Adobe Soundbooth CS4

Adobe Soundbooth CS4

Adobe aimed to customize its Soundbooth CS4 audio editor for making round trips among projects throughout Creative Suite 4.

This application is supposed to be relatively simple for audio beginners to tweak speech, songs, and all sorts of sound effects. Its heat map-like editing view, for instance, appeared with Creative Suite 3. In Creative Suite 4, there are plenty of work space enhancements. The interface echoes that of other members of Creative Suite 4, with pull-down menus for flipping among various work spaces, and easily resizable, Flash-based panels.

We like Soundbooth's new Speech Search feature, also found in Adobe Premiere CS4. This translates spoken audio into text. When you click on the text transcript, Soundbooth jumps to its equivalent audio waveform. In our early tests of the rough-draft code, we found that Speech Search doesn't work perfectly on the first run, but wading through long projects full of dialog should be faster than ever. You can make translations in multiple languages, opening up the possibility for creating subtitles, or a karaoke-like effect for sing-a-long videos.

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