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Howdy fellas!

Spark and Trouble are back, ready to dive into the AI revolution – this edition is all about music and cutting-edge models released by big shots in the AI space!

Here’s a sneak peek into this week’s edition 👀

  • Product Lab: Decoding Udio

  • Meet Neil McElroy: the man who conceived modern Product Management

  • Microsoft’s latest SLM Phi-3 & Google’s Med-Gemini MLLM are making big waves in AI

Time to jump in!😄

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Product Labs🔬: Decoding Udio

Between Spark & Trouble, it is quite evident Trouble is the music whiz, with the headphones always on.

With the advent of AI music generation tools like Udio, you don’t need to be a music whiz to create music, all you need to know is English and write a few simple prompts. Mind blown? So are we!

Udio is an AI music generator, which converts text prompts into beautiful songs.

Product Labs: Decoding the AI Matrix - Udio (source: Created by authors)
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What’s in it for you?

Udio is a web-based platform that helps you create original music. Imagine describing the mood you want to evoke - a suspenseful thriller scene, a peaceful meditation soundtrack, or a high-energy pop anthem. Udio translates those descriptions into royalty-free music tracks.

The landing page of Udio is vibrant & theme seems similar to Spotify

Example prompt to generate songs about “The Vision Debugged”. Keep reading to see the results of the prompt

One of the best features we love about Udio is its prompt writing interface. Let’s break it down…

Udio helps you step up your creation, by providing “Suggested tags” with genres of music, select any one and further tags appear related to the one you selected. This adds the nitty gritty details which would amplify (quite literally) your song.

Udio goes a step further and even provides you with an autosuggest as you type. AI music generation is still relatively new & not all users are well versed with the right terms, these nudges help curate a better, detailed prompt to maximize results.

Need some help to write - autosuggestions to the rescue

You see what Udio does here? They help you write better so you get better results & hence boost their product goodwill. Udio identifies the Jobs to be done and goes beyond the core functionality (Jobs to be Done Framework). Pitch Perfect!

Did we say that's all? For the poets out there, if all you need from Udio is a little tune to your words, you can add your “Custom Lyrics”. Udio also gives you nifty little tips to help you add flare to your lyrics.

For the real geeks & Beethovens out there, another interesting little feature of Udio is the “Manual Mode”, which allows you to toggle between the AI enhancing your prompt or giving you the option to interact with the model directly.

Check out Manual Mode & the Custom lyrics

Want to align the chords a bit?

Udio allows you to edit the soundtrack created. You can change specific bits of the lyrics, adjust the variance, or even tweak the prompt a bit.

Ho ho ho, that's not all !

The Remix feature is a really cool trick as well. You can take any existing soundtrack you have created and Remix it.

Unleash your inner DJ and Remix your creation

Udio generates a song of 30 seconds by default, which you can then extend. The cool level of customization is that you can choose which part of the song to extend - beginning, conclusion or simply add a new mid-section.

Extend the song by adding Intro, Outro, or a new Section

You can also edit the song title & associated image - Notice the quick quip to not use artist names

Udio is on its way to becoming the Spotify of AI music. Once you’re done and want the world to dance to your tunes, you can also publish your tracks on Udio.

That’s a long list, here is taking a quick stock of all the features of Udio!

  • Intuitive Interface: No need to decipher complex music notation. Simply describe your desired sound using keywords and prompts.

  • Genre Exploration: Udio offers a wide range of musical genres, from classical and cinematic to electronic and hip-hop.

  • Customization Controls: Fine-tune your music with sliders to adjust tempo, mood, and instrumentation.

  • Export & Share: Once you're happy with your creation, you can download it and share it with the world!

  • AI-powered Remixes: Take your existing track and generate new variations with different feels and instrumentation.

AI Music Generation Showdown: Udio vs Suno

The one question buzzing in our ears is what to choose.

They offer similar features like genre selection and mood adjustments.

The key differentiator seems to be audio quality. Udio produces cleaner, more professional-sounding music. It also tackles complex sounds better, giving you more sonic control.

Suno might be simpler to use, but for those seeking top-notch audio and advanced features, Udio reigns supreme. Ultimately, the choice depends on your music creation goals and desired level of complexity.

Another ironic difference is that while Suno produces a longer song of 1 minute 39 seconds & Udio produces only a song of 30 seconds. Udio allows you to write a longer prompt as compared to Suno.

These differences are for the experts (ahem Trouble), but for a novice user both to gen AI & music (ahem Spark), the standout feature of Udio was the assistive prompt writing experiences in the form of tags & suggestions!

Remember the prompt to generate a song about “The Vision Debugged”

Created from Udio

A song about the newsletter "the vision debugged". Its two mascots are Spark, an ever curious product manager & Trouble, your neighborhood genius data scienist. The newsletter has cutting edge AI research insights, AI product teardowns, and other AI news.

Prompt used in Udio
Created from Suno

A song about the newsletter "the vision debugged". Its two mascots are Spark, an ever curious product manager & Trouble, your neighborhood genius data scientist.

Prompt used in Suno - We had to drop the second sentence due to the character limit

What’s the intrigue?

The Artist and the Algorithm: A New Duet?

The rise of AI music generation tools like Udio and Suno has sparked interesting conversations in the music world.

Over 200 prominent musicians, including Billie Eilish, J Balvin, and Nicki Minaj, along with estates like Frank Sinatra's and Bob Marley's, signed an open letter urging protection against AI's mimicry of human artists. The letter, from the Artist Rights Alliance, calls attention to AI tools that replace or undermine human creativity. While not advocating for a ban on AI in music, the letter emphasizes responsible use while addressing ethical and legal concerns. This initiative reflects a broader industry effort to address issues of copyright infringement and labour rights in the face of advancing AI technology.

In recent years, music producers have employed artificial intelligence tools in diverse ways, such as isolating John Lennon's vocals from an old demo track and utilizing them to craft a "new" Beatles song, which was released last year.

The case is not just limited to music, but with models like SORA the film & advertisement industry is also in uproar.

These platforms allow artists to experiment with sounds and generate ideas, potentially accelerating the creative process. The human touch, however, remains essential in crafting melodies, lyrics, and the overall artistic vision.

Spark & Trouble eagerly anticipate observing the unfolding dynamics within these domains, fascinated by the interplay between artificial intelligence and human ingenuity!

You Asked 🙋‍♀️, We Answered ✔️

Question: Meta AI is shaking things up by embedding itself in WhatsApp and Instagram. Could this be a game-changer for how we interact with AI compared to the current landscape of standalone chatbots?

Answer: Meta integrating its AI assistant directly into WhatsApp and Instagram could be a major shift. This would mean having AI help readily available within your chats and feed, eliminating the need for separate apps. Plus, it could tailor responses to your chat & social media habits. This also offers a wider reach of users very easily. However, some might be wary of an AI privy to their social lives. Additionally, while Meta AI can do things like generate images, it might not replace specialized AI tools designed for specific tasks. Overall, this integration has the potential to make AI assistants more convenient and personalized, but Meta will need to address privacy concerns to win user trust.

Well, that’s a wrap!
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See you next week with more mind-blowing tech insights 💻

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