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 4 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.
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.
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.
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).
(As for July 2023, Magenta Studio is unavailable to download)