YouTube, the online video sharing platform, is taking a giant step forward in the field of generative artificial intelligence. It announces the launch of two new features based on this technology, one of which allows you to create songs by imitating famous artists. A development that could revolutionize the world of music.
Dream Track: a musical innovation
The first feature presented by YouTube is called Dream Track. Based on Lyria, a music generation model created by Google DeepMind, it offers the ability to create unique tracks of up to 30 seconds in length from a textual description and choosing one of the built-in performers. This innovation is currently available to a small group of creators in the United States.
It is important to note that YouTube does not seek to usurp the work of composers and performers. On the contrary, the platform has chosen to collaborate with some of them to develop this functionality. Artists who have partnered with YouTube include T-Pain, Demi Lovato, Sia, Charli XCX, Charlie Puth, Alec Benjamin, Papoose, Troye Sivan and John Legend.
AI Music Tools: a set of tools for music creation
The second new thing introduced by YouTube is a set of tools called AI Music Tools. It allows you to generate instrumental tracks and vocal accompaniments from scratch, or convert already existing music from one style to another. Not only will users be able to generate music from a text description, but they will also be able to hum a melody for the AI to incorporate into the mix.
The possibilities offered by these tools are very varied:
- Editing track fragments
- Replace parts of tracks
- Extend existing tracks
However, these artificial intelligence music creation tools will not be available to everyone. YouTube will begin testing this experience, which is also based on Lyria, with composers, producers and artists before the end of the year.
SynthID: a watermark for AI-generated songs
Amid growing controversy surrounding the use of generative AI to clone the work of famous artists, Google also announced the development of SynthID, a special watermark for songs generated with new YouTube technologies. It will be incorporated into synthetic tracks and will be “inaudible to the human ear”. Additionally, it has been designed in a way that preserves its discoverability even with extreme editing.
This initiative shows Google’s desire to promote the development and responsible use of AI applied to the world of entertainment. This is a major breakthrough that could well change the way we create and consume music in the future.