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Best Music-Making Software for 2024: AI-Powered Tools and More
21 Dec '2023
Explore the latest AI-powered music production tools, from samplers and synths to plugins, as we delve into groundbreaking platforms.
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Samplers, synths, plugins: all of these things probably take up quite a bit of your physical space, time and budget. And who can blame you? With so many new and exciting technological advancements in the world of music production, it’s almost impossible for a month to go by without adding a new bit of gear to your “dream studio” list.

 

We have searched for what are arguably some of the most exciting and (more importantly) game-changing tools for music creation and performance. Using new technology, or being able to take existing tech and put it into a new, more practical, and engaging interface, these pieces of equipment will change your approach to workflow and improve your creative output quality.

 

Best AI Software for Making Music

  1. Voice-swap
  2. Sonible Smart:gate
  3. Sessionwire Studio
  4. Acon Digital Remix
  5. Mawf

 

1. Voice-swap

 

 

Voice-swap promises to give anyone the power to write vocal lines and then have them performed by professional vocalists. It was developed by DJ Fresh and Nico Pellerin to help producers, artists and writers who don't want to use their voice on songs use AI to transform their voice.

 

Voice-swap has a library of voices of professional singers that you can use to perform on one of your own tracks. You can use the voices to write demos or buy a license that grants you the ability to release your song commercially. This is great as it compensates the original vocalist for the use of their voice.

 

Declan McGlynn from Voice-swap told us a little more about the project.

 

“Voice-Swap is a groundbreaking new platform that allows anyone to transform their singing voice by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence. We’ve worked with professional singers to create and license vocal models, ensuring that both the training data used and the final outputs are of the highest quality, and suitable for pro studio use. 

 

“We wanted to create a platform that compensated artists and singers appropriately, so we offer a 50/50 split of subscription revenue. We also offer a bespoke watermarking technology that helps us trace every output back to a specific user. On top of that, anything a user wants to release officially has to be approved by the singer they’ve modelled".

 

“The creative potential of this technology is mind-blowing, and the use cases are vast, but it’s important to put the right guardrails in place first. Once we do, we can start to get excited about how the tech can change the music industry from helping songwriting sessions and A&R teams write demos to transforming remote collaboration and creating a whole new form of sampling and sample creation. 

 

“Voice-Swap offers both the highest quality models and an artist-first approach to AI, setting the tone for what we believe to be the future of music creation.” 

 

2. Sonible Smart:gate

 

 

Sonible is renowned for using artificial intelligence to level up many types of audio processors. They’ve already been responsible for advances in compression technology with smart:comp and smart:comp 2, equaliser technology with smart:EQ 3, and reverb with smart:reverb. This year they have turned their attention to the audio gate with smart:gate.

 

The audio gate may not be the sexiest of audio processors. However, this actually makes the gate a prime candidate for a makeover.

 

Smart:gate uses artificial intelligence to identify instrument and voice elements in audio and then gate out unwanted elements. Users can set which instrument they want to be allowed through.

 

This removes problems such as bleed between drum mics which can sometimes get through traditional gates.

 

3. Sessionwire Studio

 

 

Sessionwire Studio is a next generation with the power to transform how musicians collaborate with one another.

 

Remote working has become the new norm. Tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Workspace have enabled workers to be located anywhere in the world and still perform their jobs to the best of their ability. However, music production is one area where this has not been the case.

 

There are many things standing in the way of remote music collaboration. Perhaps the biggest problem for remote musical collaboration is technology.

 

Limitations in video call technology create major problems in the music production process. The most significant problem faced by remote music production is audio quality. Video calls compress audio and video in order to stop calls from buffering. This is obviously a problem when recording professional audio.

 

Sessionwire fixes this. It has studio-quality audio streaming designed for music pros. Sessionwire is essentially a virtual studio which has live video, voice, text, file transfer, storage and HQ Audio all designed specifically for music collaborators. It even has talkback and live streaming.

 

If you’re a producer looking for remote collaboration tools, why not give it a try?

 

4. Acon Digital Remix

 

 

Stem separation isn’t a new technology. Developers have been putting out software for years which is able to analyse a mixdown and separate it into its constituent components.

 

However, up until now stem separation tools have not been able to separate stems in real time. Instead they have had to process audio files and then output the constituent stems as separate audio files. Now that has all changed with the introduction of Acon Digital Remix.

 

Acon Digital Remix is the first plugin that is capable of performing real-time stem separation. Simply load a WAV in your DAW, press play and Remix will immediately separate the file into five separate stems. You can solo and mute stems in real-time, adjust the gain, and also adjust the level of separation.

 

This is an exciting step forward in the world of stem separation and makes the workflow a lot smoother. We can only assume other developers will continue to push this tech in exciting directions, taking us ever closer to perfect stem separation!

 

5. Mawf

 

 

Mawf is a cool little tool that allows for some cutting-edge creativity, giving producers access to sounds they have never had before. Mawf can analyse incoming audio and then re-render that audio as a different instrument. This is done using machine learning models of various instruments.

 

For example, Mawf allows you to turn a sung vocal line into a saxophone, or a guitar into a trumpet. You can also get creative by feeding Mawf non-instrument recordings and then turning them into instruments. We’re sure there will be plenty of experimentation and new sounds created with technology like this in years to come.

 


 

Music technology is constantly evolving, which makes it a very exciting time to be a music producer. If you want to learn more about music technology, production techniques, and sampling be sure to check out the Loopcloud Blog. Here you’ll find articles on all facets of music production and technology.

 

If you’re a Loopcloud member, be sure to check out our one piece of cutting-edge technology: Loopcloud Sounds. Loopcloud Sounds is our first plugin which allows you to search for, audition, and purchase samples, all without leaving your DAW. It’s a workflow monster and totally free for those on any Loopcloud membership tier.

 

FAQs

 

Is AI generated music legal?

 

Yes, music that is totally AI-generated can – generally speaking – be used commercially without the need to own a license or pay royalties. A US court has ruled that music generated entirely by AI cannot be copyrighted. However, with AI being a new and recent technology, this sort of situation could change. There may also be technical reasons why a certain piece of music is still protected and not allowed to be used without permission: examples might include that it was partly created by a person without AI, or that it is derivative of another piece of music.

 

Can you use ChatGPT to make music?

 

ChatGPT has the ability to generate melodies, chord progressions, and even entire songs. There are also whole AI music websites, such as soundraw.io.

 

Can AI replace music producers?

 

It seems unlikely. The AI revolution is creating tools which are helping producers push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. AI is much more likely to progress humans ability to create music faster and to a more technical level.

 

Related articles

 

If you’re interested in music production tools that are using artificial intelligence to do exciting things, be sure to check out our articles on 10 AI Plugins Producers Need to Try Today, and 10 AI Sites Musicians Need to Know About