While trends have always driven the popularization of certain sounds, every producer aspires to have their own signature. With Airbit’s new Search by Sound feature, you’re able to search the instrumentals database using links rather than words. Let’s dive in and see what benefits there are for producers and artists alike.
The origins of Airbit’s Search by Sound
If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, then the culture of paying homage to your favorite producers and artists certainly began in the right place. Search by Sound expands on this concept of using and creating instrumentals in the style of your favorite producers. According to Airbit, they were inspired by artists using online platforms like YouTube to shop their “J Dilla type beats” or instrumentals inspired by iconic beat producers like Timbaland, Kanye, or The Neptunes. Not only does the feature assist up-and-coming producers to grow and better their craft, but they also have access to a community of other creators within their style. The algorithm uses machine learning to analyze audio and determine common aspects between tracks, which can save a great deal of time.
We are entering new territory with “beat discovery”, as Airbit calls it, and tools like Search by Sound can be very useful for creatively mood-boarding instrumentals of a certain style. As the demand for retro-centric media continues to increase, there will certainly be more opportunities in this area both for creators and platforms. It’s likely that algorithmic features like this will become more common when we interact with creative media databases. Companies like Airbit are constantly playing with new ideas to the benefit of independent musicians, so their could be some exciting possibilities in the future.