What are GarageBand and FL Studio, and what do they do?
Garageband can edit audio and MIDI tracks, mix and master your music, add loops and effects, record your own vocals or instruments, add with Apple Loops from the online iTunes store, create control surfaces for controlling external hardware connected to the Mac. ( http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/ )
FL Studio can do much more than GarageBand. You can produce, mix and master tracks right on the desktop, add effects, loops and instruments in real time through its Groove Virtual Instrument platform. It comes with a bunch of virtual instruments; access to samples from the Apple Music library; an advanced browser for loading your own audio/MIDI files and even more scripting. ( http://www.studioku.com/products/flstudio/ )
You used to be able to do all these things on GarageBand for OS X, but it has been discontinued and replaced with GarageBand for iOS. The difference is that GarageBand for iOS is free.
Why use GarageBand?
GarageBand has a much smaller footprint than Studio and you won’t have the same features as in Studio. GarageBand is a great tool to learn the basics of music production. It’s also great in a classroom environment to learn with the students and then have the ability to use Studio later if they want more advanced features.
Why use FL Studio?
How easy are they to use for beginners or those without a lot of experience with music production software?
It could take a while to figure out how all the features work and how they interact with each other, but they do have extensive help files to help you get started. (http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/#help) your music is easy, but it will take practice to master all the tools and know how to use them effectively.
Garageband is an audio recording, editing and production program that allows you to compose, record, edit and mix your own music or use other peoples’ songs for the basis of your music. You can import and play back recordings from audio CDs. The program has a variety of features that allow you to make music from scratch, or to convert prerecorded songs into new ones.
GarageBand version 5 costs $9.99 on the App Store.
GarageBand is available for Windows at http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/ (8 Mb) or Apple has a free trial version you can get here: http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband_trial_download (6 Mb).
Are there any specific artists who use one over the other, or any professional producers who swear by one program over another when it comes to making music in their home studio ?
There are many professional producers and engineers who use either one of these two programs, but all agree that Garageband is more user friendly so they switch to it. There are some engineers and producers who swear by Logic or Ableton because it offers more options and the sounds are better, but Garageband offers more features than the other two programs, so it’s a toss between these two. This article is not meant to compare the two programs, but rather inform the user of what each program offers.
Garageband has more features that other music production software programs. It is a more user friendly program because when you make music at home, it just makes sense to use one that you would prefer over other professional production software. Garageband is also freely accessible online so you don’t have to purchase it every time that you want to make a new song. This brings us to…
Logic Pro X is more user friendly than Garageband, but I don’t recommend it over Garageband. The features that Logic offers are great, but they are not that useful. I play around with Logic at home all the time because I have a couple of friends who use it, but when it comes to making music and producing excellent music, I stick to GarageBand. I like the way it sounds better compared to Logic, and the fact that I can make a song in under five minutes without having to use any other software.
What would be your personal recommendation based on your own experience using both programs – is one better than the other for certain types of music genres or projects, or is it simply a matter of personal preference ?
I have been using both for the last few years and have found them to be similar in features, but Garageband is much easier to learn and use. If you need a program that can do everything then Logic might be a better choice, but if you are on a budget and want something simple to learn and use than I would choose Garageband. The nice thing about Garageband is it comes with most Mac computers today.
The biggest problem with Garageband is the lack of a good virtual drum machine. Garageband comes with a decent built in drum machine, but if you need something more advanced that can do realistic instrument sampling, sample triggering and midi drum kits I would suggest you look at another program like Logic or Sonar which both have much better built-in virtual instruments. Once you’ve built up your own instrument collection and start getting into real MIDI drum kits, then Garageband starts to become very limited in what it can do.