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#2927469 - 05/17/18 07:46 AM OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018?
MojoGuyPan Offline
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It's 2018. Is there something yet on the PC comparable in ease of use to Garageband on the Mac? This is for my 10 year old kid by the way who is a complete beginner.

I had a Mac up until 2012 and loved Garageband and iMovie. Switched to PC and haven't looked back until now. My kid is 10 and wants to do some movie editing and compose some sound tracks for his movies. I've tracked down a good iMovie alternative. But the Garageband is trickier.

He's going to want the loops and virtual instruments like Garageband playing them over a MIDI controller. He's not going to need external VST support or anything. Just some play some music over drum tracks, bring in audio files, record narrations. That sort of thing.

I saw some threads from years back but there was no conclusion. Right now it seems like MixCraft 8 might do the trick. What are your thoughts?

The other option is just to bite the bullet and get him an iMac (maybe a refurb 21.5 with Fusion Drive) since it looks like I'll be spending about $300 just for the PC software and my PC is due for replacement in the next year or so (3.4GHz i7-3770).

Just looking for real easy stuff to get my kid started, something like Cubase LE would traumatize him for sure.

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#2927472 - 05/17/18 07:49 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: MojoGuyPan]
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FL Studio maybe? I've never used it, but I know it was popular with kids starting out a few years ago.

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#2927476 - 05/17/18 08:05 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: Ross Ward]
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Steinberg Sequel is the most directly comparable as far as included instruments and loops as well as simplified work flow.

https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/sequel/whats_sequel.html
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#2927479 - 05/17/18 08:15 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Microsoft shut down Windows Movie Maker On Windows 10 and Youtube shut down their Editor. Help! I need something, not just anything, Help! I need something, Help!
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#2927482 - 05/17/18 08:31 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: Jazz+]
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Iíd go with Adobe Premiere Elements. Itís good enough and has presets like iMovie to make it look great quick. Much less to fiddle with if you donít want to get into everything thatís in full blown Premiere Pro.

https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements.html
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#2927489 - 05/17/18 08:47 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: Jazz+]
DanL Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jazz+
Microsoft shut down Windows Movie Maker On Windows 10 and Youtube shut down their Editor. Help! I need something, not just anything, Help! I need something, Help!


You can download Movie Maker as a standalone app to run on Win10, I have it on my pc at home.
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#2927492 - 05/17/18 08:58 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: Jazz+]
Mike Martin Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jazz+
Microsoft shut down Windows Movie Maker On Windows 10 and Youtube shut down their Editor. Help! I need something, not just anything, Help! I need something, Help!


Davinci Resolve - it is free.

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#2927504 - 05/17/18 09:38 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: ElmerJFudd]
MojoGuyPan Offline
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Steinberg Sequel is the most directly comparable as far as included instruments and loops as well as simplified work flow.



Hey Elmer thanks for the heads up on Sequel. The description on the site sounds like it'd be perfect and it's just $80. I'm going to download the trial tonight.

The Garagebandesque DAW is the hardest thing to figure out for the PC. Video editing has tons of options like Vegas Movie Studio, Adobe Elements, and Movavi. Hopefully Sequel is it for the music.

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#2927530 - 05/17/18 11:44 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: MojoGuyPan]
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Hi, Iíve used V2 and V3 with students. Itís easy to get around.
Audio and instrument tracks.
Loop and instruments library you can load/drag and drop.
The sound bank has a lot of stuff from Yamaha (light version of Halion).
Also a useful GM sound set.
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#2927538 - 05/17/18 12:31 PM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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#2927836 - Yesterday at 12:53 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: RABid]
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Refurb Mac Mini? Just sayiní

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#2927850 - Yesterday at 04:52 AM Re: OT: Garageband alternative for Windows 10 in 2018? [Re: midinut]
SeaGtGruff Offline
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Acoustica Mixcraft, perhaps? There was even a book with lessons written in parallel for both GarageBand and Mixcraft. As far as I know it was never updated:

https://www.amazon.com/Making-Music-GarageBand-Mixcraft-Book/dp/1435458702

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-...n=9781435458710

In addition, Acoustica has a teacher's guide and lesson plans for the current version of Mixcraft:

https://www.acoustica.com/edu/

https://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/mixcraft-8-teachers-guide.htm
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