Adobe’s Shasta Project is an AI-powered, web-based audio editor

Adobe is testing a new web tool that uses AI to simplify audio recording. The software is called, and it could make recording and editing podcasts and other projects much easier and more accessible.

The project started in Adobe Labs as an experiment to find “new ways to help people edit audio on the web,” wrote Mark Webster, Adobe’s head of audio products, in an article on Product. Hunt. “But then it became clear that the Pandemic also made recording difficult, even for audio professionals. Our vision became to give everyone the tools they needed to create professional-quality sound. . “

The result is a browser-based tool – it 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 their audio in clips, and Shasta automatically transcribes the recordings. From there, editing is as easy as removing the text from the transcript. 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 participate in recordings. The software will handle the syncing of clips even if a person has a poor internet connection.

While Shasta’s most obvious use case is recording podcasts, Webster notes that it could also be used for voiceovers, videos, and other projects with an audio component.

As of yet, it’s unclear exactly what Adobe has planned for the Shasta project. Webster said the software is in an “Early Alpha” stage and the company is now sharing it for reviewer feedback, but didn’t say when it might be available more widely. Project Shasta is “free for now” for those requesting access through the Adobe website.

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