Can A.I. Make Good Music? And Can We Use It In Our Videos?
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The song that you're hearing right now was generated with an AI music generator. And in this video, we're going to explore AI music and show you how to make songs just like the one that you're hearing right now.
Hey what's up everyone Matt Wolff here. In today's video I want to talk about music. Not just any music I want to talk about using AI generated music. In my opinion this is one of the most underrated under talked about areas of AI is actual AI music generation and there's some really really cool tools that you can use to generate royalty-free music for things like videos or podcasts or to remix your own songs out of or really do whatever you want. If you've heard the song that's in the outro of my video that song was actually created with AI and in today's video I'm going to show you how you can actually generate music with AI as well. In fact we're gonna be looking at a few different AI music tools and kind of comparing them because they each have their own pros and cons so let's check some of them out.
So I'm gonna open up future tools here and if you click on the music tab down here you'll see a bunch of tools around generative music and there's a few that I want to play around with. Some of them I've actually never used before so we'll kind of demo them on this video here and some of them I've played with and already kind of know what to expect.
It should be fun because we'll be learning together on this one. So first off let's talk about refusion. Refusion is really interesting because what it's essentially doing is it's creating an image and then turning that image into a song. The term refusion comes from putting these two words together riff and diffusion because it's using something very similar to like stable diffusion where with stable diffusion you enter a prompt and stable diffusion will generate an image from your prompt. Well what refusion does is it generates an image as well but it generates what's called a spectrogram which is an image that can be turned into music. So imagine like a record right when you take a record and you put it on a record player and the needle it spins and it hits little bumps on the record and then you get the sound out of it. This is sort of a digital version of that. You're getting an image with a very specific pattern on it and then that pattern is then translated into music. I know I'm really oversimplifying this you're using an AI to generate an image and then that image is converted into a sound clip. Now if you go to refusion.com/about you can actually get an explanation of how the technology works. So the x-axis down here represents the time the y-axis here represents the frequency and then the shade of gray represents the amplitude so how loud it is the darker it is the louder it's gonna be the lighter it is the softer that sounds gonna be. And so using the same technology that something like stable diffusion uses you are generating an image which has this sound data on it and then that sound data can be then converted into audio. And if you really want to dive into the weeds just go over to refusion.com/about and you can get all of the info about how this actually works. Now if you just go straight over to a refusion.com you can enter keywords down here and it will generate music for you. Now I personally don't know the licensing terms of this music I don't know if you're allowed to use this royalty-free you know I can't speak on that I just wanted to show off Refusion because this is sort of the emerging technology that we're seeing in AI music right now. Over here we can click on one of the ones that they already have let's say I want to click on anger rap it will generate this spectrogram here and then if I come up to the right I can press play and hear what it sounds like
♪ We know each other, we ain't ready, it's crazy ♪
Now it's obviously not generating real words, it's all just kind of gibberish sounding music. You can see this image and as it passes through this red zone it's converting this image into music. So let's try something. What happens if we type in Snoop Dogg? My last video I mentioned Snoop Dogg and that video was a hit so let's mention him again.
There you go, it's kind of got like essence of Snoop Dogg to it. Let's do heavy metal orchestra. Let's see what that generates.
Not really getting the heavy metal orchestra vibes, but that's what it came up with for us. What about techno DJ into country fiddle?
interesting. let's try punk rock with piano. let it generate here for a sec
Oh, you know, not perfect, but it's interesting. It's interesting to see how this technology is working behind the scenes here, using these images to turn into music. Now, this isn't something that I would say you're going to go and use as music for a YouTube video or a podcast or anything like that yet, but it is kind of a cool emerging technology that's using stable diffusion to create an image and then convert that image into music. Now let's talk about some tools that you are going to probably want to use for background music of videos and things like that.
So, as I mentioned, the song at the very end of all of my videos was actually created by AI, and this was the tool that I used. I actually use this Moobert tool to do it. And they even describe it here as royalty-free background music for YouTube, TikTok, podcasts, and videos. So this is really the intended use of tools like Moobert. Each new piece of royalty-free music is instantly generated and flawlessly suited to its purpose. So it's royalty-free and theoretically each song that comes out of this is a completely unique song that's just for you. Now, before we get into it too much, let's talk a little bit about the pricing here. So they do have a free tier here and you are allowed to use this music on things like YouTube videos and podcasts if you give them attribution. So if you look in the description of any of my YouTube videos, you'll always see this song was created by Moobert, that outro song that I've got there. It's only for personal projects and can be used for NFTs and you can generate up to 25 tracks per month, the free plan, and it comes out in MP3. Now they do have paid plans. So for $14 a month, it looks like you don't actually have to give the attribution anymore and you can generate up to 500 tracks and you can generate them in WAV and not just MP3. For $39 a month, you could use it for commercial projects. You can use it in things like ads. And then they have a business tier, which you can generate a lot more tracks and use it in TV, radio, film, things like that.
But for the purposes of this demo, we're going to play around with the free tier. For those of you that do need a lot more and you do need higher quality, you know, you've got the creator plan and the pro plan as well. So let's go ahead and log in. I come up here to my downloads. You can hear my previous track that I made.
and this is the song that you'll hear in the outro of my videos.
So let's go ahead and generate a track and see how that works. So we'll generate a track, you could type a prompt, or you can choose a genre, mood, or activity. Let's enter a prompt. Let's try punk rock with piano and see what it gives us. Set the duration to whatever you need. Let's say we need a 20 second track. Let's go ahead and generate a 20 second track and it will start the process here. All right, so it says our track is done. So let's go ahead and press play and sample it.
Not really getting punk-rop vibes from it, but that's what it gives you. I've had much better luck using the genres, moods, and activities. So the last one that I created, I went to genres and I chose the 8-bit genre. And you can see it put genre, electronica, 8-bit. I don't believe it actually lets me combine stuff, so if I went to moods and I added dreamy, it just replaces that. I haven't figured out how to, you know, sort of stack things. It would be kind of cool if I can go 8-bit plus, you know, motivational plus fantasy or something like that, but it doesn't seem to let you stack them. So if you need sort of like a background song to a video and you're going for a specific mood, mood is probably going to be the best. If you're going for a nostalgic feel, come down here, click nostalgic, and generate a track. Now another thing I'd like to try is I wonder if it could generate a couple tracks at the same time. While this one's still generating, if I go genres, dub, and generate a track, yeah, it looks like I can have multiple tracks going at once. So it's still working on my sad, nostalgic 20-second track, and it's working on my dub 45-second track. Ooh, interesting. It actually finished my dub track first.
Oh I think this one might be frozen or something it's not finishing up for me. It definitely seems like when you use the moods mode it takes a little bit longer to generate than when you use genres. Now some of these songs are gonna be hit or miss you might get something you really like you might not but hey you can use it for free as long as you're using it for non-commercial use and you're willing to give attribution and once you're ready to download the song you just simply click over here on download let's download my dub song you can see it was added to my downloads so let's just click over to my downloads here and you can see that here is my dub song that I created earlier I can click here to download it it tells you the attribution link that you need to give add a link to moobert.com in the description of your video social media post NFT or podcast that uses our music and then here is the actual attribution and then you can agree and download and there we go it just downloaded the song for me there's also a feature in here that says search by reference place a link to a YouTube video and it looks like it'll try to search and find similar music to a YouTube video so let's try that out real quick I don't know what kind of YouTube video to grab well this is a music one here so let's just go ahead and copy this one and see what happens looks like it's downloading the music to their servers here now it's analyzing it and let's see what it gave us now I'm not gonna play the original video because it might have music that I could get in trouble for playing and YouTube would be like don't do that so I'm not gonna do that but let's hear what it came up with when it tried to find similar music.
That actually would make a really good background music to a YouTube video. Let's try another one.
These are all a lot better than what it was generating for me earlier. So maybe this search by reference is the way to go. Find a YouTube video that you really like the kind of feel to the music in it and plug it into the search by reference and let it either, I don't know if it's finding a song or generating a song, but grab a song that way. All right, let's move on to the next tool. This is the tool that I used for my outro. So you have heard music from this platform before that was generated by AI.
Let's move on to a tool that I actually haven't played with yet. Soundful is another one that I've recently come across. So let's give this one a try. Soundful empowers creators to generate royalty-free tracks at the click of a button. The quality of Soundful music is so rich you won't believe it was made with AI, but don't take our word for it. Give it a try. So let's take a look at the pricing here. So they've got a free forever plan, 10 downloads per month, one stem pack per month, unlimited track creation, unlimited personal use. So TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, podcast, Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, and any future platform with one channel per platform. And then it's got 50 plus templates. And then let's see here, let me click over to monthly here. So for $9.99 per month, you can have unlimited track downloads, unlimited loop downloads, unlimited social monetization, five stem packs per month, and copyright is available per purchase. And then they have custom plans that you can inquire about. So let's click start for free here and see what this one's all about. All right, so it's asking me what kind of creator I am. I'm going to do video creator, social media creator, business. Choose your favorite genre, select up to four.
Social media, I guess, pop, EDM, and moods and themes. Let's try those. And then we have some genres to pick from. Let's try moods and themes first. Let's go road trip. Click to generate preview and listen now.
Alright, so it created a track for me. That was pretty dang quick actually. Let's go create new preview. By creating a new preview you will lose all data for this preview. Okay, that's fine. That's creating me another road trip preview.
And let's try another one. Let's try... let's try Pop. " Droom Pop" I don't even know what that means. " Synth Pop" that sounds right up my alley. I can change the key down here, change the speed. You can have it in a minor key or a major key. A minor key is going to sound a little bit sadder. A major key is going to sound a little bit happier. I want Happy because I'm using Synth Pop and Synth Pop is supposed to be happy, in my opinion. Doesn't look like you can really pick the length of the track you want like you can in some of the other platforms. Go ahead and create the preview of this. Looks like it's about four minutes and six seconds long.
Let's do this same thing but let's mess around. Let's do it in the key of G and then let's crank up the BPMs to a hundred and let's apply the changes and let's see how this sounds
So much faster and in a different key.
Yeah, this one actually makes pretty good music. I like the way this one comes out. So not too bad, that's Soundful. Again, this one was free for personal use, unmonetized, $10 a month if you want to monetize and get unlimited downloads. And then if you want custom licenses, then they have enterprise options as well.
And finally, let's check out the one that so far I've actually thought was kind of the coolest and it's called Soundraw. This one I felt like you can get the most custom and the most sort of dialed in with the music that you're looking for. This is one that I've played around with a little bit and it's similar to the others, but I'll show you what I mean by how customizable you can get with it in a minute when we take a look at it. But first let's take a look at the pricing. Let me jump to monthly. It's $0 if you want to just generate the songs or $20 a month if you want to use them for commercial use or use them in YouTube videos, social media, all of that kind of stuff. So super simple pricing plan, $20, you can pretty much, seems like you can pretty much do whatever you want with the music you create. Free, you could create the music and listen to it and have it for yourself. So let's go ahead and sign in. And then up at the top, let's go ahead and create music. And then if we click up here, you can see you've got mood, genre, theme, length, tempo, instruments. So you can really get customized up here. So let's go ahead and click on mood. Let's go funny and weird for this one. Now it's generating music that's funny and weird. Let's go ahead and click on genre. Let's go beats.
You can see it's actually starting to layer and stack these different elements to the song. Now let's click on theme. Let's do technology. So now we've got funny and weird beats and technology. And then let's go to the length and I want my song to be one minute and 30 seconds. So we'll select that. You got tempo, you can do slow, normal, fast, and then you can select what instruments you want in there. If I don't want any piano in there, I can take piano out. If I don't want synth, I'll take synth out, but who wouldn't want synth? Let's go ahead and leave all that in. Let's say I don't want strings and I don't want voice in there. Now it's generating tracks with those qualities. So funny and weird beats, technology, a minute and 30 seconds, all sorts of tempos. Let's just, let's set it as normal here and that set of instruments there. And let's take a listen to what it generated.
Now here's what I really, really think is cool about Sound Drop is let's say you made a video that's a minute and a half long. So you generated a song that's a minute and a half long. And in the beginning, you want the pace of the song to be kind of slow. And then right when you get into the action of what you're showing in the video, you want the beat to drop and you want to get faster. Check this out. It's got a little energy thing along the bottom here. Let's make it low energy for the first, you know, 15, 18 seconds, still low energy until about 27 seconds in. And then all of a sudden we want the beat to drop and the energy to get real high right here. Stay high, then maybe slow down a little bit, then get low energy again. And then right before we wrap it up, go high and then stay high and then have the outro. I just changed the whole pacing of the song so that it follows the flow of the video that it might be backing up with.
Let's go ahead and listen to what this sounds like.
Still in the first nine seconds here. Let's go ahead and jump to this part. And it's gonna get high energy in a second.
See and then it just boosted the energy. So now in your video you can actually set where you want the song to pick up the pace and slow down the pace and and that sort of thing. Let's try it with a different song here. Let's do this this one here. Let's go low energy low energy and then very high energy right here and stay high and then maybe just go to high and then medium and then low and then slowly come back down. So let's start it right in here.
So that is really cool, but then you can even get more granular with it.
This is REALLY cool!
See this over here, you actually have this pro mode over here. If I flip this on, now you can actually tell it what instruments you want during certain sections. So maybe for the beginning here, want it to be just bass for the very beginning. So we've got a baseline going throughout here and then maybe starting right here, you got the drums coming in and then here, you've got the melody start to come in a little bit and then the beat drops there. Now we're getting like real custom with it.
Now the drums just came in so we got some percussion.
Now we got some melody there.
Really, really, really cool stuff. Let's do... let's mess with one more song. So this one is funny and weird, smooth, sexy, glamorous, laid-back. So let's take a peek at this one. And let's turn on Pro Mode here. And let's start with just the drums. Then we'll bring in the bass. And then we'll kick everything in high right here. Just starting with drums.
And it drops. So this is really cool. Out of all the music tools, this is my favorite because you can get really granular with it. You can pick a mood, you can stack it with a genre, you can stack it with a theme, you can mess with the length of the song and get it dialed into the length that you want. You can mess with the tempo here, and you can even select what instruments you want or don't want in there. And then you can actually come in and really, really customize. You can do sort of a simple mode and choose how you want the energy to flow throughout the song to sort of match your video or podcast or ad or whatever you're creating. Or you can go to pro mode and really dial it in and say, this is where I want the drum fills to be. And this is what I want the bass to kick in. And during this part, I just want drums and bass and nothing else. And then I want the beat to drop here and you just really cool and granular. And I just love the types of music that you could create with SoundDraw. So out of all of them, this is the one that I recommend, but this is the one that you also have to pay for in order to use the music on anything monetized, anything commercial at all.
If you want to just generate music for free that you can use on your videos and give attribution, Moobert is probably my second favorite that I've used because you can actually generate the songs, download it, use it for free, give them attribution, and you're good to use it.
Where to find more AI tools
That's my breakdown of the various music tools. You wanna explore even more? There's actually other music tools that I didn't dig into here. If you come over to futuretools.io, click on music here, you'll see all the various other music tools that are available to play around with.
And pretty much any cool tool that I've come across, I archive it here on future tools. If you wanna see what tools other people are really digging, come over here, click on most upvoted, it'll sort it by the most upvoted. Otherwise, the default sort is the newest tools that I've come across and played with. And I really think you're gonna dig this site. I also have a free weekly newsletter. Come on over to the site, click join the free newsletter. Every single Friday, I'm gonna send you the five coolest tools that I came across that week. I am reviewing over a hundred tools a week to decide which ones I should curate on the website. I'm gonna point out the five coolest ones that I come across each week. I'm gonna share three interesting news articles in the AI space, three really cool YouTube videos that I think you should check out, and one cool way to make money with AI. And I'm gonna send that to you every single Friday. If you click the button on future tools and sign up, I'll make sure you get this Fridays and you're gonna love it. So thanks so much for tuning in. Hopefully you liked this video. If you liked this video, you wanna hear more about AI and generative music, make sure you like and subscribe because I'm gonna make more videos about some cool music tools. There's some other tools that I didn't dive into 'cause I wanted to dedicate full videos to them in the future. And I really appreciate it. Let's all be nerds together on this stuff.