Garageband not working, so can I use Audacity instead?

A Little background:

I m a podcaster and producer. I have been using Audacity for more years than I can count. I also like to create my own music for my shows. I am not great at it, and never put much money into it. I simply used Garageband and a Midi keyboard I bought. Well, recently Garageband quit working. I have tried everything to get it going again after Sonoma 14.4.1 and I have decided to give up and find a replacement. Even deleted it off my Mac.

My Question:

I am using Audacity 3.4.2 and know that it has been recently updated to to support more of the midi environment. Also, loops and pre generated beats. What I can’t seem to do is figure out how to do it. I am a fast learner, but haven’t found a good tutorial or guide to get me going on this new endeavor. I have installed Muse, but that seems to be more plugin related. I did play around with MuseScore some, but it is not quite what I am looking for.

Can anyone offer some advice or guide me to a good tutorial or walkthrough?

Thank You,


I haven’t tried the beta version but I don’t THINK it’s “full MIDI” with support MIDI capture/recording or virtual instruments.

You may need a full DAW and most are not free. REAPER is probably the “best deal” but it doesn’t come with any virtual instruments (I don’t own it.)

To stick with open source, maybe LMMS

Or still open source bu you have to pay for Mac, windows but not Linux: Ardour

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