menu
Garageband. Best free DAW software for music production?

Garageband. Best free DAW software for music production?

Searching for a free DAW for your Mac?
Maybe Garageband is an option for you!
In this blog I`m going to take a look at the free daw Garageband.
You can download Garageband for free from the App store when you own a iMac.
Or use the iPad or iPhone app on your mobile device, but that is not the scope of this blog.

I can find my way around Garageband pretty easily, because I am familiar with it’s big brother Logic Pro.
I suspect that Garageband under the hood just Logic, but with a simpler user interface.
So, I may be a bit biased when it comes to usability.
But, I`m not going to cloud my judgement with my familiarity with Garageband.

The screen

On the left side you have stock instruments, on the right side the apple loops and a handicapped file browser.
In the middle your tracks and on the bottom the plugins.
This is also the place where you tweak the controls of the stock plugins.

limitations

The application has a number of limitations.
The first one is, of course, the fact that it works only on a Mac.
But the major one is the limitation of 32 tracks.
And you can only add 4 effect plugins per track.
You can get away with 32 tracks if you use your tracks wisely.
Also the maximum of 4 effect plugins is workable, but doesn’t give you a lot of flexibility.

I’m also missing a proper file browser, because you can only use Apple’s own sounds.
You can’t use a user appointed directory, but luckily you can drag and drop samples from Finder.
It would have been nice if they included a sampler and it would have been nice if you could tweak more parameters of the stock plugins, which are by-the-way Logic`s stock instruments.
There is no mixer at the bottom like in logic, instead a couple of simple buttons there.

Luckily it’s possible to record and export 24 bit wave files.
But how to freeze a track for example I couldn’t find.

My midi controller works, and I can use my external Audio Unit instruments en effect plugins!

You can get pretty far with Garageband as a free DAW, but there will come a time that you definitely need to upgrade to Logic Pro X.
The Logic is only 200,- for a fully functional professional DAW and it can read Garageband files.
Definitely check Garageband out if you own a Mac.


27-10-2019
written by: Dexxter Clark

daw
free daw
Garageband
Logic
Logic Pro X

Share this article

If you took value from this article, please share it on social media.

Website url:

Read also ...

DAW plugins explained ... this is what you NEED to know

DAW plugins explained ... this is what you NEED to know

In this blog post I’ll take a look at plugins for the beginning music producer. It can be overwhelming for a beginner music producer. Because there are a lot of plugins (and types of plugins) out there. What do you need to know? What are the standards? Coming ...
Top 10 Must have best VST plugins

Top 10 Must have best VST plugins

[VIDEO] What are the best plugins (VSTs) for the beginner music producer? Here is my top 10 of the must have plugins for music production when you are starting out! Before I start, I name not only VST plugins but also AU plugins for windows and mac. Most of the plugins ...
Best music making software for beginners - best DAW

Best music making software for beginners - best DAW

[VIDEO] What is the best software for music production for the beginner? The best daw is the daw of your preference. The software where you can work the quickest and most comfortable with. That may be super obvious, but let me give you a hand. In this blog won`t tell ...
Best free DAW software for music production

Best free DAW software for music production

[VIDEO] Looking for the best free daw software for music production? Maybe you are new to music production and don`t want to pay hundreds of dollars on expensive DAW software. Well, you are at the right address. In this blogpost I take a look at 18 free DAWs for music ...
Audiotool review. Best free DAW software for music production?

Audiotool review. Best free DAW software for music production?

In this blog post I am taking a look at the free DAW: Audiotool. Audio tool is a free DAW that you can use entirely online in your internet browser. So if you have an unstable internet connection like me, that is super annoying. When I registered the software, ...

The author

photo author dexxter clark Dexxter Clark
Read more about the author

FREE e-book

free ebook music production Where should I send your free dj music producer e-book?