Launching Auto-Instrumental for Sync Licensing

June 20, 2023

One of the greatest strengths of having access to stems for any artist, publisher, or label is sync licensing. And yet many label and publisher catalogs are missing stems for between 30–50% of their recordings. Without instrumentals or stems, it can be challenging — and often impossible — for artists to work with music supervisors and land lucrative sync deals.

On the other side of this business, our friends at Chordal have worked closely with music supervisors and sync licensors for years. As one of the largest repositories of approved instrumentals and stems in the world, Chordal saw how speed and access to instrumentals were standing in the way of a finalized sync deal.

Grappling with the lost opportunities for artists and frustration of supervisors, Chordal turned to AudioShake as a partner to help tackle this problem. Chordal integrated AudioShake’s API into their platform and launched a first-of-it-kind tool, Auto-Instrumental. Embedded in Auto-Instrumental, AudioShake’s AI is able to recognise, isolate, and create stems from any piece of audio. Including instrumentals, which are necessary for supervisors to shape the music around dialogue and other elements of sound design in content such as movies, trailers, commercials, etc.

In sync, speed is key. Auto-Instrumental reduces the time of obtaining an instrumental from days or weeks — if it even exists — to a matter of seconds, making it immediately possible to trial music to picture.We partnered with AudioShake, which is already known as the best-in-class AI solution for extracting high quality instrumentals and stems from vocal tracks. – Grayson Sanders, CEO and Founder, Chordal

Auto-Instrumental provides instant and much needed access to stems for music supervisors, while still giving rights holders the opportunity to upload the official instrumental to Chordal if they are able to obtain it later. It helps supervisors overcome the challenge when stems or instrumental files are missing or have never been created in the first place.