Adobe has introduced a public beta of Adobe Soundbooth an audio software package for creating and editing sounds and fixing common audio flaws using visually oriented tools.

The product was introduced yesterday at the MAX 2006 Adobe user conference in Las Vegas. Soundbooth is being made available as a free public beta, available for download here.

Adobe Soundbooth is available for both Intel-based Mac and Windows systems. It includes tools for capturing, editing and repairing sound without requiring training in sound production. The software integrates with Flash and Adobe Premiere Pro.

"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."

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 Adobe Production Studio.