The future of music

Suno AI for music generation: where and how to use it

January 13, 2024
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Key takeaways

  • Made by alumni from top tech companies, Suno AI is a text-to-music AI capable of generating songs with lyrics.
  • It’s now available through Microsoft Copilot.
  • There’s some mystery over where Suno obtained its data.

Suno AI represents a vast development in the world of text-to-music creation, leveraging the power of AI to generate music from simple prompts, complete with lyrics.

Developed by a team of developers and engineers from Meta, TikTok, and Kensho, including Keenan Freyberg, Mikey Shulman, Georg Kucsko, and Martin Camacho, Suno AI was recently integrated into Microsoft Copilot, which is an AI platform that integrates ChatGPT alongside plugins and multi-modal functions. 

At the heart of Suno AI are two major models: Bark, which specializes in vocals and lyrical performances, and Chirp, designed for instrumental backing tracks. 

They work in tandem, making Suno somewhat of a class leader in generating songs with natural vocals and melodies. 

You can listen to Suno-generated tracks here

These models use a deep learning structure trained on extensive musical datasets to capture the essence of vocals, melodies, rhythms, and more. It supports virtually any genre, like rock, pop, K-pop, and classical, and enables users to choose various styles from slow to fast. 

Here’s how you can use Suno:

Choose your access point

  • Decide how you want to access Suno AI. You have multiple options: through Anthropic’s Discord server, using Microsoft Copilot (region dependent), or directly via Suno AI’s platform.
  • If you choose Discord, join the Suno AI Discord server. You should find an invitation link on Suno AI’s website or their social media channels. 
  • Once you’re in the server, look for the Suno AI music generation tool, often referred to as the “Chirp” tool. 
  • For Microsoft Copilot users, simply visit the Copilot website. Make sure you’re signed in with your Microsoft account. Look for the Suno AI plugin or a feature within Copilot that says something like “Make music with Suno.”

Creating your music

  • In Discord, use the appropriate commands or interfaces provided by the Chirp tool to input your music preferences, such as genre or mood. In Copilot, enter a prompt related to making music, like “Create a pop song about summer adventures.”
  • If using Suno AI directly, follow the platform’s instructions to input your prompt and preferences. You can use “Custom Mode” for more options.
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The Suno AI interface

There are a few extra features. For instance, Suno allows users to extend their favorite clips using a continuation feature, where each additional segment can be 60 seconds long. 

This feature is available under all three of Suno’s plans: Free, Pro, and Premier. Users can stitch together the full song by using the “Get Whole Song” function, which combines all clips in a chain into a single song.

Access to Suno’s premium plans varies by region. There’s are loads of tutorials of how to use it on YouTube.

Suno’s approach to copyright compliance

Copyright has emerged as a titanic issue for the generative AI industry. How was Suno trained? How does the model manage to generate melodies and lyrics without accidentally copying copyrighted music?

Over in the visual arts, researchers demonstrated that AI models like those used by Midjourney could generate copyright visuals, like Woody from Toy Story or The Simpsons, from short and simple prompts. 

This shows that the developers trained the models on copyright data, exposing them and other AI developers to a slew of legal risks. 

Might we see similar risks for music models like those used by Suno?

Suno and intellectual property

When it comes to posting songs or artwork on social media platforms, free users are required to attribute the creations to Suno. Paying subscribers are appreciated for doing so but are not obligated. 

Additionally, only paying subscribers to Suno’s Pro or Premier plans can monetize their songs on YouTube and upload them to music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. This stipulation aligns with the user’s compliance with Suno’s Terms of Service.

Regarding monetization, Suno defines commercial use as any activity that generates revenue, including monetizing on sites like YouTube, uploading songs to streaming services, or licensing songs for advertisements, films, TV programs, or podcasts.

Paying subscribers to Pro or Premier plans can use their songs commercially. However, subscribing to these plans does not grant retroactive commercial rights to content generated as a free user.

Ownership of the songs generated using Suno varies depending on the subscription status. Paying subscribers own the songs and accompanying artwork generated while subscribed, subject to compliance with Suno’s Terms of Service. 

Free users, however, are allowed to use their generated songs and artwork for non-commercial purposes only, with Suno retaining ownership.

Legal ambiguities

Suno acknowledges the complex nature of copyright protection for AI-generated content. 

The company advises users to consult a qualified attorney for the latest developments and the degree of copyright protection available for their Suno-generated output.

Currently, it’s looking like AI-generated work will be tough to copyright, with the U.S. Copyright Office recently stating that AI-generated works wouldn’t be granted protection.

While Suno is innovating in the field of AI-generated music, it places the responsibility on users to comply with copyright laws, especially when uploading lyrics to existing songs. Users must be the copyright owners or have explicit permission from the copyright owners. 

However, if Suno were exposed for using copyrighted music in its datasets, simply passing on responsibility to users likely wouldn’t fly. 

Sam Jeans

Writer and digital artist who has been covering the latest AI-related news, including generative AI and its influence on the creative industries. Sam plays drums and has been writing for tech and music sites since 2016.

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