NinSheetMusic Forums

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

Interested in contributing to the site? Give The Arrangement Formatting Guidelines and The Arranging Checklist a good read!

Author Topic: GarageBand alternative?  (Read 246 times)

607

  • Bombchu Bolero
  • ***
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 58
    • View Profile
    • Email
GarageBand alternative?
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:09:06 AM »

Hi, it's me again!

In the title I am asking for a GarageBand alternative. With that I mean the following: does anyone know of an affordable (<€50) piano roll-based composition program for Windows? It needs to have at least stereo panning and 'automation' (gradually changing the volume of individual instruments; I don't know why it's called 'automation' in GarageBand or what it is normally called, as I can't find it on Google), and it needs to have good instrument sounds (better than the default Windows MIDI library) included.
It does not need to have features like loops or automatic chords. I can compose myself.
Thanks, I hope there is something for me. :)
Logged

607

  • Bombchu Bolero
  • ***
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 58
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 12:55:22 PM »

None! Huh, that's a little surprising. Or might this forum be decreasing in activity?
Logged

LeviR.star

  • Corneria Concert
  • *****************************
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 1885
  • The Game Boi Arranger ~ Game Boy Enthusiast
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 01:40:00 PM »

Or might this forum be decreasing in activity?

Definitely this.



If you're looking for activity, 607, go to our Discord server that we keep linking forum members to.
Logged
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

My arrangements and compositions!

607

  • Bombchu Bolero
  • ***
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 58
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 01:56:51 PM »

Definitely this.



If you're looking for activity, 607, go to our Discord server that we keep linking forum members to.
Hm, that's unfortunate. I am in the Discord server, but I thought that surely the forum would be a better place for questions. If I'd ask a question like this in a Discord server it'd be buried too quickly.
Logged

Libera

  • The Fastest
  • Updater
  • Pokémon Polka
  • *
  • Posts: 764
  • Triangles!
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 02:03:10 PM »

The only affordable DAW I know of is Reaper, but that doesn't come with any VSTs at all so you'd have to separately find those yourself.

<€50

And even Reaper is not that cheap.  So you're probably out of luck unless you want to increase your budget.  (Or there might be something that I haven't heard of before.)

LeviR.star

  • Corneria Concert
  • *****************************
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 1885
  • The Game Boi Arranger ~ Game Boy Enthusiast
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 03:31:00 PM »

Hm, that's unfortunate. I am in the Discord server, but I thought that surely the forum would be a better place for questions. If I'd ask a question like this in a Discord server it'd be buried too quickly.

That's exactly with the problem with it. I agree with you, and feel your pain, but it's just the fact that all the buzzing activity has been moved to Discord entirely, and there's not much we can do about it.
Logged
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

My arrangements and compositions!

Latios212

  • NSM Overlord
  • Administrator
  • Nintendo Nocturne
  • *
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 4750
  • Wheeeee™
    • View Profile
    • YouTube channel
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2019, 06:24:38 PM »

That's exactly with the problem with it. I agree with you, and feel your pain, but it's just the fact that all the buzzing activity has been moved to Discord entirely, and there's not much we can do about it.

You're not really helping by constantly redirecting members to the server while complaining about it. If we want to use the forums, we can use the forums.
Logged
My arrangements and YouTube channel!

who needs education when you can have WAIFUS!!!!!

Spoiler
[close]
turtle

LeviR.star

  • Corneria Concert
  • *****************************
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 1885
  • The Game Boi Arranger ~ Game Boy Enthusiast
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2019, 09:33:25 PM »

You're not really helping by constantly redirecting members to the server while complaining about it. If we want to use the forums, we can use the forums.

I don't see many of us regular Discord members stepping into the forums here very often to help outside of submissions. At least let them know that we're not dead, and maybe they can appreciate being part of this community.
Logged
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

My arrangements and compositions!

AmpharosAndy

  • Sheik's Symphony
  • **********************
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 851
  • get
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2019, 02:42:59 AM »

At least let them know that we're not dead
what if we are whups
i don't really get the diskord
Logged
‘The Johto Suite’ for Woodwind Trio - Pokemon Gold/Silver Full OST Arrangement
Spoiler
[close]

607

  • Bombchu Bolero
  • ***
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 58
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: GarageBand alternative?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2019, 02:24:10 PM »

The only affordable DAW I know of is Reaper, but that doesn't come with any VSTs at all so you'd have to separately find those yourself.

And even Reaper is not that cheap.  So you're probably out of luck unless you want to increase your budget.  (Or there might be something that I haven't heard of before.)
Alright, thanks! That's unfortunate, but not wholly unexpected. Honestly, I am grateful that nowadays there are sheet music and tracker based programs available for free, as I don't think that has always been the case! I guess these 'DAWs' (I didn't know that's what they were called) are just generally more expensive. I guess the only reason GarageBand is so cheap is that Apple devices are so expensive that the earnings of the platform cover for the expenses of developing GarageBand?

I don't see many of us regular Discord members stepping into the forums here very often to help outside of submissions. At least let them know that we're not dead, and maybe they can appreciate being part of this community.
Eh, there's a banner for the Discord server on all pages on the forum, don't most people notice that?
Logged
 

Page created in 0.188 seconds with 22 queries.