This new software automatically removes “ums” and “ahs” from speech

One of the toughest abilities to acquire as a presenter (radio, TV, public speaking, podcasters, etc.) is to remove the verbal ticks of “um” and “ah” when talking. Do it too much and it not only becomes distracting but annoying.

Yes, you can fix it in post, but that requires loading the audio into some editing program and painstakingly removing all the “ums” and “ahs.” That can take forever.

But what if there was a way to accomplish this automatically? Adobe’s new Soundseek program does just that.

Cool, right? Yet there’s something about this that doesn’t sit right with me.

Isn’t this akin to using Auto Tune to correcting the flaws in a singer’s performance? And can’t Auto Tune be used to make up for a lack of innate talent? How is the final result Soundseek any different from that, albeit used just for speech?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “This new software automatically removes “ums” and “ahs” from speech

  • November 9, 2019 at 11:31 am

    This software will essentially delete nearly 100% of what Trudeau has ever said.


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