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Steinberg announces collaboration with Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., with its AI-driven DrumGAN development incorporated into the latest release of Backbone.

 

HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg has today announced the immediate availability of Backbone 1.5, the latest version of the company’s one-of-a-kind drum re-synthesizer. This updated iteration includes a new key feature, DrumGAN, a recent development by Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) which employs AI-driven technology to generate unique drum samples.

Backbone is a virtual instrument which provides new ways to design primarily intricate drum sounds for every style of music. Users start off by layering up to eight samples, which can be split into individual tonal or noise elements. The individual layers can also be re- synthesized with easily accessible manipulation tools through the clearly laid out user interface.

By adding DrumGAN, Backbone 1.5 is now taken to a new level of individuality for creating sounds. DrumGAN uses Generative Adversarial Networks to generate new drum sounds with only a few smart parameters. Available samples can also be analyzed to create similar versions. With this latest AI-driven technology, Backbone users now have options to take their sounds into previously uncharted territory, creating a wide range of signature sounds that have literally never been heard before.

Senior Marketing Manager Florian Haack says: “The cooperation between Sony CSL and Steinberg is a great example of how AI can be used in music production to drive creativity while making everything easier. The ability to generate new samples with DrumGAN for kicks, snare or cymbals, or analyze existing samples and further re-synthesize and reassemble the components gives producers unprecedented flexibility to design new sounds. And, thanks to the user-friendly interface, Backbone users can now harness this new AI-powered technology in a straightforward way.”

Availabilityandpricing

Backbone is available through the Steinberg Online Shop for 149 euros or 149.99 US dollars. With the release of version 1.5, Backbone is currently available at a 40% special offer discount until the end of July 2022.

The update to version 1.5 is free for users who already purchased Backbone.

AboutSonyCSLMusic team

Sony CSL is a fundamental research laboratory whose “Music and Artificial Intelligence” team, based in Tokyo and Paris, has a strong artist-centric vision: Tomorrow’s production tools should stimulate creators’ imagination, and offer new possibilities for interaction while fitting in the modern production process. Working hand in hand with Sony-affiliated musicians and content creators, they develop a new generation of music production tools based on Artificial Intelligence that will extend the scope of musicians’ capabilities and push the boundaries of creativity.

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About Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Steinberg is known the world over for its music and audio software and hardware solutions. The company has been developing, manufacturing and selling innovative products for musicians and producers in the music, film, post production and multimedia industries since 1984. Steinberg products are used by Grammy and Oscar award-winning composers, engineers and producers. The company also offers business customers license- management and copy-protection systems.

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