DrumGAN is a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) that can synthesize high-fidelity audio for a wide variety of kick, snare, and cymbal sounds. It enables continuous interpolation of drum classes and provides an encoder that can map any preexisting sound into the latent parameter space of the GAN to generate variations of it.
In 2020, DrumGAN was used in our collaboration with French producer Twenty9. As a hip-hop beatmaker, he’s used to digging into countless kits, scrolling into endless drum sample lists, so as to get a distinctive sound. This habit came in handy when he started using Sony CSL drum-generating plugins in order to create drum samples both ahead of their time and to the point.
In 2022, Steinberg announced the integration of the DrumGAN technology into their drum re-synthesizer Backbone. Hence, DrumGAN became the world’s first commercially available technology to employ Neural Audio Synthesis. Today, thanks to the Sony CSL-Steinberg partnership, DrumGAN is more user-friendly as a tool and is available to creators around the world.