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Best music recording software for Windows?

Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I'm looking for a GarageBand equivalent for Windows. Something with try-before-you-buy capability would be excellent. Mixcraft looks good; any opinions on that or other recommendations?

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Pat Farrell

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
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I don't know what Garage Band does.

For years, I used CakeWalk's Sonar. Its a full featured multi-track mixing and effects package, roughly comparable to Pro-Tools.

There are a fair number of free multi-track packages for windows N-Tracks is one.
Maneesh Godbole
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In the past, one of my friends, a closet DJ, helped me create a ringtone, by clipping the guitar strings from a song. He used Gold wave for it. I have never used it personally, but the UI looks promising.

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Jesper de Jong
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I was going to say Audacity, which is a very popular sound recording and editing program, but it is not a GarageBand equivalent (it doesn't have the capability to sequence instruments etc.).

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Bear Bibeault
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I know a fair number of musicians -- I live in Austin, after all -- and a whole bunch of them switched to the Mac just because they wanted to use GarageBand as they couldn't find anything comparable for Windows.

It's been a number of years so that might have changed, but it shows how highly GarageBand is viewed in the community.

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