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Top 20+ AI Plugins for Creative Music Production (Harmony, Drum Patterns, Sound Design)

AI is getting better and better at assisting music producers in the composition process. Not only can it help you get over a creative block, but also makes your workflow much faster. In this article we'll explore the 20+ best AI plugins to help you with writing melodies, chords, drums and even sample library management.

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1. Orb Producer Suite 3

Orb Producer Suite is a set of 4 AI MIDI generator plugins: Orb Chords, Orb Melody, Orb Bass and Orb Arpeggio. These tools allow for both quick randomization of patterns and very advanced customization with parameters such as Complexity, Density, Polyphony and much more. Included you will find a full wavetable synthesizer to play the created patterns without having to use another synth plugin. Of course you can still easily drag and drop the created patterns onto a MIDI track for further editing or using your own instrument plugins. A great feature of the suite is that all of these plugins synchronize across the entire DAW project - meaning that the Chords, Melody, Bass and Arpeggio always stay in harmony together.

Check out Orb Producer Suite here

2. Playbeat

This plugin is an AI drum sequencer which allows you to load samples and automatically create drum patterns. These can be generated according to specified parameters or based on existing phrases you’ve marked as “smart”. Similarly to Orb Producer Suite, this plugin allows for both quick generation of ideas, as well as very in depth editing of parameters such as Steps and Density. Playbeat also includes 3 types of randomization algorithms, giving you infinite variations of a single rhythmic phrase.

Check out Playbeat here

3. Atlas 2

Atlas by Algonaut is an AI-powered sample browser plugin and sequencer. The software creates “sample maps” which are very easy to browse. Instead of having to go through endless folders on your hard drive, Atlas automatically puts similar samples close to one another, so you are able to easily browse for alternative sounds whenever you need one. With a few clicks you are able to build custom drum kits, easily swap samples and edit your sounds. The plugin also includes a full sequencer which is able to automatically generate patterns, making drum pattern creation incredibly easy.

Check out Atlas 2 here

4. Magenta Studio

Magenta Studio is a set of 5 AI tools from Google, available both as Ableton Live plugins and standalone apps. They are essentially MIDI editors, allowing you to completely transform your existing melodies and drum patterns. The collection includes “Continue” and “Generate 4 Bars” (which give you continuations and variations of your patterns), “Drumify” (creates drums from melodies), “Interpolate” (merges rhythmic or melodic ideas) and “Groove” (adjusts timing and velocity to humanize drums).

Check out Magenta Studio here


5. Synplant (Plugin)

Synplant’s “Genopatch” technology utilizes AI to create synth patches from audio recordings. You simply drop a sample into the plugin, and it generates plenty of synthesized variations in seconds. Synplant also provides various ways to further sculpt your sound, including a unique “DNA Editor”.

Check out Synplant

6. Spark Chords (Plugin)

Spark is an AI-powered chord trigger. One of the best features in Spark is generating chords based on text input. You can then use single keys to play the generated elaborate progressions - no piano skills required!

Check out Spark Chords

7. Emergent Drums 2 (Plugin)

Emergent Drums 2 uses AI to create drum samples. It crafts original drum samples from scratch, ensuring uniqueness in every creation without relying on source recordings. Deep Sampling technology enables users to generate countless variations of existing samples by adjusting the similarity slider.

Check out Emergent Drums 2



8. Drumnet (Plugin)

DrumNet is an AI-powered drum machine plugin. It features Deep Resampling technology which lets you create infinite variations of sounds based on your samples - similarly to Emergent Drums. Other features include a built-in sequencer and over 200 presets.

Check out Drumnet


9. Wavtool (Web)

WavTool is a web-based DAW, employing AI to accelerate music production. The platform includes Conductor, a multi-modal music chatbot, capable of answering questions, generating audio and MIDI and transcribing music. Composer, another component, acts as a tool to combat writer's block, offering live MIDI autocomplete with contextual suggestions. 

Check out Wavtool


10. Text to Sample (Plugin)

This free VST plugin generates samples from text without even the need of connecting to the internet. It does all processing locally, and the results will surprise you with quality. It’s also able to take any audio you have and transform it according to your text prompt.

Check out Text to Sample


11. Evebeat Melody Sauce 2 (Plugin)

Melody Sauce 2 is an AI-powered melody generator. It includes over 300 style settings, covering genres like Hip Hop, Trap, EDM, House, Techno, Pop and R&B. The AI engine creates unique melodies based on user settings. Once you create a pattern, you can either use one of the 100 built-in instruments or drag it to your DAW and transform it further.

Check out Melody Sauce 2

12. Torsion Audio Scyclone (Plugin)

Scyclone is an innovative audio plugin utilizing neural timbre transfer technology. It allows you to take any sound and transform it into a something else. Scyclone is particularly useful for drum patterns, with its two models - Djembe and Funk Drums. Dialing in a bit of each of the algorithms is a great way of adding interest and fattening up drums.

Check out Scyclone

13. ZPlane Decoda (Standalone)

This tool makes figuring out chord progressions incredibly easy! deCoda is a song-learning and analysis tool. After importing an audio file, deCoda reveals key, tempo, and chords, and even identifies different sections like verse and chorus. 

Check out Decoda


14. Jamahook Sound Assistant (Plugin)

This VST uses AI with your personal local audio library to recommend you the samples to use. It categorizes and structures your sample library and provides instant recommendations. It not only speeds up the sample searching process, but also allows you to discover forgotten gems in your music collection.

Check out Jamahook


15. Instachord 2

Instachord’s AI feature creates entire chord progressions for you. You can then adjust these generated ideas straight from the plugin or export MIDI and edit further in your DAW. This way, you can create progressions you would never have thought of! 

Check out Instachord 2


16. Sistema 2

Sistema2 by guk.ai is an AI-powered synthesizer. The Prompt feature enables users to generate intricate synth sounds instantly by entering a text description. AI-driven effect chains suggest and apply suitable effects, modulations, and signal routing in real-time, unlocking a world of sonic possibilities.

Check out Sistema 2


17. Cosmos by Waves

COSMOS Sample Finder offers AI-powered sample-finding, analyzing and categorizing samples on your hard drive. Utilizing AI neural networks, COSMOS auto-tags samples by instrument, timbre, style, key, BPM, and more, providing efficient organization. The interface allows users to quickly find specific samples by entering search terms, making it easy to locate desired sounds instantly.

Check out Cosmos


18. TuneFlow 

TuneFlow is an AI-powered DAW. Its feature Voice Clone enables users to pick and clone preferred voices for singing or reading. The Smart Composer kickstarts music ideas with preferred styles and tempos, while the Smart Drummer effortlessly creates drum tracks based on chosen beat styles. The Ultra-Clean Source Separator splits mixed audio tracks into separate vocal, drum, bass, and other stems with industry-leading AI models. 

Check out TuneFlow

19. Pilot Plugins – Mixed in Key

Pilot Plugins 2.0 includes 4 VST plugins: Pilot Chords, Pilot Melody, Pilot Bass, and Pilot Arpeggio. Tailored for diverse music genres, they provide a fast and efficient way to compose chord progressions, melodies, basslines and arpeggios. Powered by the Phase Plant synth, Pilot Plugins also offer over 250 sounds. 

Check out Pilot Plugins


20. Splice Stacks 

Splice Stacks is an AI-powered sample discovery feature. Stacks can be up to eight layers sourced from Splice's extensive catalog. You can choose from 12 styles as starting points, allowing AI to match sounds across genres and styles, resulting in infinite unprecedented musical combinations.

Check out Splice Stacks


21. Bass Dragon

Bass dragon focuses on writing killer bass patterns. It’s a genre-specific plugin: you can choose between specific genres and scales, and generate patterns with a click of a button. You can then export the sound as MIDI or audio onto another track. Bass Dragon works in 30 different genres, including Drum & Bass, Funk, Future Bass, Hip Hop & Rap, House & Deep House, R&B, Synthwave, Techno & Melodic Techno, Trance & Psytrance and Trap.

Check out Bass Dragon


See Also:

Top 15 AI Web Apps for Music Producers (Mastering, Stem Splitting, Composition, Sampling & More)

Top 15 AI Plugins and Tools for Mixing and Mastering Music

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