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4 Free AI Music Generators to Create Unique Songs to Use In Your Projects

Oct 02, 2023

Become a Beethoven for an orchestra of bots with these free AI music generators that create unique songs based on your choices.

Every day, we seem to learn some new cool things that artificial intelligence can do. There's already a long list of cool uses for ChatGPT, from making travel itineraries to solving tricky math problems. What it can't do yet is create music from a text prompt. But that doesn't mean other AI tools aren't up to the task.

These free AI music generators will create a new song based on a few inputs from you. Each track is unique to your choices, and every app has different ways by which you can customize it to ensure it feels yours. Ready to become a conductor of an orchestra of bots?

Beatoven is one of the simplest free AI apps to generate music. Sign up, and start composing a new song by giving it a track title, length (up to15 minutes), and tempo (slow, medium, or fast). Then choose a genre or regional sound. Next, pick an emotion. You can hover over each card to play a preview of the type of music you can expect. Beatoven will take a few minutes for the AI to create a new track from its existing samples to match your choices.

You'll then land in the main timeline editor, where you can play the AI-generated song and further edit it. You can enable or disable instruments from the track at will. The entire song can be broken into sections, where you can change the mood to get a different feel. You can also hear different track options for each section and mix and match.

You'll need to periodically compose the track again with Beatoven AI to make it coherent. Once you're happy with the final product, you can download it for free and use it anywhere. Do note you'll need to give attribution to Beatoven, and they own the copyrights. But you are free to use it for commercial projects too.

The free tier restricts you to up to 15 minutes of downloads per month. The paid tier increases this to 60 minutes of download, and the ability to collaborate with another user. And premium users don't have to attribute Beatoven.

Like other AI music makers, Soundful also generates songs based on two prime metrics: genre and mood. The moods are a bit abstract in this and change based on the genre you pick. You might need to try a few permutations and combinations before hitting the right zone you're looking for.

Once you're in the zone, Soundful asks you to customize the song based on two factors. The first is beats per minute (BPM), which sets the tempo of the music track. The second factor is notes and keys. You can choose the song's base note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and set whether you want it in the major or minor keys. It's not an option you see often, and is more useful to someone who understands basic music theory. But this can make the difference in making a song sound personalized and give you a feeling of ownership.

Soundful also lets you create loops for those tiny tracks that serve as the perfect background music for short videos. You can check out their library of templates for inspiration or the global tracks added by others.

The free version of Soundful allows you to download ten created songs a month. However, you'll need to attribute Soundful for the music copyrights anywhere you use the track.

Ecrett offers granular control over AI-generated musical tracks you won't find in many other places. In fact, it almost takes you close to the manual free music generators to create your songs, devoid of any AI help.

To begin a new track, choose the scene (adventure, fashion, travel, lifestyle, simulation, etc.), mood (happy, dark, chill, uplifting, etc.), and musical genre. Based on the choices, Ecrett will prepare a base track where you can control the tempo and volume on the fly and change the length with immediate effects.

Here's where it gets interesting. Each musical instrument in the song has its own track, and you'll see a timeline of how it plays. You can click these blocks to control the instrument through the song, customizing beyond what the AI offered. It's quite cool and fun to fiddle around with choices.

Ecrett also lets you upload a video to the editor window so you can see a preview of how the song will look if you make it the background score. In the free plan, you can download preview music and save and manage your tracks. But if you want to use it for your projects, you'll need to sign up for the paid plans; to its credit, Ecrett is among the cheapest options for AI music generators.

Boomy starts you off by presenting a choice of musical styles: electronic dance, rap beats, Lo-Fi, global groove, relaxing meditation, or create something custom. You'll get mood options based on your choice, and then the Boomy AI will generate your base track. That's when you'll get several ways to edit your track, such as:

Every time you make significant changes, Boomy will regenerate the track ,and you can preview it. Once you're happy with the final product, save it to your profile. Boomy says you can download and use the songs for most non-commercial and some commercial purposes.

Boomy lets users "release" their tracks, which will automatically submit the track to the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. You should read the Boomy terms and conditions in detail to understand how revenue will be shared. Free tier users can release five songs, premium tier users can release 20 songs, and pro tier users can release unlimited songs.

Once you've made your AI-generated music track, you want to download it and use it in your projects. Depending on the app you chose and the plan you bought, you should be covered by their terms and services. But as Google found out recently, copyrights can be tricky with AI-made music.

Google's MusicLM turns text prompts into music, like a different version of ChatGPT. But the researchers found that at least 1% of every AI-generated song was identical to the music the software was trained on. This runs the risk of automatic takedowns in places like YouTube. It's no one's fault in particular, but it's something you should be aware of while using AI music.

Mihir Patkar has been writing on technology and productivity for over 14 years at some of the top media publications across the world. He has an academic background in journalism.

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