Adobe is testing a new web-based tool that uses artificial intelligence to simplify audio recording. The program is called, and it can make recording and editing podcasts and other projects a lot easier and more intuitive.
The project began at Adobe Labs as an experiment to find “new ways to help people edit audio on the web,” Mark Webster, Adobe’s head of audio products, wrote in a post on Product Hunt. “But then it became clear that the pandemic has also made recording difficult, even for audio professionals. Our vision has become to empower everyone with the tools they need to create a professional sounding sound.”
The result is a browser-based tool – which requires Google Chrome – to create and edit audio recordings in a visual interface without the need for professional equipment or other advanced tools.
Users record audio in clips and Shasta automatically transcribes the recordings. From there, editing is as simple as deleting text from copies. There are also AI-based filters that can improve audio quality or automatically remove filler words like “um”. Project Shasta also supports remote recording, so guest speakers can easily join recordings. The program will handle syncing of clips even if one person has a poor internet connection.
While the most obvious use case for Shasta is recording podcasts, Webster notes that it can also be used for voiceovers, videos, and other projects that have an audio component.
At the moment, it’s not clear exactly what Adobe has planned for the Shasta project. Webster said the software is in “early alpha,” and that the company is now sharing it to get feedback from testers, but it hasn’t shared it when it’s more widely available. Project Shasta is “currently free” for those who request access via the Adobe website.
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