I might be doing something wrong, but I could not get Audacity to work properly for me. It seems to have the proper options for working with music, but when I pulled in an MP3 file, almost all of the useful menu items were grayed out.
One of the things that my kids wanted to do was to speed up some songs and mash them together. I can see how to mash them together, but the option to change tempo wasn’t available.
Again, maybe I’m doing something wrong. So far, this will not work as a GarageBand for Windows.
Update: This deal is gone….
Found an advertisement for Acid in the Best Buy Sunday (10/21/2007) newspaper ads. Go to Best Buy
and search for ACID Music Studio 7. They have it reduced $30 from $69.99 to $39.99.
Seems like a good deal for my GarageBand for Windows project.
Had a chance to do some searching for some products that may work for my GarageBand for Windows requirements . I found the following products that may fit the bill:
- Audacity – mentioned most of the time.
- Mixcraft – seems to be the latest favorite.
- Session by M-Audio – comes with some hardware purchase of around $100.
- Acid – Also mentioned most of the time. Some products claim to support Acid loops.
- FruityLoops – Seems like it was an early free favorite, but I get the sense that it is aging.
I’m going to check out Audacity, Mixcraft, and Acid first. I’m not really interested in purchasing hardward currently, so Session is not of interest. I’ll check out FruityLoops if I don’t find what I need with the first three. With any luck I’ll find that perfect GarageBand for Windows for what I need.
If you have any experience with any of these products, let me know in the comments.
I was given the challenge to find GarageBand for Windows by my daughter. She had used GarageBand on a Apple at her school. I’m also hoping to use a product like this for working on my music (piano and drums). So this is my journey. Hopefully this will help you too if you have the same challenge.
- Take existing songs and mix them together.
- Take short clips from songs
- Adjust the tempo as needed
- overlap songs
- Create new songs with a variety of inputs
- Midi input from Keyboard
- Midi input from Electronic drums
- vocal input from mic
- other existing songs (like the mix above)
- other input from mic
- Easy to use
- Variety of output choices
- Works on Windows XP with 512meg of Ram
Please add some comments if you have any suggestions.