Adobe’s Project VoCo is an advanced voice editing tool


Adobe is on a roll. During its MAX conference recently, Adobe announced some new software for the audio editing.

Now although we’re used to Adobe being more inclined towards video and photo-editing applications, they’re exploring new avenues in the realm of audio processing this time around. It’ll be processing recorded audio data for users to re-master and manipulate it however they want.

During Adobe’s MAX 2016 Conference, they unveiled an on-going project called project VoCo. They provided a sneak peek of the software to show off its technological prowess to the audience. ZeyuJin, an Adobe developer showcased in a brief presentation, how the software is much like a Photoshop for audio.

In his demonstration, he mentioned that the software will enable users to add more words to a speech, but not ever mentioned during the speech. But it can only properly generate more made-up words if it’s got at least 20 minutes of pre-existing recording of the given individual. Once it’s analysed and studied by the program, VoCo can add new, otherwise unspoken words into the recordings.

Adobe’s official statement about the program says, “When recording voiceovers, dialogue, and narration, people would often like to change or insert a word or a few words due to either a mistake they made or simply because they would like to change part of the narrative. We have developed a technology called Project VoCo in which you can simply type in the word or words that you would like to change or insert into the voiceover. The algorithm does the rest and makes it sound like the original speaker said those words.”

Sounds all hunky dory, right? Well, we’re pretty sure what a majority of people will be using VoCo for once it comes out officially – Prank Calls!

We’re not sure when the product will be officially released to the public. Considering that it’ll require 20 minutes of recordings to analyze, it seems like there’s still room for a lot more improvement. The possibilities though, are pretty endless. We can now officially be able to make Morgan Freeman’s voice say an umpteen number of things… including this article once the software’s released.

It’s a great feat from Adobe, considering there have been so many experienced audio editors out there in the market and none of them have come up with a solution like this. Adobe being the pioneer it is, is bringing something new to its line-up of already powerful tools.


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