Written by J.Simpson and Benjamin Groff
With all of the buzz, energy, and excitement surrounding the AI sector in 2023, it’s little surprise that 2024’s AI music tools have already evolved so far beyond last year’s crop. In fact, some of the AI lyric generators feel like glorified virtual assistants when compared to this year’s crop of AI tools, which are already being used to score viral hits on Spotify and TikTok.
AI Music tools in 2024 can largely be broken down into six categories. They are:
- Voice emulators
- AI remixes
- Virtual bandmates
- Real-time music generation
- Music education
We’re going to take a look at some of our favorite AI music tools of 2024.
The 8 Best AI Music Tools of 2024
Vocal emulators are the biggest news in AI music tools in the first quarter of 2024, largely thanks to the controversy surrounding an AI emulating Drake and The Weeknd going viral last year. That’s just scratching the surface of what an AI vocal emulator is capable of, though. Vocal emulators let you change your voice in all manner of creative ways.
That’s just the beginning, though. MusicFy’s voice emulator isn’t restricted to replicating vocals. You can also easily convert your voice into instrumentals, too, making it a powerful tool for coming up with demos. You don’t need to wait years to become an instrumental virtuoso before getting your ideas out. Its text-to-music feature is impressive, as well, creating original music from a text prompt.
Hugging Face is known as “The Home of Machine Learning.” It’s got one of the largest and most active AI communities on the internet, that can create their own models, host their own apps – known as spaces – and share datasets. It’s no surprise they’ve got one of the most popular AI music generators with MusicGen by Facebook. It’s a simple, no-fuss AI music generator that’s still robust enough to generate real music.
Text-to-Music can also modify existing audio, which can act as a rudimentary AI remix tool if you get creative with your prompts.
Loudly is so much more than just a voice emulator or prompt input. It’s a fully functional music studio, letting you create brand-new creations from an array of templates, and specify the instrumentation, structure, and track energy. You can even create unique genre hybrids.
Loudly’s even got a community of musicians and creators who share their royalty-free music to use in your projects. Between the flexible, versatile, powerful AI studio and access to first-rate production music to use in podcasts, videos, or whatever other creative projects you might be working on.
Magenta Studio goes above and beyond your common music AI tool. Developed by Google, it’s not restricted to an app or website like the other AI music tools of 2024 we’ve discussed so far. Instead, it’s built using open-source code and software that can also be run as a plug-in in your digital audio workstation (DAW).
Magenta Studio is the next step beyond MusicFy’s ability to transpose vocals into instrumentation. Magenta Studio lets you build a whole song off of a simple riff or melody. Not only does this make Magenta Studio useful for generating whole pieces of music, it’s also a great learning tool. You can use Magenta Studio to automatically generate full songs and then reverse-engineer the end result to hone your arrangement skills.
Lalal.ai is an AI remix tool and production suite rolled up into one convenient, easy-to-use package. Its most striking feature is its ability to create your own stems from an audio file. If you’ve ever wished you could grab a percussion loop off of an obscure old LP, without having to fire up your DAW, you’re going to be in heaven using Lalal.ai.
The same algorithms it uses to differentiate a conga beat from a guitar line can be used to clean up your productions and samples. Lalala.ai’s Voice Cleaner can remove background noise, surface hiss, and unwanted vocal artifacts. If you’ve been wanting a noise remover without having to buy the full Waves Bundle, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of Lalal.ai.
Landr AI Mastering
Mastering is a bit of a mystery. It doesn’t get talked about as much as recording or mixing, yet it’s just as important for getting a great-sounding finished product if not moreso. People spend their entire careers learning how to master finished recordings, gathering expensive studio setups along the way. What if you could simply drag two tracks into a web app and get a pro-sounding finished track in less than two minutes?
Landr couldn’t be easier to use. You just have to drag the track you want to master into the web app along with a reference track to base the finished song on. Once the analysis is complete, it also lets you choose between a variety of styles, letting you customize the results for your particular sound. Whether you’re going for a warm, old school distortion or a bright, clear modern pop sound, you’ll be impressed with what Landr has to offer.
Is there anything more intimidating than a blank page? There’s a reason creative prompts are so popular. Sometimes all it takes is the slightest inspiration to propel you to your next work of genius.
SongStarter by BandLab is another music generator AI that creates original compositions to use in your projects and productions. You can select between 11 different genres, ranging from lo-fi to trap. You can also set the tempo and transpose the results, so it’s versatile as well as easy to use. It’s a great tool to have in your demo tool kit!
Claude AI Opera is designed specifically for music. It can even create an entire multi-act opera, complete with recurring motifs, repeating patterns, and harmony on par with a human composer. Considering that opera is some of the most complicated music in the world, that’s quite an accomplishment. Claude AI is worth a look for that alone. Add in the fact that it can also emulate existing musical styles, and Claude AI is an unbelievably powerful tool for musicians at every level.
Final Thoughts on the Best AI Music Tools of 2024
As you can see from the tools we’ve discussed, there’s a lot more to AI music tools than having them simply spitting out completed music for you. They can do that, and there are all sorts of scenarios where that’s warranted.
already starting to teach a course on AI music.
AI music tools are unlocking all manner of interesting new opportunities for creativity and musical innovation. Within the history of music and evolution of tools for songwriters, artists and producers, we can look back and see the perceived “threats” to music and how they ultimately not only became embraced, but became essential in the development to where we are today.
Be it the LinnDrum machine in 1982, digital audio workstations, the Akai S900 or S1000 sampler, the ADAT 8 track digital machine, the CD, the Mp3, Napster, Spotify, etc…each new technology was controversial. And for sure, the adaptation of each of those new technologies shut down (or severely impacted) the industries and companies which came before. As example – who is still buying AMPEX 2” 16 track recording tape?
The same will be true for A.I.
A.I. is controversial for sure and it will disrupt, impact today’s current way of music. The silver lining and the answer is always the following.
Those who embrace the future, will be the ones who thrive.
Or, you know, you could still make your demos on that TASCAM 4 Track Cassette Player.