Artificial intelligence algorithms have become very reliable mixing and mastering assistants in recent times. Well, at the very least where obvious problems and mistakes in your balance and corrections are concerned. The higher your mix or master’s pedigree, the lesser the chance AI can do something truly useful for you. But just you wait ’till they teach AI the moves of Andy Wallace and Bob Katz! A whole industry will find itself out of business…
Sardonic predictions aside, we have a bit of wonderful news for you. Working with Focusrite, Sonible has freed up its Balancer AI-powered spectral balance assistant. Free as in you get to own it for life if you register a copy before April 13. Nifty!
Balancer mixes the AI way
So what’s in for you? Well, Balancer works not unlike the Mastering Assistant in iZotope Ozone. You pipe through an audio segment – the louder and more representative of the entirety of the song, the better – and, abra kadabra! A few seconds later, the mix balance has changed, perhaps for the better. Confident it may be, but the AI is open to taking hints. By loading profiles of different instruments or voices, you can help the algorithms adapt to your audio.
At its core, Balancer is based on the same AI behind other Sonible products like smart:comp, smart:EQ 2 and smart:EQ live. So it serves as a cool demo to showcase the technology’s potential by letting your ears be the judge. Not just that, but tools like Balancer make for an excellent learning experience. It’s like having a seasoned mix or mastering engineer take a listen to your stuff and immediately fix problems which may be obvious to them but happened to delude you. Besides, if you are a one-soul army producing your music from scratch ’till master, it’s so easy to get lost in the million little distractions and lose objective judgement. Let that AI teach you its ways, I say!