Google developed NSynth Super, an AI synthesizer

Artificial intelligence keeps getting cooler.

Technology meets music meets artificial intelligence

With technology continuing to grow at an exponential rate, new and exciting musical technology also flourishes. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the newest emerging technologies. It proves time and time again that it’s capable of insurmountable things, including tasks that humans aren’t capable of. In fact,¬†Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking¬†both warned us of its dangers. That’s not stopping tech giant Google and other music technology companies from engineering the next new instrument. Behold the NSynth Super, a hardware synthesizer from Google fueled by AI.

Google NSynth Super hardware
Photo credit: Google

What is Google NSynth Super?

The NSynth Super page states that this is an “ongoing experiment by Magenta: a research project within Google that explores how machine learning tools can help artists create art and music in new ways. Today, advances in machine learning and neural networks have opened up new possibilities for sound generation.” Additionally, it’s an open-source experiment in collaboration with the Google Creative Lab.

NSynth stands for neural synthesizer.

+ Spotify is gearing up to produce its own hardware

How does NSynth Super work?

It’s still in its developmental stages, and the Magenta engineers are working very hard to make it more user-friendly. “Rather than combing or blending the sounds, NSynth synthesizes an entirely new sound using the acoustic qualities of the original sounds–so you could get a sound that’s part flute and part sitar all at once,” states the product page.

NSynth Super demo and capabilities

NSynth Super will only get better with time and as it learns. This experiment includes 16 original sources that vary between 15 pitches. The sources were recorded in a professional studio and then pushed through the NSynth algorithm. Then the samples are imported into the prototype hardware.

How can I get and test NSynth Super?

This Google AI machine is an open-source project. You can get the source code from Github here. Additionally, check out the official website for more information here. Any MIDI source, like a DAW, sequencer, or keyboard will work with the NSynth Super.


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