10 Android apps that will get music makers close to Apple GarageBand's functionality, look and feel

10 Android apps that will get music makers close to Apple GarageBand's functionality, look and feel
Hello, aspiring music makers from all genres and backgrounds! If you're reading this, you must be aware to a certain extent that iOS musicians have it much easier than the Android gang when it comes to high quality audio apps. But make no mistake, the Android tribe can certainly hold its own with the selection of audio workstation, samplers and synthesizers available in the Google Play store!

Today, we'll have a look at ten apps that kind of, sort of, or outright emulate the design and functionality of Apple's coveted GarageBand app, the gateway software to many a music makers looking to create their masterpiece one day. Be warned, you might end up pleasantly surprised by the quality of these apps. Not only will they get you close to GarageBand's groovy vibe, but they also put their own unique spin on the music making process. And it just so turns out that most of them are completely or partially free to use! Lucky you.

Check out this selection and get some music made on your Android devices!

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10 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

These apps may be close but usually nothing beats having the real deal.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How would you know how good those are? Have you ever used any of them? Just because you are pro-Apple, doesn't mean everything they make is great. Garageband isn't all that great. But not to pick on Apple, using a tablet for such sucks whether its Android or iOS, because tablets have too many limitations in general running on ARM. They are ok for people who just want to dip and dab. Yes, I have seem some pros crank out some nice stuff on Garageband. But for someone who really wants professional level options, they woudlnt even look at a tablet. They would get a PC or a Mac. Garageband on the Mac is great, because i use it in my Mac Virtual Machine. But I like other alternatives like Adobe Audition (Cool Edit Pro), and other options like Sony Acid/Acid Pro are very good options even for a beginner. I used CEP since the very first one, as i was turned onto it by a DJ. Adobe Audition takes it steps further. With Adobe Audition, Sony Acid and FL Studio, I have made well over 5,000 custom tracks for DJ's and friends who Rap and need backdrops. I even use them in Garageband on the Mac (my VM of the Mac) and on the Mac it is a great application. But the iPad/iPhone version is terrible. It's to kiddie and is not even better than those options in this article. Stop just being Pro-Apple. Because you are 100 right. There is nothing like the real thing, and many times the other options are way better.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Get to the point techie. I'm not reading your essay.

10. JustAnother

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2017

Whoa dude. This guy was just making a simple comment saying that USUALLY nothing beats having the real deal. And he is completely correct. I've used FL Studio. I've used Adobe. I've used others. But they don't have the same kind of playful feel like Garageband. This dude was just making a simple comment and you blew it way out of proportions. Calm your butt, friend.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sounds like comparing the iPhone 6s Plus to the original, the Note 5.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What gave you that idea?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what makes garagebands better than all those apps? because its apple?

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because it's more polished

8. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Because Apple is more catering to artistic types, in both iOS and Mac. iOS has supported professional quality audio longer than Android. Android is more designed for productivity, similar to Windows.

9. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Because iOS has much lower audio delay. So at least it's usable

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