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Project VoCo: What It Is and What It Means

By Ashley Biggs

In early November of 2016, Adobe introduced their new technology – Project Voco –  a software that allows you to edit speech as easily as you edit text

A technology website, Tech Crunch, explains saying, “Project VoCo needs about 20 minutes of voice samples from a given speaker. It then analyzes the speech, breaks it down into phonemes, transcribes it and creates the voice model.”

The software, which is still in the early prototype stage, is being created in hopes to be marketed to sound engineers of varying fields.

So what does this mean for the world of commercial voice-over work?

Nothing as of yet.

As the technology progresses, the ability to create the nuances of human speech through the software will become possible.

However it has been noted by the creator’s that with where the technology currently stands,  if you listen closely you ARE able to note where the software has added or changed a word

In the future Project Voco may become a helpful tool on the engineering side to insert quick fixes and alterations into recorded audio, but it will not be able to replace the original art and contribution of a voice actor to any given project.

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