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

Adobe is testing a new web-based tool that uses AI to simplify audio recording. The software is called Project Shasta and could make recording and editing podcasts and other projects a lot 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 chief of audio products, in a post on Product Hunt. “But then it became clear that the pandemic also made recording difficult, even for audio professionals. Our vision became to provide everyone with the tools they needed to create professional-sounding audio.”

The result is a browser-based tool — it requires Google Chrome — for creating and editing audio recordings in a visual interface without the need for professional equipment or other advanced tools.

Users record their audio into clips and Shasta automatically transcribes the recordings. From there, editing is as easy as removing 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 join in for recordings. The software takes care of synchronizing the clips even if a person has a bad 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 with an audio component.

For now, it’s unclear what exactly Adobe has planned for Project Shasta. Webster said the software is in an “early alpha” phase and the company is now sharing it to get feedback from testers, but didn’t share when it could be more widely available. Project Shasta is “free for now” for those requesting access through Adobe’s website.

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