In this article, I am going to introduce you to a program called “Garageband” that is available for PC. This will be beneficial for any Windows user that would like to record audio in a DAW (digital audio workstation) without the hassle of buying a mac and having to spend more money on Garageband there. There are many other programs out there, but I have found nothing else as good as Garageband for this purpose because it includes ten instrument-based tracks, which is why it costs an exorbitant amount on the Apple app store ($4.99).
Garageband for Windows PC Download
Along with this tutorial, I am also including some helpful links at the end if your computer doesn’t seem to want to download or install the program. These will give you some tips on how to troubleshoot any problems that may arise while trying to get Garageband up and running on your computer.
Also, if anyone knows where I can get this for free (legally) or if there is an easier way than following these guidelines, please leave a comment at the end of this article so that others can see it too.
Ok, let’s get started!
A little side note before we begin: throughout this tutorial I am going to use terms like “overwrite” or “replace” when working with files in windows explorer because it is the simplest way to explain what you are doing (when using shortcut keys), but depending on what method you use to achieve this task (explained later on), these terms may not apply.
First things first, you need to know:
What version of GB do you have so that we can get the right download. Your version can be found by clicking “Help -> About GarageBand” in GB’s menu bar. The versions are as follows: GarageBand ’11: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher; 32-bit and 64-bit support GarageBand ’05: Mac OS X 10.4 supports 32-bit only; no Intel support GarageBand ’08: Mac OS X 10.3 8F1111a – 10.5 Universal Binary supports both 32 and 64 bit GarageBand 1 for Windows PC: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7 From that point on, I will be referring to GB ’11.
The reason that people are looking for a GarageBand download for Windows is that the latest GB release has all sorts of new features , including SmartMusic integration, amps and pedals in Amp Designer, compatibility with select keyboards by manufacturers such as Roland, Korg and Yamaha in Keyboard Designer, etc., which you would not have access to if your version was older. So unless you have an older version of GB (which still supports only AU-compatible third party Plug-ins), then this article should be helpful. The process can also be used with earlier versions if that’s what you already have installed; it doesn’t hurt at least trying .
With this method, you will install Garageband for Windows PC Bootcamp on your BootCamp partition of your Mac. Then you can use it with both Apple Logic Pro 9 and GarageBand for iOS by just switching the installation base back and forth between C: (Bootcamp) and D: (Apple).
First off, let me say that this is not my idea. I followed the instructions I found at TonsOfVST. The original article highlights using the old GB release 2.0.2 but in my case, I used version 3.1. All the information herein will be based on GB 3.1 but should still apply to earlier versions also with some changes, if any are needed at all.