Despite having become buzzwords in music technology over the last few years, it has often felt like “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning” were experiments taking place in secluded computer labs or only with established musicians. The tools that promised to revolutionize the way we make music never seemed to trickle down to the “we” of your regular bedroom producer.
Magenta Studio might be set to change all that. Developed by the Google AI team and first showed at Ableton Loop in Los Angeles last year, Magenta is now available standalone and on Ableton (both Mac and Windows), giving you the chance to experiment with the powerful data analysis that machine learning provides.
The studio comes equipped with a variety of functions and plugins which affect the generation of melodies and rhythms. This allows you to work in conjunction with artificial intelligence: you can phrases that Magenta will then algorithmically fill out, or can merge and morph between clips. It’s a handy way of generating patterns you may not have thought of yourself, but that can form the basis for new experiments.
But how does Magenta really work? We recommend you head over to CDM, where there is an extensive breakdown of how the Magenta machine learning algorithm really works, and what makes its tools so powerful. In the meantime, check out some demo videos for these tools above and below.