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Suno AI Migrates From Discord to Browser, Partners with Bing

Generative AI tools took the world by storm in 2023, culminating in an unexpected end-of-year partnership between Microsoft and text-to-song company Suno AI.


Here's how it works. Suno asks for a written description of a song, with the option to include lyrics. Within ten seconds, users receive two AI songs of up to 80 seconds each, complete with AI vocals singing or rapping.


The sound quality is the best you're going to find among genai music tools. There is plenty of work to do to improve audio fidelity, but Suno is at the leading edge.


Following a year of hypergrowth, the company has pivoted from their popular Discord server to an even more formidable web app.


The new format is better organized and easier for users to navigate.


For the first time, people can make their creations public and if they promote them, popular tracks might show on the Trending leaderboard, seen below.


Suno trending leaderboard

The implications of Suno's AI music community will become apparent this year as the app develops further. For now, let's have a proper look at Suno's web and Discord apps, to understand how to use it and learn more about the company as a whole.


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Getting started with Suno AI 



To get started with Suno AI, we recommend visiting their website here.


Sign up for free and find yourself at the main dashboard. Describe the kind of music you want and with the click-of-a-button, your wish will be granted!



Each prompt generates two 45-second song variations, including fully original instrumental arrangements and lyrical vocals. Suno's AI model will write the lyrics and song title, along with an AI generated image ala Midjourney / Dalle-3.


One of the most impressive details about Suno is that it can write and sing in any major language. Submit lyrics in any of the supported languages or simply name it in the style prompt.


In my experience, when providing no lyrics and indicating that a song should be performed by a French man, the lyrics came out in French. When providing English lyrics and indicating that the style was for a "cute japanese game show", some of the lyrics were translated into Japanese.


Suno AI web browser dashboard

Users who want to add their own lyrics can hit the custom switch, located at the top left above the style of music text area. For those who have a theme in mind but need a little help, try the "make random lyrics" action. It will transform your initial input into something more elaborate.


Over time, your personal library of AI songs will begin to grow. You can up and down vote the songs to let the model know how it's doing. Click the ellipsis to access a few other options including Remix, Continue, Share, Download and Report.



The remix option will create a new variation on the same concept and try to stay in that ballpark. Continue from this clip will expand upon the existing idea.


Switch the sharing option from Link Only to Public to make your work visible in the Explore section (located on the left navigation menu).


Suno currently offers .mp3 audio files and .mp4 video files in a vertical reel format. It combines the AI-generated image with your lyrics. Videos are easy to download to your phone and upload to Instagram, TikTok or YouTube Shorts.


With a creative workflow as easy as this, anyone can start making songs today. Of course, the audio quality can still use some improvement and might not be radio ready. Over the next 12 months, we anticipate better AI denoising and upsampling to solve these issues.


Suno’s vision for the future of AI music creation



I met with two of Suno’s co-founders, Keenan Freyberg and Martin Camacho, to better understand the company’s longterm goals. We spoke at length about AI-powered music creation and the crowd that they’re aiming to serve in 2024.


Camacho explained they want to make songwriting fun and easy for all people, regardless of music training. With Suno, you would never be more than a text prompt away from turning your lyrics into original music. That goal has already been achieved with flying colors.


They currently have no plans to compete in the DAW plugin market, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of songwriters from using the app as a source of creative inspiration.


The Suno AI + Microsoft CoPilot partnership


To understand the significance of Microsoft’s partnership with Suno AI, it might be helpful to rewind briefly and see where each company was positioned during 2023.


Suno was the first to offer AI generated instrumental music with compatible vocal melodies or rapping on top. Tracks are generated end-to-end, with lyrics and instrumentation created simultaneously, making for lightning-fast delivery.


Microsoft, on the other hand, was falling behind in the AI music race. In August 2023, I had interviewed Microsoft’s Principal Software Engineer for Windows MIDI Services, Pete Brown, to learn more about their AI audio research team Muzik and their new MIDI generator MuseCoco.


The pseudo-classical compositions MuseCoco were underwhelming at best. The team offered no public interface where people could try it out and the demo page felt sterile.


On the other hand, Microsoft launched their Bing chatbot in February 2023 and enjoyed a considerable advantage over Google and OpenAI for most of the year. That upper hand likely inspired them to leverage the popularity of Copilot to introduce other AI tools and services.


So you can understand then, why a partnership with Suno AI was so valuable to Microsoft. Copilot added new Suno plugin around mid-December and now the whole internet has access to its text-to-song capabilities. Discord is still available but no longer a requirement.


Suno Discord: Accessing Chirp and Bark


For the best experience with Suno, we recommend that you use the web browser app instead of Discord. The interface is much cleaner and easier to navigate.


That being said, if you prefer to use Discord, get started with this invite link. You can run Discord from your web browser or download the standalone desktop app for free here.


Once you're in Suno's Discord server, read through the terms of service. If you agree then you can start creating music. On the left navigation menu, you'll see a Generate category with a number of channels labeled chirp-beta. There's a


There are close to ~250,000 users registered in the server currently. To reduce the clutter, they've created a few clones of the same chirp-beta channel. Pick any of them to get started. Each one features a long list of user-generated lyrics, music and art that you can freely explore.


Suno's Chirp and Bark channels in Discord
Suno's Chirp and Bark channels in Discord

At the bottom of the channel is a text area, where you can type the command "/chirp" and summon a special modal. This is where you'll type in your lyrics, or have ChatGPT make lyrics about a topic of your choice.


Once you've submitted your lyrics, be sure to check the time stamp. Chirp needs a few minutes to render the vocals and instrumental music. When it's finished, you'll have to scroll up to that time code to find it.


Here's an example of how one of our music producer friends, Simulation Beats, used Chirp in Discord to create original songs:




When a new track has been generated in the Chirp-beta channel, you'll find a set of controls directly below the lyrics. Here's what each of them does:


  • Recycle symbol: Generate two new songs using the same lyrics. The vocals and background music will change completely.

  • Heart symbol: Let the channel know that you liked something. A full-width feature of the song will appear to help make it more visible for everyone else. People can add emojis to celebrate it together.

  • Fast-forward (extend) symbol: Use the same vocal tone and instrumental arrangement to come up with new melodies and chord progressions, based on new lyrics that you provide.

  • Tweet: Share a Chirp song on Twitter so your audience can check it out

How to use "Continue" to expand on your Chirp songs


Of all these controls, the option to expand on your music is by far the most powerful option. Most AI music generators give you a single piece of content without the option to continue in that style. Suno lets you extend an existing piece in any genre, carrying over some qualities (like BPM) despite the shift in style.



To download your best ideas, hover over the song and click the download icon located in the top-right corner of the image as shown here:


Download song

The songs will be saved as .wav files, so musicians can import them into a DAW with the highest resolution.


This is where the Suno journey ends and you get to decide what to do. Will you chop it up, use a denoiser, stem separate, or perhaps run an audio-to-MIDI app like Samplab to get help figuring out what the chords and notes are?


I've personally transcribed a few Chirp songs to guitar and vocals already. The composing style is very free and as a result, I discovered new melodic ideas and chord progressions that I wouldn't normally use.


At this time, Suno doesn't seem to have any plans for rolling out text-to-MIDI. Music producers looking for inspiration in the DAW can check out AudioCipher VST.


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A timeline for text prompts in AI generated songs


If you’re newer to this space, you might be wondering how the whole text-to-music wave began. During the summer of 2020, AudioCipher released the first ever text-to-MIDI VST, made for music producers working in a DAW.


AudioCipher was based on musical cryptograms instead of artificial intelligence.


The public’s reaction to AudioCipher was a mix of amusement and bewilderment. It was only when OpenAI released Dalle-2 that the value of text-to-music became fully apparent.


By December 2022, OpenAI had also released ChatGPT while simultaneously turning off access to their AI MIDI generator, MuseNet. A small tech startup called Riffusion released the world’s first ever AI text-to-music web app at the end of that year as well.


Suddenly anybody could go online and generate original music from a few text prompts. The audio quality was in some ways very bad, and yet the text-to-music experience was so gratifying that it didn’t matter. Riffusion went viral overnight and raised a $4M round in less than a year.


A chain reaction was set off, first at Google and later at Meta. Both had in-house teams working on an AI music generator. Google published their MusicLM research paper on Github less than 30 days after Riffusion’s release.


About six months later, MusicLM and Meta’s MusicGen became available online for free and public use. Each service offered its own aesthetic quirks, but also shared some basic properties in common. They generated short, low-fidelity instrumental clips in almost any style of music.


None of the apps I’ve mentioned were providing a service that turned lyrics or song ideas into finished songs. Yet that seemed to be exactly what people were craving. Influencers racked up millions of views showcasing DAW workflows with AI singing models and AI music generators.


One genai pop song, Heart on My Sleeve, broke records on the Spotify and TikTok charts. This forced an intervention and a number of challenging but important conversations around AI music and copyright laws.


At the end of 2023, we saw three major contenders in the AI text-to-song space, with Suno currently taking the lead over Splash Music and Riffusion in my opinion.

The music industry is working closely with companies like Rightsify to establish new, relevant copyright laws. Fair artist remunerations will be a critical part of this process, but it will take time for those standards to emerge.


Visit Suno's website directly or at copilot.microsoft.com to try it out!



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