February 21, 2024

The Art of the Prompt: A Guide to Crafting the Perfect Prompt for Splash Pro

Crafting a prompt for AI is harder than it looks, and changes depending on platform and purpose. Our Product Evangelist Amli shares what works for her when using Splash Pro to create music for her creative projects.

When prompting for Splash, it is best to use simple instructions that include keywords the search model is going to understand. Our current search models are trained on genre, mood, tempo and instrument terms.

1. Start with a Clear Genre and Mood:
  • Set the foundation with a Genre: Splash excels in creating electronic music, so to start think of genres like Disco, Trap or RnB House. However, don’t be afraid to try other genres like Rockabilly or Indian Classical. Splash is constantly working on expanding their training dataset with different types of music to enable you to evolve your sound into something totally unique!
  • Give direction with a mood: Using mood words like uplifting, nostalgic, or energetic will help Splash understand the feeling you are trying to generate. 
  • Example: “Compose a gritty UK Drill track”:

2. Highlight Instrumentation:
  • Alter the feel of your track with instrument choice: Synths for a futuristic sound, acoustic guitars for warmth, or heavy bass for a deep, resonating rhythm – these choices shape the character of your music. 
  • Splash most easily recognizes synths, acoustic guitars, drums, and basses.
  • Example: “An energetic Rockabilly track with catchy guitar riffs and a driving rhythm

3. Specify the Musical Key and Tempo:
  • Dictate the pace in your prompt: Use terms like fast-paced or fast-tempo for a dance number . If you are looking for an introspective piece try slow-tempo.
  • Use the BPM input for a more specific tempo:  
  • 55-80 = Slow 
  • 85-110 = Medium  
  • 115-140 = Fast  
  • 150+ = Insanity
  •  Use the Key drop-down to help guide mood: A major key often yields a cheerful tune, while a minor key tends to sound more melancholic. 

Something to keep in mind: while specifying BPM and Keys can get you results closer to what you may be looking for, it can also cause your samples to be less varied. If you are looking for a wider range of inspiration, try prompting without specifying these terms.

4. Experiment and Learn:
  • Blend terms for more unique samples: While blending terms that would usually go together can produce cleaner results, try experimenting outside of the box! 
  • Each prompt is a learning opportunity: The above is a great way to get started, but don’t be afraid to experiment! You might stumble upon something you weren’t expecting! 

The beauty of AI-driven music creation lies in its limitless possibilities. Let your imagination lead the way, and soon, you'll be creating music that resonates with your unique artistic vision.

Happy Composing!


About Amli

I am an artist and AI enthusiast with 20 years working in multimedia art. I am currently studying computer science, and live in Los Angeles with my two dogs and fiancé. You can find me and my community on Twitter @amli_art.