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A.I. Tools: 10 REAL Ways That They Will Help Musicians' Creative Process

In this article, ADAM 4 Artists examines 10 specific ways that musicians will embrace AI to improve their creative process.

AI Robot making music

If anyone has been near social media recently, they've very likely been inundated by stories and posts covering the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and music. From established artists such as Rihanna and Beyonce performing AI driven covers of songs from their contemporaries, to A.I. Drake (and Weeknd) dropping bangers left and right, to artists offering A.I. based publishing deals. Currently it feels like everyone's watching a massive reshaping of the music industry, a la Napster, all over again, in real time.


If AI is revolutionizing the way music is created, distributed and consumed; and in the coming years technology is poised to make an even bigger impact on the creative process of musicians, how can artists take advantage of the opportunity without getting lost in the artificial sauce? Here are ten specific ways that AI will help musicians automate their creative process in the near future.


1. Melody Generation

Melody generation is an area where AI has already made significant strides. AI-generated melodies can be used as a starting point for a song or as a way to fill in the gaps in an existing composition. AI algorithms analyze large amounts of music data and use machine learning techniques to generate new melodies that are musically coherent and pleasing to the ear.


2. Chord Progressions

Chord progressions are the backbone of many songs, and AI can help musicians come up with new and interesting chord progressions quickly. AI algorithms can analyze a musician's existing work and generate new chord progressions that fit the style and mood of the song.


3. Virtual Collaborators

Collaboration is an essential part of the music-making process, and AI can help musicians collaborate remotely. Virtual collaborators can analyze a musician's existing work and generate new ideas and suggestions, making it feel like a real collaboration.


4. Instrumental Arrangement

AI can help musicians come up with interesting instrumental arrangements for their songs. By analyzing the music data, AI algorithms can suggest new instruments, chord progressions, and melodies that fit well with the existing song.

Musician using AI to create music

5. Lyrics and Rhyme Scheme

AI can help musicians with lyric writing by analyzing the mood and tone of the song and suggesting rhymes and lyrics that fit. This can save musicians a lot of time and energy and help them focus on other aspects of the creative process.


6. Remixing

Remixing is a popular way to create new versions of existing songs, and AI can help musicians with this process. AI algorithms can analyze the existing song and generate new versions with different instruments, tempos, and arrangements.


7. Sound Design

Sound design is an essential part of music production, and AI can help musicians with this process. By analyzing the sound data, AI algorithms can suggest new sounds, effects, and mixing techniques that fit well with the existing track.


8. Sample Management

Managing samples can be a tedious and time-consuming task, but AI can help musicians with this process. By analyzing the sample data, AI algorithms can suggest new samples that fit well with the existing track and help musicians organize their sample libraries.


9. Mixing and Mastering

Mixing and mastering are the final stages of music production, and AI can help musicians with these processes. By analyzing the sound data, AI algorithms can suggest new mixing and mastering techniques that improve the overall sound quality of the track.


10. Music Distribution and Promotion

AI can also help musicians with music distribution and promotion. AI algorithms can analyze the target audience and suggest the best platforms, channels, and strategies to reach them. This can save musicians a lot of time and energy and help them focus on the creative process.

A band that uses AI to create music, performing live

In conclusion, AI is set to revolutionize the creative process. Fans will watch A.I. tools help musicians creatively, increasingly, in the coming years. From melody generation to music distribution, AI can automate and streamline many aspects of music production. While some musicians may be hesitant to embrace these technologies, those who do will have a competitive edge in the industry and more time and energy to focus on the creative aspects of their craft.


ADAM would love to hear from you! Share your thoughts. Do you think that A.I. will eventually take over the creative process? And how are you planning on using AI to improve your process?

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