Coffee Sessions #90

Bringing Audio ML Models into Production

The majority of audio/music tech companies that employ ML still don’t use MLOps regularly. In these companies, you rarely find audio ML pipelines which take care of the whole ML lifecycle in a reliable and scalable manner. Audio ML probably pays the price of being a small sub-discipline of ML. It’s dwarfed by ML applications in image processing and NLP. In Audio ML, novelties tend to travel slowly. However, things are starting to change. A few audio and music tech companies are investing in MLOps. Building MLOps solutions for music presents unique challenges because audio data is significantly different from all other data types.  

In this episode

Valerio Velardo

Valerio Velardo

AI Music Consultant + Host of The Sound of AI + MLOps Lead , The Sound of AI, Utopia Music (MLOps)

Valerio is MLOps Lead at Utopia Music. He’s also an AI audio consultant who helps companies implement their AI music vision by providing technical, strategy, and talent sourcing services. Valerio is interested both in the R&D and productization (MLOps) aspects of AI applied to the audio and music domains. He's the host of The Sound of AI, the largest YouTube channel and online community on AI audio with more than 22K subscribers. Previously, Valerio founded and led Melodrive, a tech startup that developed an AI-powered music engine capable of generating emotion-driven video game music in real-time. Valerio earned a Ph.D. in music AI from the University of Huddersfield (UK).



Demetrios Brinkmann

Demetrios Brinkmann


Demetrios is one of the main organizers of the MLOps community and currently resides in a small town outside Frankfurt, Germany. He is an avid traveller who taught English as a second language to see the world and learn about new cultures. Demetrios fell into the Machine Learning Operations world, and since, has interviewed the leading names around MLOps, Data Science, and ML. Since diving into the nitty-gritty of Machine Learning Operations he felt a strong calling to explore the ethical issues surrounding ML. When he is not conducting interviews you can find him making stone stacking with his daughter in the woods or playing the ukulele by the campfire.