Jamahook is a new plug-in that is equipped with a special kind of artificial intelligence. The technology is used to find suitable samples for your song ideas, such that fit the groove, the speed and the harmony. That sounds like a really interesting solution to put the sample-sorting trainee’s gig in jeopardy! Jokes aside, the software cannot make coffee and massage your shoulders yet. But this could be a tool for those dark moments when you’re plagued with writer’s block or a creative hangover.
How cool would it be if a VST plug-in could instantly suggest new melodies, grooves, bass lines, or even hooks?! Well, the developers of Jamahook say their software can do all that, almost in real-time. It “scans” your song material and offers ideas that appear right in the plug-in’s browser. It’s a two-step process: the “Listen” phase analyzes the audio, groove, speed and key of the song. Then it comes up with a number of suggestions in the form of loops.
You will find these divided into Harmony, Rhythm, and Drums sections. You can even sort the results by genre, instrument, and mood. Simply drag and drop the chosen audio file (preview is possible) into your song. Behind the scenes there’s an AI-driven algorithm, developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute (you know, the .MP3 guys). In the demo videos, the whole thing seems to work rather splendidly.
Prices and dates
Jamahook is available in three subscription levels on the manufacturer’s website. Bedroom costs EUR 3.99 per month, Studio is EUR 9.99 per month, and Pro costs EUR 19.99 per month. If you’d like to pay the studio subscription in an annual fee, you can save 50% off. There’s also a system of in-app purchases. Each sample costs so-called “points”. You can purchase these points as part of the subscription model. It is not yet possible to say how high the quality of the sample library will be at the start of the offer. But the company says it wants to work with well-known sound designers in the future.
The Jamahook plug-in runs under macOS and Windows in AU and VST formats. A free demo version and a detailed explanatory video are also available on the developer’s website. Try it out and let us know in the comments if you found this tool useful.