Abbey Road Red’s Monthly Round-up – March 2022 Edition

Abbey Road Red’s Monthly Round-up – March 2022 Edition

21st March 2022

We’re very excited to launch this new blog series for all the music creators out there interested in learning about new types of music tech.

We’re sourcing these stories from our innovation arm Abbey Road Red’s research into the music technology and start-up ecosystem, picking the ones we think will not only be interesting but also useful in day-to-day music making.

We will be presenting a short overview of our top stories each month and for each story, we will highlight why it is important to the progress of music technology and to the expansion of possibilities for both music creators and listeners. We hope you enjoy reading! And ultimately, we hope you enjoy using these tools.

Abbey Road Red's Top Stories from March 2022

1) Waves has launched its free AI-powered Cosmos Sample Finder which lets you analyse, tag and browse your sample collection

The release of a free AI-powered tool for tagging, analysing and searching samples by this incumbent plug-in manufacturer will be ideal for producers with large sample collections i.e. most of us!

Its free nature should do two things: 1) make this sort of auto-sample sorting tool a go-to tool in your everyday toolboxes, while also 2) changing expectations around whether creators should pay premiums for intelligent production tools such as this and other similar ones from XLN Audio and Jamahook or have them made available alongside other everyday tools at lower prices. Actually, three things 3) it will increase expectations for major sample marketplaces such as Splice to embed intelligent sample search features into their platforms.

2) OpenAI has Debuted a New GPT-3 Model to ‘Align’ With Human Intent

Why is this interesting? Because it boosts possibilities for smart lyric assistants, like our own alum BrainRap. The GPT-3 AI language generation model has been used by many speech AI as well as lyrics AI startups as a foundational element of their AI systems, although it has had some flaws. The updated model aims to improve on its conversational AI capabilities by making its responses more aligned to what users want as well as less computationally intensive. The result would be a more helpful lyric assistant which understands the artist better, while being more accessible in terms of power usage.

3) Genelec’s Aural ID plug-in can scan your head to enable immersive headphone monitoring

Advances in head related transfer function measurements like this are super important because we now live in an immersive audio world and thus need to create and mix for it. Genelec's new headphone monitoring solution offers one of the most comprehensive feature sets yet for a product of its category. This includes the ability to analyse a user's video footage to learn their Head-related Transfer Function, as well as custom corrective EQ curves adapted to specific headphone models.

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