coming out every day.
     
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    Mixcraft was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks.
     
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    Check out Cakewalk's "Guitar Tracks"
     
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    So far for $50. Reaper does it all for pc. Not ready for mac yet but it's getting closer.
    I have the new I-life version of G/band and it seems more comprehensive than the earlier version.(had to upgrade though)
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    The new Steinberg Sequel looks interesting. Also Mackie Tracktion.
     
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