Adobe Soundbooth Released as Public Beta for Intel-Based Macintosh and Windows Platforms

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New Audio Solution for Creative Professionals Provides Powerful Capabilities to Transform Audio for Web and Video Workflows

Last Updated: October 26, 2006 4:59 pm GMT
(LAS VEGAS--BUSINESS WIRE) Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced the public beta of Adobe® Soundbooth™ software, a new innovative and intuitive audio software product for creating and editing audio and fixing common audio flaws using visually-oriented tools. Unveiled to customers for the first time this week at the MAX 2006 Adobe user conference in Las Vegas, creative professionals now have the opportunity to test this new beta download and submit feedback to the Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/soundbooth. Adobe Soundbooth is available for both Intel-based Macintosh and Windows systems.


Designed from the ground up to deliver high-quality sound to web and video workflows, Adobe Soundbooth enables creative professionals to quickly record, edit and create pristine audio without requiring training in sound production. Tight integration with Macromedia® Flash® from Adobe and Adobe Premiere® Pro enables Soundbooth users to easily remove noise from recordings, polish voiceovers, and customize music to fit a production.

"Adobe Soundbooth is a completely new, highly intuitive audio creation and editing toolset designed to accelerate the integration of sound into video and Flash workflows," said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager, Dynamic Media at Adobe. "Our customers asked us to make Soundbooth cross-platform because so many creative shops rely on both Macs and Windows based PCs. We look forward to the feedback from the creative community as we refine the product over the coming months."

Moving forward, Adobe plans to continue to develop Adobe Audition as a standalone product for audio professionals working in markets such as broadcast radio. Adobe plans to offer Soundbooth in place of Adobe Audition as the audio component in its integrated video solution, Adobe Production Studio.
Easy to use tools for Flash and Video workflows

Adobe Soundbooth includes the tools creative professionals need to handle customary audio production tasks with ease and efficiency. Video and interactive Web designers can record new dialog tracks, sound effects or other audio assets or transform existing audio files with sample-accurate tools that cut, copy, paste, fade, stretch, and add effects. Soundbooth also provides creative professionals with tools that fix common flaws in audio recordings and streamlined mastering tools to clarify vocals and polish files after editing. Users can also speed the process of creating customized music to accompany their projects with the AutoComposer feature.
"Soundbooth is the perfect audio tool for our designers," said Matt Rodriguez, president/executive director at Plexipixel. "Its features are focused on the tasks and problems we face regularly. The cue integration with Flash and FLV is huge and having designers that can do their own audio work will save us time everyday."

Creative professionals can use Soundbooth to easily import audio assets from Adobe Premiere Pro for precision editing and to add music. Creating animation cues for use in Flash is also fast and efficient with the ability to lay down markers that can be exported as XML and then used with Actionscript in Flash.

Pricing and Availability
The public beta of Adobe® Soundbooth for Intel-based Macintosh and Windows is now available as a free download at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/soundbooth/.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

© 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe Audition, Flash, Premiere and Soundbooth are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Comments

Re: News: Adobe Soundbooth Released as Public Beta for Intel-Based Macintosh and Windows Platforms
by Steve Freebairn
We need to let Adobe Know that we still want Audition in the Production Studio Premium. Unless 1 track is all you need! If we wanted Audition Elements we would have asked. I don't want to pay for the Production Studio Premium and get a watered down version of Audition.

Re: News: Adobe Soundbooth Released as Public Beta for Intel-Based Macintosh and Windows Platforms
by Ron Lindeboom

So sorry to rain on your perception of what's happening here but Soundbooth is FAR from being Audition Lite. It is a completely different kind of animal than Audition, period.

Think of it as more a competitor to tools like Smartsound Sonicfire Pro or Sony's new offering, Cinescore. It majors on functions that accommodate quick and powerful soundtrack creation, and minors on the one-track audio editing functions that you point to. But even there, it does the kinds of jobs that account for about 80% of the most commonly done routines that editors and compositors, etc., do daily -- things like trims, sweetening, noise reduction, etc.

Best regards,

Ron Lindeboom
Re: News: Adobe Soundbooth Released as Public Beta for Intel-Based Macintosh and Windows Platforms
by Steve Freebairn
I think it sounds like it has some great things, but I don't see why we have to lose audition if he have the Premium version of the Production Studio. You should get everything with that package.

Re: News: Adobe Soundbooth Released as Public Beta for Intel-Based Macintosh and Windows Platforms
by Ron Lindeboom

Audition, as you said earlier, is a multi-track audio editing environment.

The new Soundbooth program is a whole different paradigm and as such, it is written to do what it does with the fewest number of steps and very little effort on the part of the user. Anyone who has used audio editing software, knows that ease-of-use has never been the prime motivator behind audio software engineering.

These two programs really are two completely different animals. Really.

Best,

Ron Lindeboom
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