Get Back: Beatles documentary used custom AI to strip unwanted sound

Sound engineers used custom-made artificial intelligence to strip out unwanted audio from footage of the band in the studio


24 December 2021

Ringo, Paul, John, and George in The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles’ rooftop performance from 1969 in The Beatles: Get Back

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The Beatles: Get Back, Peter Jackson’s documentary about the making of the album Let It Be and the band’s final public performance, on the rooftop of their Savile Row office, would have been impossible without custom-made artificial intelligence, say sound engineers who worked on the film.

Sixty hours of footage were recorded during the short period in 1969, but most of the audio was captured by a microphone that picked up the musicians’ instruments in a noisy jumble rather than …