Published on November 17, 2023, 8:19 am

Youtube Launches Dream Track: Ai-Generated Soundtracks For Youtube Shorts Celebration

YouTube has announced the launch of some new experimental AI services, including Dream Track in YouTube Shorts. This exciting feature uses AI-generated versions of artists’ voices to create up to 30-second soundtracks. While there has been some pushback from musicians regarding the use of their voices without permission or compensation, YouTube managed to get nine big names from the music industry on board, including John Legend, Troye Sivan, CharliXCX, and T-Pain.

The company originally planned to announce Dream Track at its Made on YouTube event in September but faced negotiations with recording companies over rights and payments. Nevertheless, the feature is now available for users by simply typing an idea into the creation prompt and choosing one of the participating artists. The technology behind Dream Track relies on Google DeepMind’s Lyria, a powerful music generation model designed specifically for creating high-quality vocals and instrumentals while giving users more control over the final product. Any content generated by Lyria will be marked with a SynthID watermark.

To inspire users, Charlie Puth and T-Pain have created sample Dream Tracks that YouTube has shared publicly. However, many of the participating artists expressed their cautiousness about AI while remaining hopeful that collaborative work could lead to positive and non-exploitative opportunities. Singer CharliXCX stated, “When I was first approached by YouTube I was cautious and still am; AI is going to transform the world and the music industry in ways we do not yet fully understand.”

Alongside Dream Track, YouTube is also introducing Music AI Tools in collaboration with its Music AI Incubator program. These tools can generate guitar riffs from a hummed melody or transform a pop track into a reggaeton anthem. Producer and songwriter Louis Bell has even showcased a sample video to demonstrate these capabilities.

YouTube finds itself walking a fine line as it introduces these AI tools while simultaneously guarding against misuse. In response to concerns surrounding deepfakes, the video platform has recently implemented new policies for labeling videos created using AI. Additionally, public figures, including musicians, have been given the ability to report deepfakes.

Currently, Dream Track is only available to a select group of creators and artists. However, participants of the Music AI Incubator program can expect to test out these exciting tools later this year. YouTube continues to push boundaries with its innovative AI services while ensuring that safeguards are in place to protect against misuse.

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