Is AI replacing Producers? That’s a question on a lot of people’s minds these days as AI-powered plug-ins and tools are creeping into music production. A recent survey conducted among over 1,500 readers of Bedroom Producers Blog now puts an actual number to that anxiety. 73 percent of the participants expect AI to take over music production at least to some degree in the coming years.
AI replacing producers – what do the numbers say?
1,533 readers of Bedroom Producers Blog took part in a survey on all things AI and music production in May. And the majority of the participants expect AI to play a major role in music production in the coming years. About 30 percent also predict the results of AI-generated music to be less original. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
Around 30 percent also said that they plan to use AI tools in music production in the future. Surprisingly, over 40 percent of the participating musicians said that they already use AI-assisted tools in their production workflow, mostly in mixing and mastering. Among these, however, 16 percent said that they were disappointed with the quality of contemporary AI tools.
Up until recently, the focus of AI-assisted plug-ins has been mixing and mastering. Close to 26 percent see this area as the one in music production where AI assistance would be most helpful, with “AI DAWs for recording and mixing” a close second. Only about 15 percent see AI as potentially helpful for creating sounds and melodies.
Computer-generated music and copyright
33.6 percent that they would use such a tool for creating melodies or chord progressions, but only as a means for inspiration. About 9 percent of the survey’s participants agreed that they would use an AI tool to actually write complete songs.
This leads to one of the hottest debates around all things AI right now: copyright. And here BPB’s participants can’t seem to agree on much. While the majority, 37 percent, agree with the sentiment that AI-generated music should not hold any copyright at all, almost 29 Percent, as a close second, agree more with the idea that the end user (as in the producer or songwriting using the AI tool) should hold it.
How the usage of AI-assisted tools in art and copyright can be solved has been a hot topic for the last 18 months. While many courts agree that if an AI tool solely creates a piece of music without any human input, the outcome cannot hold any copyright, it gets blurry with more human involvement. What if a producer writes a melody and has an AI generate variations of that? If he or she ends up using the variation in a song where a computer-generated voice was used as well, it might not be so clear anymore.
One thing is for sure, however, and that is that AI technology is increasingly going to become a part of our lives; from production tools to the rise of AI technology in synthesisers, for example.
What is your take on all of this? Where do you see AI and music production heading? Let us know in the comments!
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