has been using the Mac based 'Garageband' software at
Can anybody recommend some similar software that I can put on his home
it almost pains me to say it but.... fruity loops? it's probably the DAW (digital audio workstation) most like a windows version of garageband - simple for-the-masses interface, easy to get rolling by throwing loops in and so on. which, come to think of it, could very well be the applications whole raison d'etre.
how old is your kid? ableton live is probably a much better program, and not a million miles from garageband in the way it's set up either. but it might be a little farther down the learning curve than fruity loops.