Four new registered trademarks were issued to Apple today from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Two of the trademarks are related to existing technology in Logic Pro X. Enverb and Siververb. These have been around in Logic for a long time. Silververb is so old; it currently resides in the Legacy Effects section of Logic’s plug-ins. If you’ve never seen or used it, hold down the Option key when clicking on the plug-in insert menu to make visible the usually hidden Legacy subfolder.
The other two trademarks are for “Machine Learning.” Usually, I wouldn’t give a second thought to an announcement like this, as it likely has to do with other areas of Apple’s technology that they are trying to protect. But the fact that it seems to be associated with Logic in this announcement makes it of particular interest. The two technologies are Create ML and Core ML.
When I think of machine learning and music software, two things immediately come to mind. First is the type of effects processing iZotope has embraced in many of its new plug-ins, where the frequency spectrum of one or more tracks is analyzed to generate a target parameter curve (for EQ, or de-essing, or compression, etc.) on another track to optimize the blend of the mix.
The other aspect of machine learning that I associate with music software are VIs that create generative parts. Like Logic’s Drummer. It can “listen” to another track, and generate variations to compliment and fit it.
What does Apple have in store for us with regards to machine learning and Logic? Could we be looking at some further development of “intelligent” software instruments? This is pure speculation, but I think a “Guitarist” or Bassist” or “Keyboardist” instrument that can generate parts based on a variety of user-based criteria (style, complexity, feel, chord pattern, etc.) would be fantastic!
Or maybe we are looking at some intelligent Mix effects, auto de-essing or EQ-ing based on a comparative analysis of the frequency spectrum of other tracks?
What do you think this might mean for Logic’s future development?