User guide

In this user guide, you’ll find advice on how to get the most out of Stable Audio, information about the AI models and training data behind the product, and a guide to how you can use the tracks you create.


Prompts are the text you use to tell the AI how you want your music to sound.

Learn how to tweak your prompts to optimize what you can get out of the product.


We use state-of-the-art audio diffusion AI models to generate music.

Check out some technical details about how our models work.

Training Data

Our first model is trained on music provided by our partner AudioSparx.

Learn more about the training dataset.


As a Pro user, you can use music generated in Stable Audio in your commercial projects.

Learn more about what our licence does and doesn’t allow.


With Stable Audio, you describe the audio you want with a text prompt, and the system generates it for you. This guide shares some tips on how to prompt.

This is just what works for us - we encourage you to experiment and find what works for you!

Add detail

If you have something specific in mind, include it. Genres, descriptive phrases, instruments and moods work particularly well.

For example, a detailed prompt might look something like this:

Cinematic, Soundtrack, Wild West, High Noon Shoot Out, Percussion, Whistles, Horses, Action Scene, SFX, Shaker, Guitar, Bass, Timpani, Strings, Tense, Climactic, Atmospheric, Moody

Set the mood

When including detail on the mood you want, try using a combination of musical and emotional terms.

Musical might be groovy or rhythmic. Emotional might be sad or beautiful. Using both musical and emotional words in combination can work well.

Choose instruments

We’ve found that adding adjectives to instrument names is helpful.

For example, Reverberated Guitar, Powerful Choir, or Swelling Strings.

Set the BPM

Setting the beats per minute is a great way to ensure your output is the tempo you want, and can help keep it in time. The key here is to try to stick to BPM settings that are appropriate to the genre you’re generating.

For example, if you were generating a Drum and Bass track, you might want to add 170 BPM to your prompt.

Full instrumentals

Use Stable Audio to generate full musical audio encompassing a range of instruments.

Include as much detail as you can!

Trance, Ibiza, Beach, Sun, 4 AM, Progressive, Synthesizer, 909, Dramatic Chords, Choir, Euphoric, Nostalgic, Dynamic, Flowing

Disco, Driving Drum Machine, Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Guitars, Instrumental, Clubby, Euphoric, Chicago, New York, 115 BPM

Synthpop, Big Reverbed Synthesizer Pad Chords, Driving Gated Drum Machine, Atmospheric, Moody, Nostalgic, Cool, Club, Striped-back, Pop Instrumental, 100 BPM

Ambient house, new age, meditation, advertisement, 808 drum machine, 808 kick, claps, shaker, synthesizer, synth bass, soaring lead heavily reverbed, modern, sleek, beautiful, inspiring, futuristic

Calm meditation music to play in a spa lobby

Post-Rock, Guitars, Drum Kit, Bass, Strings, Euphoric, Up-Lifting, Moody, Flowing, Raw, Epic, Sentimental, 125 BPM

Ambient Techno, meditation, Scandinavian Forest, 808 drum machine, 808 kick, claps, shaker, synthesizer, synth bass, Synth Drones, beautiful, peaceful, Ethereal, Natural, 122 BPM, Instrumental

3/4, in 3, 3 beat, guitar, drums, bright, happy, claps

Warm soft hug, comfort, low synths, twinkle, wind and leaves, ambient, peace, relaxed, water

Individual stems

You can also use Stable Audio to generate individual stems featuring a single instrument or group of instruments.

Just specify what you want in your prompt.

Electric guitar top line solo instrumental, no drums, Classic Rock, 105 BPM, Grade: Featured, Instruments: Guitar

Samba percussion

Drum solo

Sound effects

Stable Audio can also be used to generate sound effects.

Cars, fireworks, footsteps... describe what you want and see how the model does.



Car passing by

Fireworks, 44.1k high fidelity


The AI model behind Stable Audio is a latent diffusion model for audio generation.

You can read more about the model architecture in our research blog post here.

Training Data

Our first audio AI model is exclusively trained on music provided by AudioSparx, a leading music library and stock audio website.


As a free user, you can use audio generated via Stable Audio as a sample in your own music production (i.e. music track).

As a paid user, you can use it in your commercial media projects: videos, games, podcasts and more. This includes internal projects and external client projects.

You can’t train AI models on the generated audio. For more detail, see our Terms of Service.