Make - A - Bot
Previously, we talked about how electric drum modules, until recently, had become nearly extinct and what it would take to revive them and make e-drumming relevant to all. Since then, Pearl has released the Mimic Pro which is exactly what fans have been requesting. The steep price has hindered many a purchase, yet we still look on it with hunger. Enthusiasts have been sufficiently pacified for the moment and eagerly anticipate how the rest of the market will evolve as we approach Summer NAMM 2018.
As an intelligent species however, enough is never quite enough. We continue to push the envelope of what is possible and what could be possible. In this article, we are moving on to digital audio workstations.
For a while, popular usage of speech dictation took the form of a YouTube video in long form (talk, edit, and post) or Snapchat in short form (take, review, post, or redo). Then, Siri was integrated into Apple’s iOS software, Cortana into Windows, and Echo was added to Amazon devices. Suddenly, humans could yell at robots, order them around, and start to do cool stuff, if you were willing to devalue a bit of privacy.
Once entangled in the world of smart objects, which add convenience, it’s a bit hard to walk away. Oftentimes, in a home studio, you the player doubles as Joe the audio engineer. Someone must man the start button. Like track & field, nothing happens until the gun is fired, or until you press record in our scenario. In our real world scenario, cables are everywhere.
The current workarounds to this problem are:
- Pressing record then run or leap around equipment and hope to catch the track at the right moment while trying to avoid tripping and dislodging cords.
- Using a wireless mouse and squinting.
- Adding a second touchscreen device/monitor and extending the display.
Navigating an obstacle course might be easier for some people!
Many musicians could benefit from an office or studio assistant. We propose a solution that skips a background reference check, a paycheck, and a couch to sleep on during the twilight hours of a session.
PPA -Passive Personal Assistant
The studio names the personal assistant. Our Passive Personal Assistant for this article is Chase. We record ourselves saying the AI’s name a couple of times for the computer to recognize it. Once setup is complete, Chase will only work by saying the AI’s name and the corresponding command. This is designed to prevent the activation of voice commands by random vocals, thereby avoiding a catastrophe in the middle of a recording session.
"Chase, Arm Track #1"
A.I. is the NOW!
Chase utilizes the voice activation functionality of Siri and Cortana through the program software to perform multiple operations.
We start with the basics:
Chase: Playback (Start, Last 15)
Chase: Highlight Pitch (Suspect Vocals)
Chase: Arm Track
Chase: Delete Track
Suddenly, Chase is allowing the artist to stay at the instrument. Our PPA Chase was created for drummers and musicians that need to record a track from the very first beat. Chase is a bot that also performs various functions for studio engineers once it is programed to carry out the requested operation (think excel macro).
What automated tasks will your Passive Personal Assistant be programmed to do?
Bring on the BOTICS!! Come on Acoustica!!