Audio source separation hit the DJ scene last month, firstly with Algoriddim’s djay Pro AI for iOS, and just hours later via VirtualDJ 2021 for Mac and PC. And today Algoriddim has plugged the Mac gap with Neural Mix Pro… hold your horses — it’s not djay but standalone Mac software that everyone can use to convert their local tracks into fully split ones and do the same for loops too.
The official words:
Algoriddim launches Neural Mix™ Pro, the first AI-powered music player andeditor for producers, DJs and musicians
Algoriddim’s Neural Mix™ Pro for Mac allows users to extract instrumentals and acapellas of any song saved to their device
Allows users to automatically extract beat-precise vocal, instrument, or beat loops for use with third party music production software and digital audio workstations
Fully leverages Apple’s Core ML technology to separate vocals, drums, and instruments in real-time
Makes track separation accessible to producers, DJs, and musicians of all skill levels
MUNICH, Germany, August 27, 2020 – Algoriddim has today unveiled Neural Mix™ Pro, its brand-new, AI-based music player and editor that provides real-time audio source separation and beat-precise extraction of elements of music for producers, DJs, and musicians.
Following the groundbreaking launch of djay Pro AI earlier this year, Neural Mix™ Pro is the latest showcase of real-time music source separation and is set to transform the art of remixing, producing, and DJing.
“Traditionally, sourcing the original stem files of tracks has been an arduous process, at best taking time and creative effort away from the production of new music, and at worst, proving simply impossible. Neural Mix Pro allows me to isolate beat loops, acappellas, and instrumentals almost instantly. Its clean interface helps streamline my production process and allows me to focus on what I do best. This is a revelation for musicians and producers.” said Bernard “Harv” Harvey, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer on Justin Bieber’s 2020 album “Changes”, as well as the number one hit “Under the Mistletoe”.
Steffen Harning of Milk & Sugar, DJ and producer of several top 10 records that became milestones of house music history, including “Let The Sun Shine”, “Higher & Higher”, and “Hey (Nah Neh Nah), added: “Both as a DJ and a producer I often find myself wanting to isolate elements of existing music. Neural Mix Pro allows me to extract the instrumental and acappella of any song. It’s intuitive and delivers great results which I can export for my remixes, mashups, and re-edits. The possibility to also adjust any desired tempo or pitch before exporting makes Neural Mix Pro a killer application for the workflow of DJs and producers.”
Neural Mix™ Pro
Neural Mix™ Pro’s advanced music player allows users to mute individual vocal and instrumental tracks of songs, time-stretch tempo using zplane’s industry leading élastique Pro V3 engine, and even transpose to a different key in real-time. This makes it perfect for practicing musicians or creative enthusiasts who want to explore the music they love in completely new ways.
“We’ve created Neural Mix Pro to add a new creative dimension to the repertoire of producers, DJs, and musicians of all skill levels,” said Karim Morsy, CEO and Co-Founder of Algoriddim. “It’s designed to let anyone explore and edit music in unprecedented ways and we can’t wait to see what artists create with this AI-powered music tool in their hands.”
Additional Features of Neural Mix™ Pro include:
Offline Export – Neural Mix™ Pro’s advanced offline export allows users to extract acapellas and instrumentals in pristine sound quality, for use in their favorite DJ or music production software.
Loop Editor – Loop Editor functionality enables users to extract and export beat-matched vocal, percussive, or harmonic loops; trim audio tracks to an exact region or sample, and export loops into a range of file formats.
Music Browser – The built-in Music Browser provides users with flexible track sorting options, via Music and Finder integration. The multi-track export allows you to select entire folders or playlists for a batch export of instrumentals and acappellas.
AI Music Player – Neural Mix™ Pro’s AI music player provides the ability to change the key and tempo of songs, and to isolate and mute individual instruments, allowing users to play along with their favorite tracks
Neural Mix™ Pro for Mac is available as a free download on the Mac App Store. Users can unlock all Pro features for a one-time in-app purchase of $49.99 / €54.99 / £48.99.
I’m Algoriddim’s video guy. Money changes hands, but I’m still impartial.
So what is Neural Mix Pro?
That’s simple and easy:
It’s a Mac-only stem splitting music player for local files.
It exports full tracks to AAC or WAV in all manner of stem combinations.
It exports loops in exactly the same way.
What it’s not:
Anything to do with djay. This is a standalone app for anyone, not just DJs.
It’s not for saving stems from streaming files, because that would be illegal.
The nutshell version — you play local music, with the option to switch vocals, drums, and harmonics on and off, change the pitch and key, and can play loops too. That much is for free. On one level it’s pure fun, but singers get instrumentals and musicians get acappellas to perform over for nothing.
For a one-off £49 payment, you get the full export option too. That gives you every combination of vocal, harmonics, and drum stems as individual files, and also the option to save out loops as well. You can even save out with target BPM and key.
But again, I feel the need to stress that this is for local files only — there’s no streaming connectivity, or ever likely to be, for obvious copyright reasons.
When you’re operating in a niche industry, opportunities to expand your customer base should be grabbed with both hands. And with Neural Mix Pro, Algoriddim now has the attention of musicians and singers who can now create tracks to perform over, producers can save out stem loops, and DJs can now create stems and drop them into their DJ software of choice, or at least until everyone else catches up to djay and VirtualDJ.
So no more dodgy sounding covers for Karaoke bars — they’ll just buy the originals and silence the vocals. And I can’t wait for SoundCloud to groan under the weight of remixes/mashups that will be spawned by the ease of acapella availability.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Obviously djay for Mac users will be climbing the walls wanting this tech. And the fact that there’s a standalone app doing it basically confirms that Algoroddim has it working for desktop, and will ultimately get parity with djay for iOS. I just don’t know when that will be.
I’m also counting down the seconds until Atomix releases their own VirtualDJ themed competing desktop version of Neural Mix Pro too. Hear that Mr Anderson? That is the source-separated sound of inevitability.
Neural Mix Pro is available on the Mac App Store as a free play only download, with a $49.99/€54.99/£48.99 in-app purchase to unlock the whole exporting thing.