ISBN-10:
157820240X
ISBN-13:
9781578202409
Pub. Date:
05/10/2004
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Using Audition

Using Audition

by Ron Dabbs

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Overview

From the first recording to the final mix, audio editors will find this book an invaluable guide to producing the best-sounding audio tracks. Besides covering the fundamentals of installation and optimization, basic audio concepts, and the major features of the application, Using Audition presents specifics of each function with screen shots and practical examples. Readers learn how to reduce noise in their recordings, use loops and effects to create tracks, analyze and interpret vital statistics, mix and export sound files, and take advantage of shortcuts and Adobe workflow integration methods to speed their production.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578202409
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/10/2004
Series: DV Expert Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Ron Dabbs is the senior media engineer at Evatone, Inc, and partner in Audio 11, an audio mastering house in Tampa, Florida. Formerly the executive vice president/general manager of one of the largest independent recording studios in the country, his clients included a wide range of commercial accounts and musicians. Several of his recordings have achieved platinum status.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notexiii
Creditsxv
Prefacexvii
Chapter 1Getting Into It!1
The Monologue1
An Introduction to Audition1
The Audio Repertoire2
Physics of Sound2
Audio Signals5
File Formats8
Commonly Used Formats9
Other Supported Formats12
Metadata13
For More Information14
Chapter 2Setting the Stage15
First Audition15
Installing Audition15
The Ins and Outs19
The Best Performance21
Settings21
Device Properties36
Device Order42
System Resources42
Housekeeping46
Chapter 3Moving around the Stage49
The Stage49
Giving Direction52
Mousing Around52
Keyboarding53
MIDI Controllers54
Toolbars54
Changing the Scene55
Customizing the View55
Customizing the Toolbar58
Customizing the Organizer Window58
Other View Elements60
The Stage Crew60
The View Menu60
The Window Menu66
Chapter 4The Opening Act75
The Casting Call75
The Edit View Cast76
New76
Open77
Open As78
Open Append78
Open Audio from Video78
Extract Audio from CD78
Close80
Close Only Non-Session Media80
Close All80
Save80
Save As80
The Cast of the Multitrack View82
New Session82
Open Session83
Insert Menu in Multitrack View86
Chapter 5Laying Tracks87
The First Act87
Recording Modes88
Recording in Edit View89
Recording in Multitrack View96
Microphones103
Types of Microphones103
Preamps104
Miking Techniques105
Recording Techniques109
Chapter 6Making the Cut111
What Is Editing?111
Editing Techniques111
Editing in Edit View113
Undo/Redo113
Preroll and Postroll114
Selecting Segments114
Cut116
Delete118
Trim118
Copy120
Copy to New120
Paste120
Paste to New121
Mix Paste121
Find Beats122
Zero Crossings123
Delete Silence123
Auto-Cue125
Snapping126
Sample Level Editing127
The Marquee Selection Tool127
Insert in Multitrack128
Editing in Multitrack View128
Clips128
Selections128
Working with Clips129
Cut130
Undo131
Full131
Check for Hidden Clips132
Remove Clips132
Destroy Clips132
Enable Clip Time Stretching132
Clip Time Stretch Properties132
Insert/Delete Time133
Trim134
Adjust Boundaries134
Enable Clip Edge Dragging134
Split135
Merge/Rejoin Split135
Align Left135
Align Right135
Convert to Unique Copy135
Group Clips136
Clip Color136
Insert Menu136
Audio Clip Properties137
Crossfades138
The Art of Timing139
Chapter 7On-Cues, Loops, and Sounds141
On-Cues141
What Is a Cue?141
Cue List Window142
Manual Cue Placement143
Auto-Cue Placement143
Creating Ranges145
Modifying Cues and Ranges146
Play List Window146
Loops149
What Is a Loop?149
Loops and Looping149
The Loop File Format157
Looping Techniques158
Sounds158
Silence159
DTMF Signals159
Noise160
Tones161
Chapter 8Audio Props and Effects165
What Is an Effect?165
Why Use Effects?166
Presets167
Graph Controls168
Preview169
Enable Preroll and Postroll Preview169
Using Effects in Edit View170
Invert171
Reverse171
Silence171
Amplitude172
Delay Effects180
DirectX192
Filters192
Parametric Equalizer197
Noise Reduction199
Special203
Time/Pitch205
Unsupported209
VST209
Using Effects in Multitrack View210
Real-Time versus Offline Effects210
Envelope Follower211
Frequency Band Splitter212
Vocoder212
Third-Party Plug-Ins213
DirectX213
Chapter 9A Critical Review215
What Is Analyzation?215
Purpose of Analyzation216
Using Analysis216
Frequency Analysis217
Linear View218
Hold218
Status Bar218
Graphing Options218
Scan219
Advanced219
Phase Analysis220
Display Option221
Samples222
Normalize222
Peak versus Average Levels and Something Called "RMS"223
Statistics224
RMS Settings225
General Tab225
Histogram Tab226
Spectral View227
Chapter 10Mixing It Up229
What Is Mixing?229
The Act of Mixing230
Mixing Formats231
Mono Mixing231
Stereo Mixing231
Surround-Sound Mixing232
Mixing with Basic Controls232
Volume233
Panning233
EQ233
Track Properties234
Mixing with Buses and Effects236
Background Mixing236
Mixing Gauge236
The Bus236
FX/Rack Effects237
Mixing with Fades, Crossfades, and Envelopes239
Fades239
Crossfades240
Envelopes241
Performing the Mix242
The Session242
The Mixdown243
Dithering244
The Multichannel Encoder245
MCE System Requirements245
Encoder Window245
The Adobe Workflow249
The Adobe Video Collection249
What Is the Adobe Workflow?249
Chapter 11The Finale: Producing a Master Piece251
What Is Mastering?251
Mastering for Compact Disc252
Step 1Sequencing Tracks252
Step 2Signal Processing254
Step 3Level Adjustment255
Step 4Track Mark Placement257
Step 5Burning the CD260
Mastering for Analog Tape Formats264
Chapter 12Bonus Features267
Conducting Music267
What Is MIDI?267
Using MIDI in Audition268
What Is ReWire?270
Using ReWire in Audition270
Shortcuts and MIDI Triggers271
Using the Shortcuts Window275
Favorites Menu278
The Favorites Dialog Box278
Using the Favorites Menu280
Scripting and Batch Processing281
Scripts281
Batch Processing284
Synchronization286
Options288
Options Menu (All Views)288
Options Menu (Edit View and Multitrack View Only)288
Options Menu (Edit View only)289
Options Menu (Multitrack View only)289
Options Menu (CD Project View only)290
Help290
The Help Menu290
Audition Forums291
Adobe Product Announcements292
Appendix AThe Controllers293
Surface Controllers293
Event Electronics293
Mackie294
Tascam294
MIDI Controllers295
M-Audio295
Appendix BThe Players297
Audio Web Sites297
General297
Educational297
FAQs297
Forums298
Miscellaneous298
Onlines Sales298
Books and Magazines298
CD/DVD Replicators298
Organizations298
Recording-Equipment Manufacturers299
Microphones299
MIDI Controllers and Surfaces299
Mixing Consoles299
Monitors299
Sound Cards and Audio Interfaces299
Music Samples, Loops, and Sound Effects300
General Loops, Samples, and Sound Effects300
Sample Libraries300
Loop Libraries (Including Samples)300
Music Construction Kits (Including Loops and Samples)300
Music Libraries300
Sound Effects Libraries300
Optimization301
Software301
Audio Encoding301
CD/DVD Authoring301
Plug-ins301
Utilities302
ReWire-Compliant Applications302
Glossary303
Index309

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Ron's book truly sets the stage for a great recording project and provides excellent direction for the finished cut.

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I highly recommend this book. You get step by step clear instructions. Easy to read and understand. Its like having the instructor on your side guiding you each step of the way.