Audialab Emergent Drums Generates Original Drum Sounds Using Artificial Intelligence

Audialab has introduced Emergent Drums, a plugin that uses artificial intelligence to generate endless royalty-free drum samples.

They say that their AI is trained on drums from throughout history, so it generate new drum sounds with the characteristics of recorded drum sounds, but each drum sample generated is original.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Our AI model is trained on a large database of drum/percussion samples and can now generate a practically infinite number of unique drum samples from scratch. From the Emergent Drums interface, select the type of drum sample you want to generate (e.g. snare or kick) and the AI will create a completely new, random sample of that type.

If you find a sample that’s almost right, you can generate similar samples using the power of our generative deep learning AI models. You can then sculpt the sample further with envelopes, pitching, panning, and clipping to make something perfectly suited to your sample design needs.

Emergent Drums can generate kicks, snares, claps, closed hi-hats, open hi-hats, cymbals, other percussion – even noise and glitches.”

Their site doesn’t provide a lot of detail on the technology or the capabilities of Emergent Drums, but they’ve shared this brief demo with Laze the Producer:

Pricing and Availability

Emergent Drums is available for $149.99 USD. Unfortunately, their site doesn’t offer a demo version or even much in the way of audio demos or documentation to help you understand the plugin’s range of capabilities. Based on their FAQ, they’re working on it:

“There is not currently a trial version of Emergent Drums which we know is stupid, but we’re working on it. The closest thing we have to a trial is our 30-day money-back guarantee, which again, we know is stupid, but we’re working on it.”

10 thoughts on “Audialab Emergent Drums Generates Original Drum Sounds Using Artificial Intelligence

  1. let’s just skip all this trivial stuff already and go right to A.I. replacing humanity in it’s entirety. it’ll be cheaper, and over population will be a thing of the past. it’ll also solve all our political and social media problems too.

    1. Brilliant. Someone should make a movie about this.
      They could call it The Terminator and release it like 40 years ago.
      lol, better late than never I guess, oh my.

  2. It’s a clever application of the tech; and the sounds are pretty nice. However, the examples didn’t seem to show the kind of weird surprises I was expecting.

    If the main purpose is to be able to create new hybrids, this seems like an interesting way to do it.

    1. Been using it since it was released.
      With the exception of the guy who goes on and on about never recording anything, and posts having no interest in recording or computers or blah blah, lol WTF? These are ALL just tools to make sounds. That’s what I signed up for 50+ years ago and am still doing today.
      MAKING SOUNDS. Recording sounds. Loving sounds lol.

      Geezus…based on 5+ years of reading comments here, does anyone actually enjoy doing this stuff lol.

      It’s basically a gigantic fun random button. The dev also seems like a good person.
      Contacted me a few times after my purchase.

      Skynet…OMFG lol.

      1. The other thing that some people fail to imagine is that these “AI” (AI should probably always be in quotes) tools will continue to evolve. And this is just a step toward some more powerful thing down the road. As with most tech, there can be some scary implications, but not in this case. At some point, it “learns” a bunch of samples, and you could throw in a few fart sounds along the way, then give it some adjectives (“barfing spank” or “balloon grunt”) and the resulting sound might be goofy in a good way.

        The semi-defunct Drumaxx from Image-Line is a different angle toward making fun drum sounds. The brilliant Chromaphone from AAS is also cool. Emergent Drums seems like a fresh new approach.

  3. a different way to make the same sounds, and if there’s on thing there’s no shortage of it’s drum sounds. but cool they made a thing that does things.

  4. I wasn’t aware that individual drum sounds are legally owned by anyone, thus generating royalties. Can someone enlighten me? I dread that knock at the door by the cops hauling me off to jail for using a CR78 cabasa sound on my computer without paying Roland.

    1. Anything sampled from a recording is subject to copyright laws. This doesn’t apply to instruments that generate sounds using analog circuits, but applies to the samples used in sample-based instruments.

      If the instrument is based on samples, you can use the instrument and its sounds in your own recordings, but you may be restricted from sampling and reselling those sounds. Sound companies get around this by sampling classic sample-based instruments through effects, so that the sounds are not identical to the originals.

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