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(@frankthetank9991)
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hey im just looking for a program similar to garageband to record stuff, but just for windows
im not really sure about guitar pro, can you record with that? or is it just tab stuff?
but yeah any programs/help would be great

what do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?

a drummer.


   
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 Nuno
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Just for recording? Audacity ( http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ ), Kristal ( http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/ )...


   
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(@hueseph)
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The closest thing to garageband for windows that I've seen is Mixcraft. At least in appearance.
It's cheap. $50

http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


   
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(@kblake)
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G'day hueseph,
I just checked out Mixcraft and it is absolutely BRILLIANT. A friend of mine was showing me garage band (which blew me away)
I just downloaded this program from the site you gave and it is excellent so easy to use... I will be reaching for my wallet when the missus goes to sleep LOL
Keith

I know a little bit about a lot of things, but not a lot about anything...
Looking for people to jam with in Sydney Oz.......


   
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(@nicktorres)
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Acid Music by Sony is excellent.


   
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(@frankthetank9991)
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ok thanks!
do you guys use these programs?

what do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?

a drummer.


   
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 Nuno
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No. I use GarageBand. Sometimes I use Cubase for some plugins. I used to use Audacity some time ago. Kristal is only for MS-Windows and I'm a Mac and GNU/Linux user.


   
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(@hueseph)
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Currently I use Cubase, Acid Music Studio and Samplitude. I have used Garageband in the past but have never used mixcraft, though I considered it before I bought Samplitude. I need something with a bit more configurability than mixcraft.

Incidentally, Samplitude SE is about the same price as Mixcraft but has a lot more "pro" features. Samplerate conversion, 4 aux busses, built in noise removal(hiss removal actually). It's designed more like a console than standard recording programs. I prefer it over Cubase and it has less issues with midi. If you have ever used ProTools, the workflow is similar with the exception of the mixdown which does not allow for "instant" samplerate conversion after bouncing to disk. Though, it's no real effort to dither down after the fact. It just adds one more step to your workflow and really most people would want to keep their project at 24 bit until after mastering.

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


   
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(@frankthetank9991)
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ok looks like i need to clarify here.
what i really need is a program that has virtual instruments also, because its pretty much impossible for me to play more than a couple instruments
and...a low price tag would be awesome

what do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?

a drummer.


   
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All of the above support VSTi's. There's plenty of free plugins out there. http://kvraudio.com is a great place to search virtual instruments and effects.

Samplitude, Mixcraft and Acid Music Studio are in the $50-80 price range. AMS being at the top of that list price-wise. On the lower end Samplitude($50us) is great but more complex and has a bit of a steeper learning curve. If you have any experience at all with analogue consoles, that would help a lot. A run through the manual is always good. As I said earlier Sam. also has good midi capability and supports VST instruments. The only down side of Samplitude SE(the Pro. version is $600) is that it's download only. You don't get a box or hard copy of the manual. The up side is that you never have to leave home to buy it.

I don't know enough about mixcraft to comment. It looks to be the simplest of the bunch to operate. I don't know about it's midi capability.

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


   
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(@moonrider)
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ok looks like i need to clarify here.
what i really need is a program that has virtual instruments also, because its pretty much impossible for me to play more than a couple instruments
and...a low price tag would be awesome

Are you looking for virtual instruments, or virtual musicians?

if it's the latter, then Band in a Box is the way to go.
http://www.pgmusic.com/bandbox.htm

Playing guitar and never playing for others is like studying medicine and never working in a clinic.

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(@moonrider)
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ok looks like i need to clarify here.
what i really need is a program that has virtual instruments also, because its pretty much impossible for me to play more than a couple instruments
and...a low price tag would be awesome

Are you looking for virtual instruments, or virtual musicians?

if it's the latter, then Band in a Box is the way to go.
http://www.pgmusic.com/bandbox.htm

Playing guitar and never playing for others is like studying medicine and never working in a clinic.

Moondawgs on Reverbnation


   
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(@frankthetank9991)
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ok now i need some clarification.
what is a virtual musician?
and hueseph are you saying that i can download any of those, then download the plugin, and i can use the virtual instruments?

what do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?

a drummer.


   
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(@hueseph)
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ok now i need some clarification.
what is a virtual musician?
and hueseph are you saying that i can download any of those, then download the plugin, and i can use the virtual instruments?

A virtual musician is kind of like those old Lowrey Organs. Pick salsa, instruments, tempo and away you go. That is essentially what band in a box is about.

As regards the other questions:

Yes and Yes.

For Samplitude and Acid, you need to purchase before you download though. Once you have the program installed, you can download any number of free vst instruments and either use your qwerty keyboard or a midi controller to play them. You could also step edit in Samplitude. Not sure about Acid. Wait......No. You can't step edit in AMS.

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


   
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(@nicktorres)
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Don't we have a sticky in the freebies section?

Not that one....this one:

https://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27036


   
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