The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe Audition 2.0by Antony Brown
Software packages are complex. Shouldn't software books make it easier? Simplify your life with the Focal Easy Guide to Adobe ® Audition ® 2.0! This short, full-color book lives up to its name by paring down the software to its essentials. It covers only the key features and essential workflow to get you up and running in no time. When time is of the
Software packages are complex. Shouldn't software books make it easier? Simplify your life with the Focal Easy Guide to Adobe ® Audition ® 2.0! This short, full-color book lives up to its name by paring down the software to its essentials. It covers only the key features and essential workflow to get you up and running in no time. When time is of the essence, less is more
Antony Brown shares his professional insight to ensure you get the most out of all the tools Adobe's Audition ® 2.0 offers. All the essential areas are covered: set up, editing, audio restoration, looping content, working with video, mastering, making a CD, and much more. Featured are many workflow tips that show you how to tap into the full power of Adobe ® Audition ® 2.0 when creating your digital audio files. This is an ideal first read for any editor new to Adobe ® Audition ® 2.0.
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THE FOCAL EASY GUIDE TO ADOBE AUDITION 2.0
By ANTONY BROWN
Focal PressCopyright © 2006 Antony Brown
All right reserved.
Chapter OneSET UP
Loading Adobe Audition 2.0
Installing Adobe Audition 2.0 on Windows XP is a straightforward procedure: simply insert the CD and follow the prompts. You will be prompted to associate file types that will enable your computer to launch Audition to play them instead of another application, such as Windows Media Player. If there is any specific file types you don't want Audition to open, then deselect them; otherwise press OK.
Adobe Audition 2.0 will prompt you to set temporary folders on your drive to use. As Audition is dealing heavily with audio, it is best to use a separate drive if available for overall efficiency. When ready, go ahead and press OK and Audition 2 will open.
Setting Up the Device Hardware
Audition 2.0 now supports ASIO compatible sound cards for optimised low latency performance and audio scrubbing. It also works with any Windows-compatible soundcard, although latency performance will be reduced. Inputs and outputs for Edit View, Multitrack and Surround Encoder View are set from this window. Depending on the physical layout of your soundcard, different input and output port configurations can be set for each of the three main views within Audition.
To set up your audio hardware within Adobe Audition 2.0:
 Choose>Edit>Audio Hardware Set up
 Select the Edit View tab
 Select appropriate ASIO soundcard from the Audio Drive drop down menu
 Set the input and output ports
 Repeat process for Multi-track and Surround Encoder Views.
Latency in basic terms means the time it takes for sound to travel in and out of your computer via the soundcard. The standard Buffer Size setting of most onboard computer audio soundcards is around 2048, samples which result in a lag or delay in playback. An example of this would be talking into a microphone plugged into your computer soundcard and hearing a delay when monitoring the output; this is known as latency. Using Audition with an ASIO driver supported soundcard will allow you to directly monitor your input signal while recording with very low latency, sometimes known as 'zero latency'.
Under the Edit>Preferences tab you have a number of options to fine-tune the way you use Audition 2.0, including:
Display and colour scheme
The amount of times you can use 'undo'
Auto save – timed amount to save your project
External controllers – assigning external mixer controllers i.e. Mackie Control
Temporary audio folders – setting the Hard Drive space available.
The keyboard shortcut settings are another method for customising the way you work. If you are new to Audition but have knowledge of other software programs, keyboard shortcuts can be set-up within Audition to work as you like. To access keyboard shortcuts choose EDIT>Key commands.
New features in Adobe Audition 2.0
ASIO driver support
Direct to file recording
Low-latency mixing engine
Recordable parameter automation
Hardware controller automation
Audio mixing sends and inserts
Real-time input monitoring
Automatic delay compensation
Effects chain on all channels, buses, and master
Improved recording performance
Unlimited tracks in Multi-track View
Up to 96 live inputs and outputs
Complete customizable workspaces
Broader video format support
Tighter integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
Improved user interface
Uncompressed 32-bit music loops
Ready-to-use music beds
Direct Adobe Bridge accessibility (note: the Bridge is not a part of Audition)
XMP metadata support
Analog-modeled multiband compressor
Mastering rack in Edit View
Enhanced frequency space editing
New Spectral Controls, Spectral Pan and Phase display
Save CD layouts
Enhanced Broadcast wave support
Improved performance for editing
Ogg Vorbis format support
Chapter TwoTHE INTERFACE
Introduction to the Audition 2.0 Interface
On launching Audition 2.0 you will be met with a brand new graphical interface, including new workspace panels that can be customised along with a revamped Mixer and Effects Mastering Rack.
Audition is made up of three main workspace areas: Multitrack View, Edit View and CD View, each view having its own panel layout and purpose. Each workspace is made up of separate panels that can be resized, docked or grouped to other panels within the workspace. Panels can also be floated separately.
In this chapter we will firstly look at an overview of all the different panels and interfaces and what each is used for.
1. Multitrack View
The Multitrack enables you to record, edit and arrange multiple mono and stereo audio files into a musical session. The Multitrack View is made up of separate panels that can be resized and docked to other panels, customising your workflow. The Main panel is where multiple audio clips can be arranged along a timeline. A video clip can be imported, allowing you to accurately synchronise sound effects and music to the picture. There are controls to adjust volume, panning, add real-time effects and mix, all from within the Multitrack View.
Within the Multitrack View you have the Main panel showing audio and video tracks vertically, with video thumbnail preview and audio clips displayed horizontally across the panel. At the bottom of the panel the horizontal ruler or timeline shows hours, minutes and seconds. Different formats such as SMPTE time code and samples can be displayed by right clicking on the horizontal ruler>display time format and selecting the desired mode.
On the left side of the Main panel window there are four tabs showing overall settings for input/output, effects, sends and EQ within your Multitrack project.
2. Edit View
The Edit View is Audition's main workspace for editing and mastering single mono and stereo audio files. Editing functions such as cut, paste, trim, normalise and mastering can all be done from within this view. Zooming functions allow you to select specific ranges of audio down to sample level for precise editing. The Edit View has additional spectral frequency displays that allow you to see and edit the audio in a Photoshop style way.
3. CD View
The CD View is where you assemble audio files into a track list ready to burn to a CD. A 'Group Waveform Normalise' function is also included to assure all tracks within the CD View have the same relative maximum volume level. The Files panel is located on the left showing a list of imported audio files. Located to the right is the Main panel showing a CD track list in chronological order. To the far right is the Track Properties area, showing file information, as well as move up/move down buttons to re-organise your files into the order in which you want them to play.
Video files imported into the Multitrack View show a thumbnail display along the track, allowing you to locate scene changes along the timeline. The Main video panel can be docked and resized within another panel or undocked in its own floating panel. Utilising both the thumbnail and main video panel you can position specific sound effects to match the picture at precise time code positions. You are able to customise the video panel for best fit, aspect ratio and quality.
The Files panel has the same function whether you are within the Edit, Multitrack or CD View. It displays all the audio, midi and video files that you have open. There are six buttons located at the top which include:
Import file – click on this to import files
Close file – removes any unwanted files
Edit file – inserts the selected file into the main Edit View
Insert into Multitrack session
Insert into CD list
Show Options button – located at the bottom of the panel is the audio preview function.
The Effects Panel shows a complete list of included effects as well as any third party directX and VST effects you have loaded on your system. Both the Edit and the Multitrack Views have an Effects Panel list. The Edit View has process FX, which can only be applied singly onto an audio clip; and also effects that can be applied either serially in the Mastering rack, or on their own. Some of the process effects have additional options available that the non-processed ones don't. In the Multitrack View, effects are applied to the whole track in real-time, so process effects can't be used here. In the panel, you can choose to group effects into categories as well as show just the available real-time plug-ins.
The Favourites Panel shows a list of frequently used effects including Vocal Remove, Fade-in, Fade-out and Repair Transient. Any favourite or frequently used process or effect can be added to the list to speed up your workflow.
To add to the favourites list go to:
 Favourites>edit favourites
 Select new>select desired function from the Audition effects list
 Edit the settings>name
 If you want to, assign a key command>press OK (this is not obligatory).
The Tool Palette shows a variety of tools that change the function of the cursor. Tools vary in function depending on whether you are in Edit or Multitrack mode. In Edit mode, you can only use the Marquee and Lasso tools if you are in the Spectral Frequency Display view. The four icons on the left are the Edit View tools; the four icons on the right are the Multitrack tools.
Transport/Time Format/Zoom Panel/Session Properties
These various panels show all the properties needed for your session, including time format, tempo, zooming functions and transport control. They are all resizable and dock-able.
Audio Mixer Panel
The dedicated multi-channel low latency mixer is where individual adjustments are made to each track. Up to 16 different effects can be added per channel, along with a dedicated equaliser. The Freeze button allows you to conserve real-time processing power by locking the effects onto the track, although they can be unlocked again quickly if you want to change a setting. All mixer settings, including volume, panning, EQ, insert and send effects, can be automated.
A revamped Effects Rack for the Multitrack View and the mastering rack for the Edit view both allow you to add up to 16 chained effects. All effects parameters can be adjusted to get the best sounding result. Both mastering and effects rack have master input and output level controls along with pre and post fader options. The Mastering Rack has a preview button to let you hear exactly what your effects sound like before you hit the 'OK' key. The Multitrack effects rack runs in a real-time so parameters can be tweaked on the fly.
The Spectral Frequency display gives you a Photoshop-style way of seeing the audio. Using colour to represent the frequencies and brightness to represent amplitude it is possible to see specific areas of sound that are not visible in the standard waveform view. New in Audition 2.0 are the Spectral Pan display and Spectral Phase display representing Pan and Phase information, as well as new Frequency and Phase Analysis tools. Intricate noise and tones can be individually selected using the Spectral Marquee and Lasso tools. Literally any discrete sound that you can see can be removed. This is ideal for removing unwanted sounds such as camera/background noise, dog barks, bird chatter, clicks and pops.
 To access the Edit, Multitrack or CD views of Audition 2.0 choose one of the three tabs located at the top of the screen.
 To resize panels within a workspace, position your mouse between two panels. Click and drag to resize panels as desired.
 When moving a panel to a new location, a blue shaded area will appear showing where the panel will be docked. Release mouse to dock the panel. To undock a panel hold down the CTRL key when moving or click on the arrow located top right and select undock.
 To access a list of default workspace panels choose from the drop down menu under workspace, located top right of your screen or choose Windows>Workspace.
 To save a new custom workspace, first arrange and resize your panels in the desired layout as described above. Then choose 'new workspace' from the workspace drop down menu and name and save your workspace> press OK. Your new workspace will appear in the drop down list with the other default workspaces.
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Freelancer - Specialist in sound design/editing and music composition, audio restoration. Freelance Adobe software trainer/ demonstrator. Previously a UK Systems specialist for Steinberg audio software
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