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11 Best Text To Music Apps of 2023

When you think about putting words to music, it's usually in the context of writing lyrics for songs. But in the past few years, music technology has been shifting in a way that will give language a whole new relationship to sound.

Text to music software lets users generate music (and other unexpected sounds) from freeform text descriptions, so that everyday thoughts can literally become music. You ability to use natural language to describe a mood, rhythm, styles and features of a song idea will soon be all that's necessary to create an original composition or hit song. Even non-musical ideas, like the name of a movie character or the things you desire, can be used for music generation if you employ audio ciphers and musical cryptograms.

In this article we'll review the best text to music software available today, giving you the resources you'll need to begin exploring this interesting new landscape for yourself.

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8 Best text to music apps in 2023

  1. AudioCipher VST

  2. WavTool AI DAW (GPT-4)

  3. Suno AI Chirp

  4. Mubert

  5. Riffusion

  6. Musicgen

  7. MusicLM

  8. Stable Audio

Other text to music apps (for non-musicians)

  1. VoiceMod text-to-song

  2. Melobytes

  3. Typeatone

AudioCipher text-to-MIDI plugin

AudioCipher text to music VST

Website: AudioCipher

Format: VST/AU/Standalone for Mac and PC

AudioCipher is a MIDI generator that transforms words into melodies and chord progressions. AI generated music apps typically call for literal descriptions of music, but this VST lets you type in any kind of text.

Drag the MIDI output to your DAW and edit it in the piano roll until you arrive at something you like. Then choose your instruments and apply sound design to make it fully your own. In the end, the music you come up with will always stem from the words you chose at the beginning.

The main takeaway with AudioCipher is that text-to-music doesn't have to mean turning your creativity over to artificial intelligence. By focusing on the meaning or core idea behind the words you type in, you can break through writer's block while maintaining an active role in the song you're creating,

Version 4.0 of AudioCipher is currently in development and due for release in Fall 2023. Customers get lifetime free upgrades, so pick up a copy today to save on future versions of the app.

WavTool AI DAW (GPT-4)

Website: WavTool

Format: DAW browser app

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a super-intelligent assistant by your side to help generate music? WavTool is an AI DAW that loads in your web browser and comes equipped with a GPT-4 text to music plugin for advanced users on the monthly premium plan. Prompt the assistant to create new tracks, adjust the mix, and even compose new melodies and chord progressions. It's a lot of fun and will have you wondering why other DAWs don't offer the same features!

We've previously covered the strengths and weakness of ChatGPT music prompts. WavTool's secret sauce is the ability to translate GPT's output into direct actions within the DAW. So instead of simply printing out a list of chords in plain text, you get a complete MIDI file.

Wavtool recently introduced a separate text-to-music sample generator that turns descriptive music prompts into sound effects and short loops. Their artificial intelligence toolset also includes a "continue" feature, for generating music based on an initial MIDI input.

Suno AI Chirp song and lyric generator

Website: Suno

Format: Discord server, audio playback and downloads

If your goal is to type in an idea and pop out a full song with instrumentals, lyrics and vocals, look no further than Chirp by Suno AI. Operating entirely on a Discord server, they've been called the Midjourney of music.

To write a new track, simply navigate to one of their Chirp-beta channels and use the /chirp command to open up a text box. Describe the kind of lyrics you want, or type your own and watch it write a song for you! Whenever a pair of tracks is generated, you'll find a set of controls directly below the lyrics. Here's what each of them does:

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

  • Heart: 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.

  • Extend: Use the same vocal tone and instrumental arrangement to come up with new melodies and chord progressions, based on new lyrics that you provide.

The service is still free for now so be sure to check it out and give the service a whirl!

Mubert AI text-to-music generator

Website: Mubert text-to-music

Format: Browser app

Mubert is an AI music generator that comes with a text to music web app. It's not their primary offering, but it's still a fun piece of tech to explore. You can enter prompts, set your track duration, and hit a generate button. In less than a minute, you'll have a complete song idea with details about the BPM and key signature.

Behind the scenes, your text prompt is encoded to latent space vectors of a transformer neural network and matched with existing labeled MIDI loop data. The closest tag vectors are chosen and sent to the Mubert API, where they generate entirely new music. You can find their Python code at this Github repo, if you want to learn more. They also offer a Google Colab environment for more nuanced experimentation.


Website: Riffusion

Format: Browser app

Back in December 2022, a free text-to-song app called Riffusion hit the scene. It made headlines for creating short musical themes from images of song clips. Most AI generated music is based on technology that studies audio encodes it with a transformer. The developers at Riffusion took an unconventional route, using Stable Diffusion to train on spectrograms, or images of sound waves, and then generate new images that they then converted into audio.

One of the fun things about Riffusion is that the AI spectrograms are visible in your browser, so you can see the 3d sound waves associated with the audio as you create and play it.

Due to the short duration produced by their text-to-image-to-audio technology, Riffusion creates low fidelity AI music. It also tends to be repetitive due to the way it stitches together short clips. To get the best output, your text prompt should focus on instruments, moods and genres rather than more abstract statements. It's unlikely to differentiate between a short prompt like "guitar solo" and "catchy electric guitar riff", but it recognizes meaningful changes like "drum rolls with cymbal crashes".

As a user, all you have to do is type in a style of music that you want to hear. If you want to see what it's capable of without having to think up a phrase, just click the dice icon next to the text field to generate a random clip.


Website: MusicLM

Format: Browser and standalone app

The Google Arts and Culture team has been exploring AI music generation for years, notably with Magenta Studio, but MusicLM was the company's first foray into creating songs from text prompts.

We originally covered MusicLM in January 2023, when it was still just a technical paper published by their developers. In May 2023, they published a fully functional beta version that's free for anyone to use. You can access it in a browser or download the AI test kitchen from the App store to open it locally.

Google's text-to-song model was a big improvement on Riffusion, producing longer clips at higher fidelity. They accomplished this using three music datasets (MusicCaps, Audioset, and Mulan) that were trained on over 40 million YouTube videos. The music industry hasn't made much of a fuss over AI Test Kitchen's music generator, probably because the quality is still not good enough to disrupt real music recordings.

There's no limit to the number of clips you can create and some users in the beta have an option to download the files. However, the inconsistent access to downloading audio is one major drawback to using MusicLM.


Website: MusicGen

Format: Hugging Face browser app

One month after MusicLM was released, Meta put out MusicGen. The audio quality is even better than Google's model and in our estimation is the only AI music generation tool that could disrupt the music industry in any meaningful way. Their text-to-song technology includes a melody condition where users can upload a recorded audio file and combine it with written instructions about genre and instrumentation to create an entirely new song.

The best way to get high quality music from MusicGen is to sign up for a Hugging Face account and create your own space. When you add a payment card, you'll be able to level up to their medium and large models. Instead of relying on local CPU, Hugging Face provides the computer power as a paid service.

We experimented with dozens of genres and found that it was particularly good at creating jazz, classical, rock, and chiptunes based on melody conditions. Try inputting a melody from the main soundtrack of a classic arcade game and see how it reinterprets it!

Each generation takes between 30 seconds up to 3 minutes, depending on the model you use. Once you've created it, you can take a listen and download it. For a detailed walkthrough on how to use and prompt the models, check out our full length article on MusicGen.

Stable Audio by Stability AI

Website: Stable Audio

Format: Website

Price: Freemium with $12/month

Stable Audio was brought to us by Stability AI, the company who first rivaled MIdjourney with their Stable Diffusion model. They are the first audio synthesis tool to go for a commercial model. Trained on nearly 800,000 labeled audio files from the AudioSparx directory, Stable Audio offers high quality text-to-audio service including both music and sound effect generation. Where it lacks in the music conditioning and extensibility of MusicGen, it makes up for in sound quality.

VoiceMod text-to-song

Website: VoiceMod

Format: Browser app

Sometimes you just want to have fun without trying to create serious music. Voicemod's text-to-song app falls into that category. It's closer to a meme generator than a composition tool for musicians, but it's still an impressive piece of tech.

Users choose a genre and an AI voice to get started. Type in a lyrics and the app will create a short pop song. Part of their AI magic is the ability to match the cadence of your words with a melody that fits into the instrumental backing track. You can share the file with friends and have a laugh, but it won't take you much further than that.


Website: Melobytes

Format: Browser app for procedurally generated music

If Voicemod wasn't lofi and low brow enough for you, Melobytes should do the trick. This web app is great at producing harsh and absurd sound bites based on your text input. It's an AI generated music app, but not the kind of solution that most musicians are looking for. It's more of a crunchy meme generator for internet trolls.

Melobytes includes a number of musical parameters including language, tempo, tonality, and time signature. After experimenting with the site extensively, we're not sure how these attributes are mapped onto the text input. Go into the experience without high expectations and you'll probably have some fun.


Website: Typeatone

Format: Browser app

Typeatone is a simple web app built in 2016 for entertainment purposes. The site lets you use the QWERTY keyboard as a music keyboard. But instead of showing a standard piano interface, it takes your lyrics and turns each letter into a melody sequence. Click the music note icon in the toolbar to switch up your instrument from the default bell tone to a variety of other pleasant sounds. If you hear something you like, use the share icon to send it over to a friend.

We're excited to see how this space develops as AI generated music become more advanced in the coming years. Subscribe to the AudioCipher newsletter for the latest news on this niche!

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