Guk.ai has released Sistema, the world’s first AI-powered software synthesizer. It will generate fascinating textures and soundscapes for you, provided you have the cash.
Sistem is a handsome-looking synthesizer that somehow finds a space between ice white and warm pink. It has an artificially intelligent brain that will dwell really hard on the parameters you set and then come up with a new sound for you. You get to choose the category and the character of the sound from a fairly short list, and then once the new sound is ready, you’ll get four macro knobs with which to wrestle the uniqueness back into human hands.
It’s an interesting idea that appears to be an easy way to come up with new and maybe unexpected sounds. The interface is very clean and engaging, so you would find yourself lost in amongst a forest of controls. All you really have to do is hit that big button in the middle.
However, clicking that button costs money. In the free version, you get 50 goes at it a month, which when browsing for an artificially generated sound doesn’t feel like much at all. To get more rolls of the dice you have to pay $10 a month, and for unlimited, it will be $30 a month.
Something does seem to be happening when you click the big button, but it’s difficult to appreciate if it’s doing anything more than a random button does on many other synths. How is the AI in play here? And how does it make this synth interesting? I wonder if the preset naming is also generated by AI as it’s just offered me up one called Towheaded Bullshit.
The sound of Sistema is not particularly outstanding, but it’s decent enough. The AI engine is certainly an intriguing way of generating new sounds and variations with the minimum of effort. The subscription model is a lot less interesting. It’s as if we’re at the stage where we’re having to pay the AI to do the work, but then I for one welcome our AI overlords. You can use it for free provided you keep within the 50 tries a month, and for that, it’s worth a go.
- Sistema website.