Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon’s new keyboard will be available in the US only at first, from early 2020 Amazon has unveiled a musical keyboard with a built-in artificial intelligence (AI) composer.The AWS DeepComposer is a two-octave, 32-key keyboard that can connect to computers via a USB cable.Users can play a short tune, or…

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Amazon’s new keyboard will doubtless be out there within the US best doubtless to begin with, from early 2020

Amazon has unveiled a musical keyboard with a built-in man made intelligence (AI) composer.

The AWS DeepComposer is a two-octave, 32-key keyboard that might maybe maybe join to laptop programs by activity of a USB cable.

Customers can play a transient tune, or use a pre-recorded one, request the keyboard to adorn it in one of 4 styles – jazz, classical, rock or pop – and then post it on Soundcloud.

But one expert talked about the audio demo provided by Amazon modified into once “gross”.

‘Like a flash gimmick’

Prof Prick Collins, an expert on musical AI at Durham University, admitted it modified into once provocative to evaluation the standard of DeepComposer in accordance to the single audio example provided by Amazon in a weblog.

“If I had to resolve kindly in accordance to what modified into once on that internet assert material, I wasn’t very impressed the least bit,” he steered the BBC.

“It is gross. A musician with a accepted sequencing skill might maybe effortlessly mock up higher examples.”

A spokeswoman for Amazon talked about the machine modified into once meant for builders as a “stress-free and bright device” to spoil new expertise.

Prof Collins talked about that, amongst extra unusual users, it can fail to be viewed as something else extra than “a snappy gimmick”.

Dr Oded Ben-Tal at Kingston University, who has worked on AI tune projects, agreed.

“I witness folks doing this 5 times and then asserting, ‘Yeah that is elegant,’ then [moving] on to something else,” he steered the BBC.

Of the audio demo, he talked about: “I develop no longer disclose it sounds kindly.”

‘Deep-eche Mode’

Prof Collins even took scenario with the name, including that while he modified into once intrigued by the upward thrust of AI-enabled tune tools and merchandise in recent years, he modified into once upset by their monikers.

“They have not even got to the best doubtless puns but,” he talked about.

“I have been waiting for a design known as Deep Red or Deep-eche Mode however no-one’s done it but.”

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DeepComposer makes use of a originate of deep-finding out AI known as a generative adversarial network, which makes use of one neural network to generate assert material and one more to quality check it.

Such programs had been extinct to, as an illustration, spoil new ranges of classic video games or regulate pictures so they survey enjoy Van Gogh art work.

The central thought in all these cases, DeepComposer included, is that AI can possess close key aspects of an art work originate and changed into a selection of self-discipline cloth so that it shares these aspects too.

DeepComposer will doubtless be out there within the US best doubtless to open with, from early 2020, and cost $99 (£76).

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