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TikTok is doubling down on its roots as a music-focused creation app with the new features.

TikTok has recently added a heap of new music effects for creators, further solidifying its position as a music-focused creation app. The effects offer new interactivity, visualisations, animations, and more and are expected to be rolled out within the next few weeks. It kicks off with the launch of Music Visualizer, an effect that runs a real-time beat track to animate a retro green screen landscape. The new feature has been used in 28,000 videos and the effect results in videos featuring a purple sky with multiple planets in the background and the ground pulses up and down with the music, very Tron. You can use Music Visualizer with any sounds in TikTok’s music library. 

You can also expect the following effects soon: 

Music Machine – An interactive set of tools that will allow users to control the real-time rendering of MIDI loops for different music layers. A BPM slider for real-time adjustments will present, one-shot sound effects, and dynamic visual responses for the video of your recorded music. 

Delayed Beats – This will recreate the freeze-frame effect that’s already popular on TikTok while aligning transitions to the beat of the music. 

Text Beats – Get ready to add animated text overlays to videos that transition in sync with the beat of any sound from TikTok’s expanding library. 

Solid Beats – Allows for visual effects that sync to the beat of any song. 

Mirror Beats – You’ll be able to align display transitions with the beat of any song from TikTok’s library. 

These new features coincidently follow the arrival of several new TikTok competitors from major social media networks, such as Instagram’s Reels, Snapchats Spotlight and, YouTube Shorts.

The new effects will be available in the dedicated “Music” tab within TikTok’s Creative Effects tray.