Splice just launched an AI-powered app that makes music with you

Sample library and music creation platform Splice has become a leading player in the DIY music creation space since its launch in 2013.

The platform, reported by Bloomberg being valued at nearly $500 million after raising $55 million in Feb 2021 (led by Goldman Sachs’ GS Growth), says it’s used by around 4 million people and has paid out over $30 million to musicians to this day.

Splice offers over 2 million royalty-free samples, with its Splice Sounds library releasing new sounds like Murda Beatz, Clean Bandit, Oliver and Fraser T Smith in 2021 alone.

This catalog of pre-authorized sounds has proven extremely popular with chamber producers and established producers for superstar artists.

Now, Splice wants to make the process of finding those sounds and layering them as easy as swiping left and right in an app.

The company has launched a new music application based on artificial intelligence called CoSowhich uses what Splice calls its “Complementary Sounds” artificial intelligence technology to create music “in a split second”.

The CoSo mobile app, available on Android and IOS, uses AI to find sound samples from across the Splice catalog that work together.

Splice claims its app can “unlock billions of music results”.

The CoSo app uses what Splice calls “Stacks”, a collection of up to eight looping layers of different elements like vocals, beats, basslines, guitar parts, keys or effects, etc. .

When you’re in the app, you can select the style of music you want to create, from ‘Beats’ to ‘Chill’ to ‘Disco/Funk’. Some of these styles are only available with a Splice subscription.

You can then set the BPM and add up to eight layers of elements like vocals, drums, pads, keys, etc. using the plus icon at the bottom of the stack.

By swiping right on one of the loop layers, CoSo will search for another sound that matches the entire loop stack.

You can keep swiping right on a layer until you find a swatch you like, or swiping left to delete a layer.

Splice said the result “is a fluid sonic discovery and music creation experience”.

“The magic happens behind the scenes, keeping you focused on your creativity.”

Splice

The company adds: “No search boxes, no hearing sounds, no navigation – just use your ear to find what appeals to you.

“The magic happens behind the scenes, keeping you focused on your creativity, whether you’re an established artist or have never made music before.”



Once you’ve created a stack you like, you can save the creation to the CoSo app and share it via URL.

If you’re a Splice subscriber, you can view stack sounds in Splice, which you can then drag and drop into your DAW to create those loops into a full song. (Splice offers three subscription plans, starting at $9.99 per month for Sounds+).

The CoSo app also says users will soon be able to export Stacks to Ableton Live.

Plus, according to Splice, once you’re “ready to take it further, you can share your masterpiece on TikTok right from the app.”

Splice Sounds is licensed for commercial use, with the company indicating on its Splice Sounds information page that they can be used “for anything”.


The AI-powered, royalty-free music-making app space is a booming sector of the music industry.

For example, the $65 million-backed social music-making app BandLab, which also has offers a library of royalty-free samples, published an AI-powered tool in December called SongStarterdescribed as a royalty free music generator.

Last month, AI-based music creation platform Soundful raised $3.8 million for its app that lets users create a new track from scratch using a variety of templates and genres. The company claims that all of its tracks are fully licensed for use in videos, ads, and social media campaigns.

“We hope that by integrating smart discovery, curation and creation, we can help creators with instant inspiration wherever they are”

Alejandro Koretzky, splice

Alejandro Koretzky, Head of Machine Learning and Audio Science Innovation at Splice, said, “I think we’ll hear a richer, more diverse selection of sounds bubbling up through this technology, so we can surprise creative with new ideas.

“Some will use it to discover sounds and some will use it to create music. At Splice, we champion the artist and place the human at the center of any canvas.

“We hope that by integrating smart discovery, curation and creation, we can help creators with instant inspiration wherever they are”

“The feedback so far has been deeply motivating for us by talking about empowerment, inspiration and joy; from a small application with no waveforms, no buttons and certainly no Shift key.

Steve Martocci, Splice

Splice Co-Founder and CEO Steve Martocci said, “The team has built a great opening for creativity and that speaks to the heart of Splice’s future.

“The feedback so far has been deeply motivating for us by talking about empowerment, inspiration and joy; from a small application with no waveforms, no buttons and certainly no Shift key.

“The sampling community has been waiting for a breakthrough like this, which was only possible when we paired CoSo with the depth of Splice Sounds.”

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