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AI for Producers: Your Q2 Directory of Intelligent Innovations in Music Tech
19 Apr '2024
We lift the lid on some of the most innovative new tools for producers that have appeared in the first three months of 2024
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As artificial intelligence continues to develop, we’re seeing rapid evolutions across the board. With OpenAI recently announcing its next-gen speech-to-video neural network, Sora, we can truly see just how quickly the AI tech boom is progressing. One year ago, AI struggled to create realistic video imagery. Now, the results are, from a superficial standpoint, approaching the output you might expect from top-grade videographers.

 

And, for better or for worse, Quantum leaps in AI aren’t only being made by those in the visual realm. The music production industry has its own seats reserved at the AI roundtable, with plenty of promising new technologies to sink our teeth into. Today we’ll be exploring another list of the latest and greatest AI developments for music producers and examining the potential they hold within.

 

 

The latest AI developments for music producers are…

 

 

 

Expand your creative possibilities with Aux   

 

Aux is a promising AI-powered application that’s recently hit the market. It has an array of features, aiming to make music production more fluid, accessible, and collaborative. The primary AI feature allows for instantaneous and indefinite prompt-generated samples, promising that you’ll never need to spend time searching for the perfect sample again. You can simply describe exactly what you’re after, and it shall appear!

 

 

Other than that, the app boasts an internal AI mastering algorithm to prep your hard work for release. One of the most unique and interesting features of Aux is its collaborative tools. The app can connect you with others, letting you chat with them in real-time, share music projects, and exchange feedback. You can even sync your DAW projects live within the app so your collaborators can work with you externally.

 

 

 

Fast-track your mixing with RoEx Automix 

 

Learning the art of mixing can take years of practice, but RoEx Audio has blessed us with a reliable shortcut. Automix is a straightforward AI application that allows you to upload your track stems and auto-mix them according to some selectable preferences. Take a look at it in action below.

 

 

 

 

Sure, we’ve seen products like this before (the most notable of which would be iZotope’s Neutron) but Automix brings a fresh approach with an included AI mastering assistant. You can pay for the service with a credit-by-credit (one song per credit) system, or subscribe to the service for $29.99 a month with unlimited usage. RoEx Automix is sure to open the doors for DIY musicians who don’t quite have the skills or resources to prep their content to a commercial standard yet.

 

 

Search like never before with Melodia 

 

Melodia is essentially an advanced AI search engine for musicians and audiophiles. Although the current library only amounts to around 100,000 sounds, the application has huge potential for growth in the future. If the library is expanded upon, Melodia could become a staple resource amongst the musically minded. 

 

 

Melodia features three different search methods. You can type out what sort of sample you’re looking for,  upload a compatible link (YouTube, Spotify, Vimeo, or SoundCloud), or upload an MP3 file. If you choose either of the latter options, the AI will search for similar sounds in the database. The best part about Melodia is that it’s (currently) completely free to sign up to and use.

 

 

Befriend Beatoven.ai, your content creation companion 

 

We’ve seen a multitude of sound/music generation artificial intelligences at this point, but Beatoven.ai is designed to play a distinct role in the creative community by providing high-quality, royalty-free music for content creators. You can generate sound using a text prompt or by specifying a mood and genre. They offer a free trial to get experimental with before committing to one of the upgraded subscriptions.

 

 

The only limitation of this software is that Beatoven makes it very clear you cannot use their generated sounds for remixing or re-distributing in your own works, so it’s specifically intended to be used to generate background music for videos across YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, etc. If that’s your niche, Beatoven.ai could be your new best friend!

 

For the best royalty-free sounds, check out Loopcloud’s library of over four million samples. Explore our subscription plans and take advantage of a free 14-day trial here.

 

 

Generate two-minute songs from text prompts with Suno 

 

The doomsayers of music production have long been saying that we'll all be replaced by AI one day. If there's one thing that could make that happen, it looks like it would be Suno. Type in a text prompt, and Suno will – almost instantly – generate you an entire song about your chosen subject matter, including an entire coherent musical theme, lyrics and vocals.

 

 

A Suno user account is free, and that's all it takes to start generating two-minute creations. Each one costs five 'credits' to create, and you get 50 credits daily with a free account, making ten songs per day. Paid account options include 500 songs a month for $8, or 2000 songs a month for $24. That means that the free account is currently a very generous deal.

 

So will Suno put music producers out of business? We reckon it could take a bite out of the stock music market for creators wishing to add background music to videos, but whether DJs and producers in the consumer music industry at large will be affected? It seems less likely but we can't predict it with any certainty.

 

 

Jump into an AI-powered DAW with Wavtool 

 

Appearing on a recent feature in The New York Times, Wavtool is clearly making its presence felt on the wider scene. Similar to Aux, Wavtool utilises numerous AI functions to completely overhaul your traditional DAW experience–and the best part about it, it’s run straight from within your web browser window.

 

 

 

 

Aside from the standard text-prompt-to-sound generation, Wavtool’s advanced AI can auto-suggest MIDI sequences and chord progressions based on your current composition and musical key. It can extract stems from uploaded samples, and convert audio samples into MIDI data, allowing you to reintegrate it how you wish. Aside from this, it really is a complete DAW with all the typical features you would expect. Don’t take our word for it, jump in today under the free Basic plan and see for yourself.

 

 

 

Level up your lyrical abilities with TextFX 

 

Primarily targeted towards rappers, TextFX is one of the more unique AI developments featured in today’s list. TextFX uses Google’s PaLM language model to unlock a vast sea of highly-effective lyric-writing-assistant tools. You can give the AI a word or phrase and choose one of ten tools to build from.

 

 

As you can see from the image above, the inputted word is “viability” and the Explode tool is selected, so the AI has provided some random associated phrases that sound similar. Each of the ten tools can produce some pretty interesting results that you would probably never think of independently, so it’s clear that this software has an application for even the most dedicated of lyricists. The app is free to use now from within your browser, so it’s easy to get stuck in from the off.

 

 

 

 

If you fancy a ready-made bank of ornate lyrics sung by professional vocalists, embrace the enchanting vocal harmonies and sung poems inside Aim Audio’s Poetic Vocals.

 

 

Create your own music visualiser with Vizzy.io 

 

Another innovative entry to make it into today’s discussion is Vizzy.io. The in-browser software allows you to create an audio-reactive visualiser with a wide range of tools and presets to choose from. If you’re looking for an easy and effective way to create visual counterparts to your music, Vizzy.io is the tool for you. Check out the video below for a few examples of the AI-augmented aesthetics you can create.

 

 

 

 

With a well-rounded interface and clear-cut control parameters, the editor is relatively easy to navigate, and the creative possibilities are diverse. Upon loading into the editor for the first time, you’ll be introduced to some presets made and shared by other creators, or you can start from scratch. You can upload your own audio, video, and images and choose which elements animate to the music with a lot of customisable options. Once again, this software is completely free to use!

 

 

 

Overhaul your entire toolkit with Orb Producer Suite 3 

 

 

Up next, we have an AI-driven DAW-assistant software with a few distinct features to set it apart from the competition. Orb Producer Suite 3 is almost a DAW in itself, allowing you to internally compose and edit MIDI sequences using AI. The suite also comes with four exclusive AI-powered plugins and Smart AI tools.

 

 

The interface design is intuitive and straightforward, and the audio capabilities are promising. The only downside to the software is that it only has a single entry price point at $99, although the Orb Plugins staff offer a 7-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your purchase. There are several presets and fresh tools to explore within the suite, so we wouldn’t blame you for indulging curiosity and seeing what you can conjure up within.

 

 

Play an artist’s brain with Datamind’s Combobulator 

 

The heading for this entry on the list might sound a bit wacky, but it’s entirely accurate! The Combobulator plugin contains neural networks that have been trained according to various professional (and consenting) musicians’ music styles so that you can follow in their footsteps and generate your own, original, live AI music.

 

 

 

 

Pretty cool, right? The plugin is still in its infancy, with a lot of room for growth, and the Datamind Audio team are looking to expand their Artist Brain catalogue far and wide as time goes on. Overall, it’s an innovative, interesting prospect with exciting potential. The plugin offers a 7-day free trial and is currently selling for $129, with contributions for each Artist Brain going to the dedicated artist.

 

 

Remember, you can find millions of unique samples in Loopcloud’s vast library of original sounds, across every instrument and genre imaginable. Here’s how to use Loopcloud’s Editor function to slice and dice samples and create something totally unique.

 

 

Licensed stem extraction with AudioShake 

 

AudioShake is another stem extraction AI recently released to the world. However, AudioShake has taken a unique approach and had a whole host of artists on board to release their stems for remixing with included sync licensing.

 

 

You can head to the Artists Stories page on the AudioShake website to dive a bit more into how different artists have been engaging with it. Aside from that, AudioShake’s stem extraction algorithms are definitely not to be trifled with. This stem extractor AI won the Sony Demixing Challenge, beating all other entrants. The results are crystal clear and the track split options are abundant. Could AudioShake become your new go-to AI stem extractor?

 

 

What’s next?

 

And, that’s it for this list of the latest AI technologies for music producers. We’re excited to see how things develop from here, and even though some of the entries in this list are still early on in their lifespan, they have a high potential to become widespread in the future. The more AI-powered computing continues to grow at this accelerated rate, the more advancement we’ll see. 

 

In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out for any key advancements and notable AI contributions to the field of music production. We’ll be back with another list to notify you of any updates soon enough, but for now, make sure to explore the current tools available and familiarise yourself with artificial intelligence. It really is going to shape the future of music production!

 

 

FAQ

 

What is the future of AI in music?

With the help of AI, musicians and songwriters can generate content in seconds, synthesize vocals, separate a full track into separate elements, and much more. Overall, the future of AI in music will be characterised by increased collaboration between humans and intelligent systems, leading to never before seen methods of production. There will also be issues with copyright and algorithmic bias, as well as questions concerning diminishing human creativity. 

 

Is there an AI for music production?

AI is increasingly being used in music production across various aspects of the process, including automated mixing and mastering, sound design, arrangement assistance, real-time performance enhancement and stem separation. At this point, most of the leading companies in the music production industry have released software that is augmented with AI.  

 

What is the best AI for making music?

The number of AI tools available to musicians is increasing rapidly, and there is now a wide array of options available to help you explore new sounds and push the boundaries of your musical creativity. Here are some of the best AI software for making music:

 

  • Amper Music
  • AIVA
  • Magenta Studio
  • LANDR
  • iZotope Ozone AI
  • Sony's Flow Machines
  • LALAL.AI
  • WaveAI's Song Render

 

How is AI being used in the music industry?

AI is changing the way music is created and produced, as well as the way it is consumed and experienced by audiences. AI-powered tools are helping musicians to write, record, and mix music more efficiently and creatively. With AI algorithms, user behaviour on streaming platforms is being more effectively analysed to give music fans a more personalised listening experience.