How to install Garage band for Windows 10

There is only one way that you can install Garage band for Windows 10 and that is by using a virtual machine. For the uninitiated, what this means is that during your current session in Windows you boot up a second operating system, which runs simultaneously, actually in a window, and shares the resources of your PC to run it.  Basically, the way this works is that you use a virtual machine application like VMWare or VirtualBox in which you use to create the virtual machine, then you install the desired OS onto it, in this case MAC OSX. Once completed it can boot up as described above and you can install other software in it, in this case Garage band.

Of course, there are various things to consider, notably running any virtual machine, because it shares your pc’s resources can slow everything down if you don’t have enough resources, RAM, Processor, Space etc. So, check carefully the minimum requirements before even considering it. Remember not only will you be running a non-native OS in a virtual machine, but you will also be running Garage band on it and trying to record, which is always a resource intensive process because of the analog to digital data conversion and the minimization of latency. To make it useable you will need a fast computer.
Next consider that the virtual machine will be using an audio interface attached to your pc and drivers running in windows to record. In the driver world universal drivers that work in both realms are few and far between so this is really make or break time. In most cases simple is your friend, try using a simple device with standards compliant drivers and you may have a shot at getting it to play nicely.

Finally, there is the issue of latency, as computers have become more powerful this has become generally less of an issue than before, with improved Asio drivers available for most interfaces and direct monitoring available on many devices, imperceptible lag between playing and hearing what you playing is now the norm. However, with a Virtual machine things of course are different and you will likely have to revisit the sampling dance to get the best results, too much and you’ll quickly max out your processor causing drop outs, too little and you’ll be listening to monitoring similar to echoes in the Grand Canyon.

Bottom line, this really is a method for relatively experienced tech people, and more akin to a science project to prove that it’s possible, rather than a working solution that you may use as a permanent work around. It is far more likely that you will end up with an anecdote about not what to do than be pleased you tried in the first place. I really don’t recommend that you waste your time on it, I think it is much better spent on the other solutions offered here, I include it simply for the sake of completeness and it is more of a warning than any sort of a recommendation.

And on that note, let me finish with a disclaimer: I do not accept any responsibility if you attempt this. No liability for lost data, lost time, damaged software, damaged hardware in short no responsibility whatsoever for any inconvenience, loss or frustration that you may incur as a result of not taking my advice, which is, to be clear, not to attempt this.

How to Successfully use Garageband on iOS

A little more on using Garage band on iOS, unlike a PC or MAC when your Audio interface is connected and selected as default it remains so, on iOS the default audio interface is always the built in speaker/ear phone jack for playback and the built in mic for input (or Bluetooth device if connected). There isn’t a global setting to set this and for the vast majority of people this works perfectly.

Apple assumes that if your intention is use alternate input and output then this is intentional and a special case, whereas the normal will be to always use the built-in offerings, this makes sense and so does the workaround as it avoids having to dig into and remember settings.
It’s as simple as opening the APP you intend to use, then, after it is open, connect the audio interface of your choice and the APP automatically defaults to the newly connected device for both input and output.

There are a few provisos here 

1. That your audio interface is standards compliant, here, simple is your friend, I’ve used both a Zoom H2n and a Focusrite Solo, both of which worked seamlessly, but, for example my recently purchased Audient Sono does not, hardly surprising given the complex routing options, onboard tube, re-am switching and built in two notes wall of sound support. By far the best thing here is to keep it simple, definitely check with the manual and or manufacturer to confirm that your device is compliant, especially if you intend to purchase one to meet the requirement.

2. I recommend using the Apple camera kit to connect your device. While there are MANY thunderbolt USB dongles on the market with extra inputs for say simultaneous charging and headset connections, they often don’t play nicely with audio interfaces. Given Apple’s penchant for proprietary, they are constantly changing the goalposts for compatibility to basically ensure you buy their expensive branded accessories. In this case, while annoying and expensive, it’s better to play it safe here as ultimately the user experience, quality of recording and peace of mind will be better, as to the genius that thought up chipping accessories and software blocking to ensure market monopoly and bloated pricing, there is a special place in hell for you!

Once connected it’s pretty much plain sailing, you should be able to select inputs from the available ones on your device and that’s it really. There are plenty of iOS garage band tutorials out there, but it really is easy, so I would recommend putting on your big boy pants and getting on with it!


Most issues can be solved by disconnecting/reconnecting the audio interface (I recommend disconnecting the dongle itself as that’s how iOS recognizes something has changed, it’s possible if you only disconnect/reconnect the USB cable that iOS will not register it) or closing the app completely from the iOS multi-tasking screen (push the home button twice, find the app, then swipe up to close it). Then disconnect the USB dongle. After you have re-started the app then reconnect the USB dongle.

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Why everyone loves Garageband for Windows users

When Garageband was released home-recording changed forever.  Gone was the need for expensive software, more expensive hardware or studio time charged by the hour. Basically, Garage band became the iPod of musical creativity, redefining how musicians work for professionals and hobbyists a like.

Some Apple software has been ported from OSX to windows, like iTunes and QuickTime, though typically only when there has been a targeted business case for doing it. In the case of iTunes, to persuade users to purchase Apple hardware (iPod, iPad, iPhone etc) without needing an Apple computer to use it.

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Proprietary is very much the Apple business model and once you take a dip into the Apple ecosystem, it tries its level best to imprison you in it, with breaking updates to software requiring new hardware purchases, convoluted methods for transferring content to your i-device and built in obsolescence that would make a replicant wince.

Garage band is easy

While I’m obviously not a big fanboy for Apple, back in 2004 when Garage band was released, an uncle with similar musical tastes brought his newly purchased MacBook pro, with Garage band installed on it, to Christmas at my parents place and I found the user experience immediately compelling. Within minutes I was using samples, loops and musical keyboard to create music having never used a Mac before. I think that is the single biggest reason Garage band is so huge, it really does help you to create.

Garageband doesn’t get in your way

Some software just seems to want to give you a bad day, get in your way or just smirk and give you the finger, on more than one occasion a nice new laptop has very nearly ended up taking a free flying lesson when failing to cooperate (free as in without flying equipment like wings, an engine, control surfaces or any basic means to land safely) , sometimes disposing of my hard work while gleefully blaming me for bad input….. not so much with Garage band, while nothing is 100% fool proof, Garage band does a great job of not messing with your mojo when what you need is more cowbell.

Garageband for Windows

But what if you can’t or won’t buy a Mac, how do you get Garageband for Windows 10? Well, my understanding is that you basically cannot. Apple has never officially ported a version of Garageband for Windows PC nor has it indicated that it might do so in the future. The reality is, if you want Garageband they want you to invest in Apple hardware and while Garageband is free, once you add the cost of even the modest of MacBooks, it starts looking like a very expensive prospect.

So, what next?

Well, the easiest solution that may not have thought of, is that there is a version of Garage band for iOS, so if you have an iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone you can use Garage band. Obviously, it is a mobile version of the App but most of the most useful features are there. Just add a standards compliant USB Audio interface using the Camera Kit and you have a completely mobile professional recording set up. I know artists that have recorded albums that way, of course mixing can be tricky on a small screen, but for tracking it’s a perfectly legitimate solution. In my next post I will talk about the next option.



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