Adobe Is Creating A ‘Photoshop For Audio’
Project VoCo is what Adobe is calling their latest software. A software that was shown in their annual Max event. The product would act like a Photoshop for audio, allowing you to add words that were not originally in the audio file or even said.
Project VoCo is set to be a high-end audio editing application that besides having normal features such as noise reduction and normal speech editing it will have the feature to add new words using the speakers recorded voice. Project VoCo was demoed on stage at Max 2016 and it was really impressive. The software uses recognition technology to understand the makeup of a persons voice and uses that knowledge to replicate the voice in a near indistinguishable manner, so long as there is at least 20 minutes of recorded speech. The Verge cited that the project is being worked on by Adobe Research and Princeton university.
When recording voiceovers, dialog, 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. Adobe
There is no date for when Project VoCo will be available commercially but when it does eventually come out it could potentially be revolutionary for audio engineers and people who work with audio in general. Forgot to say something you were supposed to? No problem we can add it in with Project VoCo. The phrase “we will fix it in post” gets used a lot when it comes to the visual side of video and film production, now film makers and producer can use the phrase even for audio.
However, people are seeing a lot problems with a software like Project VoCo. For example, people could start conspiracies by simply downloading an audio file and tampering with what was said. Just as Adobe taught the public to be wary of images, Project VoCo will teach the public to be wary about even audio.