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A Complete Guide to AI Music Generators

AI music generators have been around for years, but it was really only in 2023 that serious diffusion and transformer models became available to the general public. This technology is an order of magnitude better than anything that came before it. 2024 has seen this trend accelerate, with better options commercially available at a low cost, with high quality audio output.


To help you navigate the landscape and get a clear lay of the land, we've compiled the most popular and highest quality AI music tools as of early 2024.


Table of Contents


  1. Logic Pro 2

  2. WavTool

  3. Audio Design Desk

  4. AIVA

  5. Bandlab SongStarter

  6. Audacity OpenVINO AI effects

  7. RipX DAW Pro


Text-to-Music software


Text-to-image apps like Dalle 2 and Midjourney have created a demand for similar experiences in song and video generation. As of 2024, there are a handful of AI music generators that take us closer to that goal.


AudioCipher: Text-to-MIDI VST



Website: AudioCipher

Cost: $29.99 one-time purchase (free lifetime version upgrades)

AI Music App Format: VST/AU plugin formats, Standalone option

Music output format: Midi

Target audience: Musicians who use a DAW


AudioCipher kicked off the text-to-music experience as a DAW plugin, more than two years before apps like Riffusion, MusicGen, and MusicLM reached the public. It's not an AI-powered plugin, but it helped normalize the idea of text to music within the music producer community, so it's fitting that it would be top of list as a kind of cultural landmark.


Version 3.0 is a text-to-MIDI generator that turns words and phrases into chord progressions and melodies, within any major DAW. Choose a key signature and configure some basic rhythm settings.


Drag any phrase into a MIDI instrument channel and apply the sound design of your choice. Refine the MIDI until you arrive at something you like.


The plugin uses a home brewed algorithm and does not run any AI services, but our team works closely with founders and programers in our industry to create bridges and nurture the collective effort toward rich generative MIDI experiences.



Audiocipher v3

Suno AI's lyric-to-song web app



Website: Suno.AI 

Cost: Free plan, then $10 for 500 songs.

AI Music output format: MP4

Target audience: Anyone who wants to make songs with AI


Suno is widely regarded as the best serious AI music generation app today. The web app offers users the ability to generate 500 songs for as little as ten dollars. Users type in lyrics and choose a style of music to create a pair of two-minute songs.


The full range of subgenres is staggering and the company has created an additional web app that performs genre fusion, so you can see what unrelated styles sound like when bundled together in a single prompt.


If you're going to try out any AI text-to-song generators, let this be the one. Their two biggest competitors are Udio and Riffusion, if you're looking for alternatives.


SoundGen AI: Transform samples with text prompts


Website: Soundgen.io

Cost: Free plan or $10-20/month or $99-199/year

AI Music App Format: Web and standalone app

Music output format: Wav files

Target audience: Musicians and video editors


SoundGen is an instrumental AI music generator built by Audio Design Desk, the popular sound design DAW for video editors. This new web app generates music and sound effects based on text prompts, but includes a number of other unique features. For example, users can experiment with fun image-to-music prompting, effectively turning any picture into a song cue.


On a more practical note, SoundGen supports audio-to-audio style transfer. In plain English, that means you can upload any audio file and use text to transform it into something new. If you have a solo melody, it will create a full arrangement based on your text (or image) prompt.


Alternatively, if you have a full arrangement you can use the remix mode to extend it in new directions. As a musician, we love the ability to come up with the next riff idea by creating a batch of variations and seeing what sticks.


It's free to sign up for SoundGen and you'll get a batch of credits when you're first starting out so you can test the service and see what you think.


Riffusion 2.0: AI Song Generator

Website: Riffusion

Cost: Free

AI Music App Format: Web app

Music output format: MP3

Target audience: Musicians and non-musicians


Riffusion was originally released in December 2022 as the first free AI text to music web application. Then, in October 2023, Riffusion announced that they had raised $4M in funding and rolled out a more advanced version of their website.


The app currently generates instrumental music in any style, with an optional second layer for vocals. Type in lyrics and Riffusion's AI will sing along with the instrumentals it creates. Store the audio in your user collection and download the files whenever you'd like.


Mubert Text-to-audio web app

Mubert text to music

Website: Mubert

Cost: Licensing structure ranges from $19-499 per track for a 45 second track

AI Music App Format: Web app

Music output format: MP3 and Wav

Target audience: Musicians and non-musicians


Mubert is currently the one of the best text-to-music solutions for generate full songs without unwanted artifacts. Their system takes in written descriptions along with qualities like mood. They pass it through an ML model trained on their labeled audio dataset.


Existing human-made loops in the database are modified using composition algorithms and a layer of sound design, delivering a song that you can safely use in your podcasts and YouTube videos.



Mubert licensing prices

Google MusicFX (Formerly MusicLM)


Google MusicLM Interface

Website: MusicFX

Cost: Free

AI Music App Format: AI test kitchen (Google standalone app)

Music output format: Download feature available to select users only

Target audience: Musicians and non-musicians


MusicFX, formerly known as MusicLM, delivers the most accurate text-to-song generation service. Data scientists from Google's team measured the parity of MusicLM's audio output relative to the initial text and found it outperformed both Riffusion and Mubert. The audio quality is much better than Riffusion, but inferior to Mubert due to the presence of noise and artifacts.

For those who are interested, we've written an intro to Google's AI music datasets and how they trained the models that power MusicLM. As the owners of YouTube, Google has the right to train on any video in their collection. Their datasets include a human-labeled spreadsheet called MusicCaps, a medium-sized collection called AudioSet, and a massive 40+ million file, unsupervised dataset called MuLan.


AI voice generators


Vocal deepfakes of mainstream artists went viral in 2023, with one AI Drake song Heart on My Sleeve generating over twenty million streams in under one month. AI music has become synonymous with AI songs, and with voice impersonation by extension. To learn more about specific products, check out our article on the best AI voice generators for music producers.


Vocal and Instrumental stem splitters

Lalalai

Stem splitting is commonly used to remove vocals from an existing track. Spotify does this as part of their AI karaoke feature, for example, so that users can sing along to the instrumental versions of their favorite songs.

For musicians, the most popular AI stem splitter is Lalal.ai due to its high quality output and API, which many other companies have white labeled and repackaged under their own brand. There are several other options available that you can read about here.


AI mixing and AI mastering software


Mixing and mastering tracks can be challenging, even if you're a seasoned musician. It used to require a trained ear and expensive hardware, which later gave way to more affordable DAW plugins. MusicRadar provides a complete list of smart plugins for mixing and mastering here. For a quick and simple solution, Landr offers a popular AI mastering tool that runs right in your web browser.


AI DAWs for musicians


The expressions AI DAW and generative audio workstation are used to describe music production tools augmented by artificial intelligence.


Logic Pro 2 (AI session musicians)

Cost: $200 one time cost

App format: Desktop / iPad Pro


In May 2024, Apple announced the launch of Logic Pro 2. This new version of the app includes three AI session musicians; a drummer, keyboard player, and bassist. Each of these instruments are designed to accompany your existing music, with respect to the chord progressions and rhythms you've created.


In addition to these AI bandmates, Apple has also introduced stem separation that splits audio recordings into vocals, drums, bass, and "other".


WavTool GPT-4 DAW

Website: WavTool

Cost: $20/month

App format: Web app


WavTool is the first AI DAW to offer a GPT-4 music production assistant. As the video above demonstrates, users can ask the copilot to create music tracks, add effects, and even compose MIDI. It excels at prescriptive instructions and struggles with abstract statements like "write a good song" or "write a catchy melody".


We've published a thought piece explaining how AutoGPT music prompts could improve on the limitations of call-and-response methods found in Wavtool or when using ChatGPT music prompts.


WavTool added a new sample generator function. One of our team members reviewed it in the clip below.



Audio Design Desk

Cost: Three plans available

Basic: ($8.99/month or $89/year) 8 tracks and 50 regions, 3000 audio files

Personal: ($14.99/month or $149/year) Unlimited tracks, regions, 70k audio files

Professional: ($29.99/month or $299/year) Commercial licensing options

App format: Desktop DAW


Audio Design Desk is a sound design DAW that uses sonic intelligence to position and hot swap audio files relative to video. Users can trigger entire classes of audio, like risers and impacts, with the stroke of a key. This makes it easy to build full sonic landscapes for a scene in a single take.

ADD has won Product of the Year and Best of Show at audio conventions like NAMM and NAB for the past two years. The next version of Audio Design Desk will include an embedded suite of tools from their sister company, Makr.


You can demo the app directly on their homepage or watch a live presentation from one of their product experts below.



AIVA Song Generator

AIVA - an ai music app

Website: AIVA

Popularity: Medium

Difficulty level: Low-to-medium

Music Genres: Modern Cinematic, Electronic, Ambient, Rock, Fantasy, Jazz, Sea Shanty, 20th Century Cinematic, Tango, Chinese

Generative Attributes: Mood, genre, theme, length, tempo, instruments

Cost: Three plans available

Free plan: Download up to 3 tracks per month in MIDI and MP3 format

Standard: (€15/month or €132/year) include 15 downloads per month

Pro: (€49/month or €396/year) includes 300 downloads and copyright

AIVA was one of the first companies to solve instant-music generation with AI. It runs in your internet browser, using deep learning algorithms trained on over 30,000 human compositions over several years. You don't need to play an instrument or know anything about making music to use it. AIVA does include a MIDI editor that requires more awareness of digital music arrangement.


AIVA editor
AIVA editor interface

Bandlab SongStarter

Bandlab AI music generator
Playing back and selecting Bandlab audio

Popularity: Medium

Difficulty level: Low-to-medium

Music Genres: Pop, Trap, Hip Hop, Retro Wave, Acoustic Pop, Lo-fi, Electronic, Latin, Ambient, RnB

Generative Attributes: Genre, tempo, key signature, effects

Cost: $14.95/month or $149.50/year

BandLab is a remote music collaboration app that offers an entry-level AI music creator. Users select their preferred type of music and then pick from one of three variations. BandLab makes the track's stems available within their digital studio. So while the generative attributes are limited, musicians can make changes to the tempo and key signature after the fact. Like most DAWs, you can control panning, volume and effects as well.


BandLab Studio

Audacity OpenVINO AI effects


Audacity OpenVINO AI plugins

Popularity: Medium

Difficulty level: medium-to-hard

Music Genres: All genres

Generative Attributes: Music separation, generation, and noise suppression

Cost: Free


If you've been in the audio game for a while, you probably recognize the name Audacity. Founded nearly 25 years ago, the open-source digital audio editing software offers a range of features for both beginners and experienced users. It's available on multiple platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux.


During the first week of January 2024, they announced a new set of AI plugins that load directly within the DAW. Aside from basic audio editing features, they have partnered with Riffusion to provide a generative text-to-song experience.


Audacity is technically an audio editor and not a DAW, but it has many of the core features including live audio recording, multi-track editing and mixing, sound effects, and now it also includes generative music capabilities.


RipX DAW Pro by Hit'n'Mix


Audacity OpenVINO AI plugins

Website: RipX DAW Pro

Difficulty level: medium-to-hard

Music Genres: All genres

AI tools: Stem separation, audio-to-midi conversion, audio manipulation

Cost: Free trial for 21 days, then $99 one-time purchase


RipX is one of the few DAWs on the market that has kept up with the recent demand for AI-powered tools. Users can upload any audio file and separate it into individual instrument tracks with high fidelity. From there, it automatically converts the audio stems into a kind of midi-wave form hybrid ala Melodyne.


Like Samplab or Basic pitch, you're able to move individual notes of a polyphonic track up and down. But even better, you can split them and move only part of the note, applying special transitions like a slide to make the transition sound natural. It's an incredibly powerful tool and one of the best ways to elaborate on AI songs you've created with a third party service.


AI audio-to-midi converters


These audio-to-midi apps could come in handy for musicians that can't or don't want to decipher chords or melodies from recorded songs. Music producers who want to apply autotune and fine-tune their vocal performance will find Melodyne to be the most useful option here.


Samplab Polyphonic Audio-to-MIDI Converter



Website: Samplab

Cost: $9.99/month or $99.99/year

Polyphonic audio supported: yes

App format: DAW plugin and standalone

Samplab 2 is currently the leading polyphonic audio-to-MIDI converter. Users upload an audio file and select the region that they want to transcribe. The artificial intelligence layer detects separate instruments and converts each one into a separate MIDI track. In the past six month, the company has rolled out several updates and improvements, outlined in the video below.



Spotify Basic Pitch


Website: Basic Pitch

Cost: Free

Polyphonic audio supported: yes

App format: Web app


As one of many Spotify AI music apps, Basic Pitch is probably the most pragmatic creative tool for music producers. This polyphonic audio-to-midi converter loads directly within your browser.

Basic Pitch doesn't separate instruments the way Samplab does, and its accuracy hinges heavily on the source audio's complexity and noise levels. You can preview the MIDI in-browser and download the file directly from the site if you want to keep it.


Melodyne 5 by Celemony


Website: Melodyne

Cost: $399

Polyphonic audio supported: yes (only one instrument at a time)

App format: Plugin and standalone options


Melodyne 5 is generally considered the gold standard for vocal audio-to-MIDI conversion and editing. The high cost has put this software out of reach for your average audio engineer, but the transcriptions are highly accurate and the piano roll editor gives users unparalleled control over the articulation of each note. Melodyne does support polyphonic audio but only for one instrument at a time.


AI music generators without text prompts


To get started, we'll share a complete list of the most popular web apps that anyone can use to create music for commercial use. These music tracks don't run the risk of copyright strikes that you encounter by using commercial music without permission from the artist.


SOUNDRAW interface

Website: SOUNDRAW.IO

Popularity: High

Difficulty level: Low

AI generated music attributes: Mood, genre, theme, length, tempo, instruments

Cost: $19.99/month or $203.88/year


Users can explore existing tracks in the SOUNDRAW music database or pick your own attributes and hit create to start discovering unique tracks for your project.

A simplified AI music generator, called Ecrett, identifies itself as Soundraw's "little brother" and claims to have generated over 54 million combinations of music.


Ecrett music interface

Boomy

Boomy ai music generator

Website: Boomy

Popularity: High

Difficulty level: Low

AI generated music attributes: Genres, Instruments, Drums, Mixing, SFX, Tempo

Cost: Three plans available

Free Plan: limited saves (undisclosed qty) and 5 album/single releases

Premium: ($2.99/month) Unlimited saves, downloads, 20 releases

Pro: ($9.99/month) Unlimited songs, releases, and priority rights requests

Boomy is an AI generated music community that lets users create original material and collect royalties through streaming platforms. The web app offers an extremely low barrier to entry, with just a few clicks required to create a song.

Over 14.5 million songs have been created with Boomy, representing 14% of the world's total recorded music. The app came under fire in early May 2023 when Spotify accused Boomy's creators of spamming the service with mobile farms that run up the streaming count.

Tens of thousands of songs were taken down and many sites incorrectly reported that these takedowns were due to Boomy's low quality music. Spotify clarified its position about the stream farms and reinstated the Boomy publishing pipeline a week later.


Boomy interface

Soundful

Soundful dashboard

Website: Soundful

Popularity: Medium

Difficulty level: Low

Music Genres: Lofi hip hop, Hype beats, Relaxation, Club beats, Trap, Dance, Drill, Afro pop, Disco, Pop funk, Synth pop, EDM, Techno, RnB, Latin, Reggaeton

AI generated music attributes: Genres, Instruments, Drums, Mixing, SFX, Tempo

Cost: Three plans available

Free Plan: 10 downloads, 1 stem pack

Premium: ($9.99/month or $89/year) Unlimited downloads, 5 stem packs

Pro: Cost is undisclosed, custom solution, monetize your songs


Soundful offers a more nuanced than Boomy in its approach to music generation. You can pick from a greater number of genres and music attributes, but it still has a simple enough interface for anyone to use. If you want to generate tracks for commercial use, you'll need to pay an additional fee.

Soundful AI Music Creation
Soundful's music creation interface

Amper Music AI and Shutterstock

Amper melody generator app
Amper's design before Shutterstock

Amper was a powerful, browser-based AI music creator that delivered a similar feature set to AIVA, but with more controls over the final output. Shutterstock acquired Amper in 2020 and assimilated the app's musical output into a static music library. You might find it included in Twitter lists of "best AI tools" but technically speaking, it's just a stock music collection now. It's not going to create new songs but you can find royalty-free music for your corporate videos if you're trying to avoid copyright strikes.


Shutterstock's Amper Music collection
Shutterstock's Amper Music collection

MuseNet AI MIDI Generator

Musenet AI music app interface

MuseNet was a browser-based AI MIDI generator app from OpenAI. When it launched in 2019, users could select from a few parameters like style, instruments, and length. The MIDI would playback in your browser and there was an option to export the MIDI file for free. An independent developer, Steven Waterman, built a UI layer on top of the MuseNet API called MuseTree.

Unfortunately, OpenAI switched off the MuseNet API near the end of December 2022, the same week that ChatGPT came out. The Musenet page now features a static demo that mimics the MIDI generation functionality. It always generates the same MIDI output. MuseTree no longer works, due to the MuseNet API being decommissioned.

This concludes our overview of AI music apps in 2024.


I hope you've discovered some new tools and that this list gave you a better sense of what's out there. Subscribe to our mailing list from the homepage to stay up to date on the latest in this field.


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