The Growing Use of AI in Music Creation

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in the modern era of music creation for many reasons. It’s a powerful tool that serves many purposes, from filling in smaller blanks to opening wider opportunities to musicians. Here we want to look at just a few of the growing opportunities that both established and newer AI presents for musicians, and how it can be used to great effect.

To Fill in the Blanks

Creating music is a rewarding pursuit, but it’s plagued with little complications and annoyances that can hold musicians back. You can be an expert in a few instruments that you have lying around, but you might be a complete amateur in another, or simply not have the space for it. In these situations, AI can act as a stopgap measure, with systems like Amper Music and AIVI being guided to fill in the blanks. This opens the door to more musicians, allowing for fantastic new forms of experimentation and engagement.

Take for example a guitarist and bass player who needs drums and a keyboard for the song they’re working on, but doesn’t have access to them. Right now they might have or save money until they can get what they need, but with AI it would be possible to skip these hard parts, vastly increasing convenience and improving workflow.

To Automate Time-Consuming Tasks

AI can also be used to automate certain parts of the creative process both directly and indirectly. Whenever the basic elements of creation and testing can be automated, AI can act as a framework, and this could apply to many forms of entertainment where software is involved.

Consider what goes into creating modern bingo app systems for desktop and mobile platforms. Titles like Age of Gods and Blue Wizard are safer thanks to modern basic AI that goes into all app development programs. AI helps streamline user adoption as seen directly through elements like QR codes, which are produced by AI. 

While we often overlook the contributions of smaller AI programs, they play a significant part in any piece of musical software. Widely used programs like Audacity offer AI plugins to change voices, address mic pop, and otherwise dampen audio issues. The average online chat program like Messenger or Discord uses this kind of AI heavily, even though we tend to overlook how it’s implemented. It might be possible to manage these tasks through hardware or manual data manipulation, but the time and money sinks would be immense.

The ultimate position of AI in music depends on the people using it. Like any tool, its value depends on the skills of the craftsmen. It’s a technology that has already shown immense aid in the world of sound, and it’s only going to become more powerful and useful in the future. It won’t ever take over the creation process completely, but that might be for the best, as there really isn’t quite anything like the human touch.

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