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Thread Best PC alternative to Garageband?

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1 Best PC alternative to Garageband?
I'd like software that has a lot of built in drum loops already installed like garageband and easy to use, but for windows. Something that you can just drag a loop or sample into and then vary it with other loops or samples easily. Maybe bass line loops also. Also what is a good audio input device . I have a soundblaster live value, but do i need something else. If so, something under 300 dollars would be nice.
Thanks, Neil
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I now have Acid pro 4 but i dont see any library of drum loops. Where can i get these. Mainly into smooth jazz grooves.
Thanks for your tips.
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Used to be you could find good loops on the net but they now sound dated and, worse, most free loops are in mono and/or low samplerate mp3's. You could order acidized loops straight from the Sony site as they now own Sound Forge.

A very good, cheap alternative is to look for issues of Future Music and Computer Music magazines as they usually come with a cd that often contain license-free samples and drum loops. One of the recent issues I found had hiphop and urban samples (though I'm more of a rock type); some usable for my genre as long as they are properly manipulated.