Adobe rolls out free web-based AI podcasting tools in beta

Formerly known as Project Shasta, Adobe Podcast includes audio enhancement and transcription capabilities

Adobe has launched its suite of web-based audio recording and enhancement tools in beta, renaming it from Project Shasta to Adobe Podcast.

Unveiled last year as part of the company’s increasing investment into AI technology, the product includes a number of AI features aimed at speeding up podcast production, including automatic transcription, audio enhancement and remote recording tools that record locally and sync to the cloud, as well as tools to check your microphone placement. 

Other features include the option to use project templates to make the editing process easier, filters to adjust sound quality, and transcript-based audio editing. This technology is similar to features found within popular existing podcast tools, such as Descript’s audio transcription editing feature and cloud-based remote recording platforms like Zencastr or 

Project Shasta, named after Mount Shasta in Adobe’s home state of California, was launched in December 2021 to a limited pool of early testers.

“Last year we started exploring new ways to help people edit audio on the web,” said Mark C. Webster, head of audio products for Adobe in a Product Hunt post announcing the launch. “But then it became clear that the pandemic made recording difficult too, even for audio professionals… so our vision became empowering everyone with the tools they needed to create professional sounding audio. Challenge accepted.” 

Users can request access to Adobe Podcast via the product page on the company’s website, regardless of whether they hold a Creative Cloud subscription, but chief product officer and executive vice president, Scott Belsky, said the features will eventually be integrated into the Adobe Express platform, which offers free web-based creative tools. 

He added that users can expect more content like this across Adobe’s video and audio editing tools with more easy-to-use web and mobile-based features, in his announcement of the rebrand on LinkedIn.

“Our shared objective: pushing “creativity for all” beyond template remixing, helping people make their ideas stand out - as a student, at work, or on social - in the era of creative expression,” said Belsky.