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How to use AI in music

It’s still new technology, but you can already start using AI in music right now. Artificial intelligence is expected to take up more and more space in the music industry as it grows, so why not get involved? It’s only scary if you haven’t learned about it, yet. Let’s go.

If you happen to be using an iOS device these days, then you’re especially in luck. Having become publicly available as of 18 August 2018, Amadeus Code downloadable from the Apple App Store for free with in-app purchases now.

Amadeus Code has been developed with music artists in mind, so don’t get the idea that it’s going to put every creative mind out of business. Its main function is to aid the human composer. Or, as the Amadeus people put it, “Say goodbye to writer’s block.”

The Amadeus Team describes their program as: “a powerful yet simple melody composing app that lets you make songs in minutes, whether you’re a beginner or a professional musician. Melodies are composed by a first of its kind proprietary artificial intelligence engine and can be exported as audio and MIDI files to a DAW of your choice for further creative production.”

Sounds great to us.

If you do not, however, belong to the iNation, then today your best bet is Adobe’s Amper, shown above.

As you can see from the image, Amper is streamlined, user-friendly, and accessible to anyone who’d like to install the software and put it to work. It’s still in beta, which is a good thing for indie artists because as of now it is still free. Creative musicians wanting to see what it’s like to collaborate with an algorithm can start here.

A cloud-based platform, Amper calls itself: “an artificial intelligence composer, performer, and producer that empowers you to instantly create and customize original music for your content.”

This means that Amper really is likely to put a few songwriters and composers out of work if it makes songs for film, TV and video games just as well as people can. However, since the rights to its outputted songs belong to the user, you can use its music in your own compositions and even get paid for them when you’re done, too.

Other options for very interested and somewhat more technologically advanced artists include Google’s Magenta program and Jukedeck.

So get out there and ‘borg it up, artists!