Soundtrap Capture simplifies mobile recording and music collaboration

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Since its debut in 2013, Soundtrap has offered a simplified way to make music online. The cross-platform, web-based recording studio has a streamlined look that isn’t intimidating for beginners — a departure from most modern digital audio work…

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Staples is opening podcast studios in six Boston stores

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Staples’ latest ploy to get people into its retail stores is podcast recording booths. This week, the podcasting company Speaker announced that it’s bringing recording spaces to six Staples stores in the Boston area. The booths are part of a new Stap…

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AI avatars of Chinese authors could soon narrate audiobooks

By AI, audiobook, audiobooks, author, av, avatar, bu xin tian shang diao xian bing, engadget, literature, narrator, reader, recording, robots, Sogou, tomorrow, uncanny valley, video, xinhua, yue guan

The Chinese search engine Sogou isn’t stopping at AI news anchors. The company has created “lifelike” avatars of two Chinese authors, and it plans to have them narrate audiobooks in video recordings. According to the BBC, Sogou used AI, text-to-speec…

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Surprise: People are listening to your Google Assistant queries

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It’s no secret that Google records your conversations with Google Assistant after you say a “wake word.” But what you might not know is that Google uses contractors to manually review a handful of those recordings, about 0.2 percent. Yesterday, VRT N…

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British Library exhibit to highlight the sounds it’s fighting to save

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Last year, the British Library began the “Save our Sounds” project, with the aim of accelerating the digitisation of millions upon millions of lost audio recordings held in its vast archive. The collection includes many rare and previously unreleased…

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