Meet Ripple: TikTok’s parenting AI-powered new music-making app that can turn a hummed tune into a song – Music Business Worldwide

ByteDance has shaken up the power dynamic in the music world.

TikTok, the $220 billion tech giant’s popular video-sharing app, can beat hits, turn unknown artists into viral stars, and drive new commercial success for ‘catalogue’ songs recorded decades ago does.

Now, ByteDance wants aspiring creators to do it Do the music for their short videos using an app she created herself, and she even developed and trained a model to get them started.

MBW told you last month that TikTok’s parent was working on an AI music app that “significantly lowers the barrier to music creation” after spotting a couple of job postings for industry experts.

Today (June 30), the tech giant has confirmed which is actually launching a new free music production app, called Ripple. The app has two key features: a “Melody to Song” generator and a virtual recording studio.

The Melody to Song feature allows users to sing or hum a melody directly in the app and Ripple will then expand on the melody by generating an instrumental accompaniment in a variety of different genres.

The length of the music output will match the length of the song entered, and the model currently has the ability to create instrumental music outputs only.

As you can see from the screenshot below, you can also adjust BPM and FX.



According to Bytedance, the AI ​​model was trained on music licensed or owned by Bytedance.

The company tells MBW it hasn’t been trained on music from major record companies. MBW understands that Bytedance also used in-house produced music to train the model.

“Ripple is designed to inspire musical creativity and help musicians, artists and composers express themselves.”

Bytedance spokesperson

A Bytedance spokesperson told MBW in a statement that “Ripple is designed to inspire musical creativity and help musicians, artists and composers express themselves.

They added, “We’re excited to see how creators are using Ripple to tap into their creativity to soundtrack their short-form videos.”

Today’s news connects to two key music technology trends that we’ve been following closely here at MBW for some time.

The first is the rise of the mobile music production app market aimed at hobby music producers and aspiring musicians.

The other is the explosion of AI-powered generative music models being developed by tech giants. Over the past few weeks, MBW has written about research by Microsoft, Google and Meta in this field.

A prominent player in the music production app market is Singapore-based BandLab, whose flagship social music creation app has over 60 million registered users.

It offers a range of features for emerging creators, such as the cross-platform digital audio workstation Studio, the Sounds royalty-free sampling and looping service, and the SongStarter AI music generation tool. BandLab Technologies recently raised an additional $25 million in its Series B1 funding round, valuing the company at 425 million dollars.

The launch of ByteDance’s new app means BandLab has a serious new rival to contend with.

Splice also operates in the space, reported byBloomberg to be valued at nearly $500 million after raising $55 million in February 2021 (led by Goldman Sachs GS Growth).

Splice recently launched the Create a Stack feature, which it says uses AI to match sounds from across the entire Splice catalog “to give you infinite song starters.” He also previously launched CoSo, an AI-powered music creation app.



According to the announcement, Ripple will launch on Friday (June 30) in the US to a small group of invite-only beta testers. There is currently no information available on how long the beta phase will last or if there are any further plans to roll out.

In addition to Ripple’s melody-to-song tool, the app features a virtual recording studio much like other portable intelligent digital audio workstations (DAWs).

According to Bytedance, users will be able to share the music they have created on TikTok and other social media platforms, but the app cannot distribute music to TikTok’s song library.

You can request an invite code to beta test the Ripple app on iOS mobile devices here.


MBW noted last summer that ByteDance had recently launched a machine learning-based music creation app called Mawf, which analyzes incoming audio signals and then plays those signals back using what it says are learned musical instrument patterns. from the car.

Also, according to a report last year from the news site technology planet,ByteDance had also recently launched a music making app in China called Sponge Band.

SecondTech Planet report, this music recording and editing app also features artificial intelligence tools and notes that it is especially useful for users who want to further enhance audio effects and background music for short videos.

MBW understands that all three apps, Mawf, Spongeband and Ripple are all standalone apps.Music business around the world

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