Wednesday, June 7, 2017

NSI Instruments

Magenta is a Google Brain project that has created something called NSynth which seems to be extracting the audio DNA from samples and then mixing it all together in a user controllable synth. While I can't give you the synth (it is highly confusing) which will hopefully someday come out as a VST, I can apparently use the NSynth Dataset to create more traditional though possibly funky sounding instruments.

Acoustic Strings            Volume 1

20 string 'instruments', 4,000 samples, uses Big Bob's WIPS script for fake round robins and on sustains, legato.

Acoustic Keyboards        Volume 1
Soundcloud Demo

Acoustic Brass                Volume 1

License: The dataset is made available by Google Inc. under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Paper: Jesse Engel, Cinjon Resnick, Adam Roberts, Sander Dieleman, Douglas Eck, Karen Simonyan, and Mohammad Norouzi. "Neural Audio Synthesis of Musical Notes with WaveNet Autoencoders." 2017.


  1. hey,
    I d/l-ed "Acoustic Strings, Vol. 1", unzipped it but, when I tried to open an .nki - - using my Kontakt 5.6.6 full standalone, it came back saying that my Kontakt was too old, out-of-date?

  2. It times out in Kontakt player. Is that working as intended?