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Best PC alternative to Garageband?

 
       
 
Jun 07, 2005, 03:33 AM

I need advice on a PC based alternative to Garageband. I’m looking for easy ways to quickly build drum loops and samples and then add live instruments
to it. My songwriting buddy showed me how he dragged in a one measure
built in drum sample that Garageband had, and then he could copy that
for the whole song or paste in another variation of the same groove for a chorus or a break. I want something powerful, but easy to use where i dont have to read through alot of pdf help files.
Also what is a good audio interface for this under 300
bucks? I tried doing some simple recording with CW pro audio 9 but there was a delay and i ended up just using my trusty 4 track tape recorder out of frustration.
Thanks, Neil

 
     
Neil White Joined Jun 07, 2005
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Jun 11, 2005, 05:17 PM

Hey Neil, If you want something cheap and easy for your 4 track, the Boss Dr. Rhythm series machines work well. they are easy to use for a beginner, and once you get to know how it works you can create more complicated great sounding drum tracks.

For PC, try Fruity loops, that is a popular program for the PC

 
     
Anthony 19 Joined Jun 10, 2005
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Jun 16, 2005, 05:24 AM

If you haven’t all ready…try this program called Acid. There is a free version, i believe download.com has it—here->
http://www.download.com/Acid-XPress/3000-2170_4-10228816.html?tag=lst-0-3

Acid is formatted in a way that is visualy simillar to 4-track

as far as input… Do you have a sound card? if so use your line and mic in.

 
     
Liquid Synthetics Joined Jun 04, 2005
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Jun 16, 2005, 05:27 AM

oh yeah, cake walk pro eh?
What o/s are you on?
Sometimes cakewalk has this problem with which driver is being used.
Have you gone to the cakewalk.com—help?

 
     
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