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Friday, November 04, 2016

Adobe Is Working On 'Photoshop For Audio' That Will Let You Add Words Someone Never Said (theverge.com)

Adobe is working on a new piece of software that would act like a Photoshop for audio, according to Adobe developer Zeyu Jin, who spoke at the Adobe MAX conference in San Diego, California today. The software is codenamed Project VoCo, and it's not clear at this time when it will materialize as a commercial product. 

The standout feature, however, is the ability to add words not originally found in the audio file.

 Like Photoshop, Project VoCo is designed to be a state-of-the-art audio editing application. 

Beyond your standard speech editing and noise cancellation features, Project VoCo can also apparently generate new words using a speaker's recorded voice.

 Essentially, the software can understand the makeup of a person's voice and replicate it, so long as there's about 20 minutes of recorded speech. 

In Jin's demo, the developer showcased how Project VoCo let him add a word to a sentence in a near-perfect replication of the speaker, according to Creative Bloq.

 So similar to how Photoshop ushered in a new era of editing and image creation, this tool could transform how audio engineers work with sound, polish clips, and clean up recordings and podcasts.

"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," reads an official Adobe statement. "

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."


Here is why this Adobe product may not be such a great idea.

Pastor Tilson's son has been framed by the prosecution.

I won't go into the details here.

They inserted word's that he had not said into recorded sentences of the son during deposition.

A forensic audio expert has been able to locate the insertions and documented them.

What if district attorneys frame innocent people using the Adobe product and forensic audio experts can't detect the insertion of words in the audio record as has been done to Tilson's son?

This would be a nightmare for lady justice.

How many people would be framed in audio clips.

What if presidential wannabes were made to say what they had not said?

And no one could prove they had not really said the inserted words?


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