It’s been many many years since I posted anything here.
Curious and somewhat conflicted about AI vocalists, but with particular interest in the capabilities of “Solaria” I decided to get to know the technology and subsequently revisit some old “girl” songs - past co-writes, some actually dating back as far as 20 years, and put “her” to the test. Way back in the day I was often approached by varioius women from various online songwriting communities to put music to their words/poetry. This then is my 2023 re-creation of some of those distant past demos, some of which never actually saw the light of day at the time, but now, compiled in a new album I’ve produced in C12 and called “Soularia”, all sung by AI Solaria (lite) by Dreamtronics. Make of it what you will:
A follow-up “Soularia II” is currently a work in progress.
I like the whole project. I am still impressed by this voice AI. I wouldn’t dare say it’s a great voice, but it’s really not bad either.
I never thought of using this kind of voice in one of my projects, but after this audition, I think I might reconsider the usefulness of it.
Thanks for sharing!
One thing to bear in mind is this is just the free ‘lite’ version of Solaria you’re hearing- I believe the full version has additional performance capabilities - including a VSTi plugin.
I was a little hesitant about sharing these given the conflicting and polarised views regarding AI generally - it seems to trigger a lot of often very heated debates. For now I see it as just another production tool - a useful one for anyone that doesn’t have access to a vocalist. In much the same way I’ve been using Jamstix VSTi regulary, an AI drummer substitute that’s been around for quite some years now. All I need now is an AI bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and perhaps a full orchestra of AI players as well - oh, and a complete AI replacement for myself would also be real handy.
It is a very interesting tool and your demonstration proves it. I don’t want to argue about the use of AI. For me, at least for now, AI-enabled VSTs are just tools like any other tools available to us.
You may have the best guitar, the best piano or any high-end instrument paid for at a high price, that does not mean that you will be able to get the most out of the sound available with such instruments.
It is the user and the creator who creates the result, it will be good, passable or bad.
If the AI allows me to obtain interesting results because I know how to use it well, that is what is important. The use you have made of it is really very interesting and well done.
Hi Sherz, it’s been a very long time. Really missed your posts. Hope you’re doing well!
Yup! Been a while… 10 years maybe?
Hey Sherz, I really appreciate your tracks, the first song’s chorus is simply but technically beautiful.
Track “Water Me” is my favorite!
Thanks! Glad you liked that one… written around 20-odd years ago!
As it happens, I’ve just finished (I think?) a second follow-up album, again old songs, some that were discarded, now resurrected and given a new lease of life:
Soularia II | Ian Rushton (bandcamp.com)
Gotta admit, I don’t know how I feel about this. But I like the track anyway. I think we’re all trying to figure out what to do with AI. I mean, suppose I asked an AI to play a guitar track on one of my compositions, but it sounded better than my own. Well, I would definitely use my own, but I would think a lot about what I like better about the AI track. Also, I don’t think an AI will ever be able to write a piece like I’ve written, but that might actually be a good thing!