Neutone Is A FREE AI-Powered Virtual Instrument Plugin


The recently released freeware AI-based plugin Neutone aims to bridge the gap between research and creativity.

The use of AI in everyday life attracts starkly contrasting opinions and shows no sign of slowing down. The same is true for the development and use of AI technology in music; some love it, some hate it, and many aren’t entirely sure what to think.

We asked our readers what they think about the technology in our AI music survey. We also covered some of the most popular AI music generators.

The one thing I know for sure is that no one trusts technology ever since the makers of Back to the Future told us that we’d see flying cars in the year 2015, which is also why I rarely speak to Michael J. Fox.

Whatever your opinion on AI may be, and whether the above statement is factual (it’s not) or wholly fabricated (it is), AI is here and moving fast.

Neutone is one of the latest additions to the ever-growing AI-powered plugin market. The Neutone plugin allows users to experiment with AI models in different ways.

As a creator, you can experiment with a wide and diverse range of AI models, turning the plugin into a transformative AI instrument.

If you check out the featured models on the Neutone website, the first two transform any incoming audio into a glass harp and djembe sounds. The featured demos of those first two models use the same incoming audio but produce entirely different outputs.

The words experiment and experimental are used frequently in describing Neutone because it’s a plugin that will inspire ideas more than help you reach a specific destination.

You might know that you want to utilize the Djembe model, for example, but the appeal will come from finding new input sources, generally being surprised by the output, and hopefully striking gold along the way.

Neutone is more than a transformative AI instrument; other available models focus on effects and audio processes like stem separation, amongst many other things.

If you’re an AI researcher, you can create and share your AI audio processing models with the Neutone community and play a part in helping others make music.

The Neutone beta version arrived in early 2022, followed by a macOS version later that year. Neutone version 1.4.1 is now available for macOS and Windows, an August 2023 update.

Remember to enter our Milestone Madness giveaway if you haven’t already, and thanks again to those who have.

Neutone is available in AU, VST3, and standalone formats for macOS (10.15 upwards for Intel, 12.0 upwards for M1) and Windows (10 upwards).

Download: Neutone (FREE)


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James is a musician and writer from Scotland. An avid synth fan, sound designer, and coffee drinker. Sometimes found wandering around Europe with an MPC in hand.


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