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Audition CS6 Essential Training demonstrates all of the major features of Adobe Audition and prepares sound editors to start enhancing and correcting audio—whether it's music, dialogue, or other sound effects. Author and musician Garrick Chow begins by covering how to import, record, and manage media files, from extracting audio and importing video, to creating a new multitrack session from scratch. The course then dives deep into editing, repairing, and cleaning up audio files, using the Waveform and Multitrack Editors, and the Spectral Frequency Display. It also covers how to use built-in effects, how to mix both stereo and surround audio tracks, and how to work with video projects from Premiere Pro.
So previously, I showed you how to get a project you're working on in Adobe Premiere into Adobe Audition. And again, once you're in Audition you're free to work on these audio clips just like in any other project, and because these are separate entities you can experiment and play around all you want. But for this example I'm just going to add a simple music file to add a bit of mood to this project. On my desktop in the Farm Project folder is a file called Silent Charm.wav. I'm going to drag that into track 3 of my Audition project. Now again I'm getting this message telling me that the audio file doesn't match the sample rate of the session, and by clicking OK Audition is going to make a copy of the file which will match to the session sample rate.
And I do want it to do that so everything matches up. So I'll click OK. It just takes a second to do the conversion, and there's my new audio track. So while the first two audio tracks were imported from my Premiere project, I've now added a completely new track here on Audition. Now I could have done this in Premiere as well, but Audition gives me much better control over my mix and overall sound. So I prefer to handle as much of the project's audio here as possible. Let's give this a listen from the beginning. (video playing) Okay, so that definitely colors the mood of this project.
Now there are a couple of tweaks I need to make here. First, I think the music starts a little too abruptly with those strings coming in. Let's give that a listen again. (video playing) That's a matter of taste, but I think I am going to zoom in towards the beginning here so I can see it a little bit better. I'm just going to add a slight fade at the beginning, like so. Let's hear how that sounds. That way they just fade in a little bit, and I like that a little better. Now also I need the music to go a way down in volume when the speaking starts, and if you recall, this is very easy to do.
I can either use the yellow Volume Envelop lined on the clip itself, or I can use the Track Envelope. Again, we saw how to do this in the previous chapter. I'm just going to use the Clip Envelop in this case. So I'm going to narrow these down a little bit, so I can see all of my tracks. I can see the speaking starts right about here. So I'll just click to add a keyframe on the music right before that, and then I'll add another one and drag it down to reduce the level of the audio, and I need this come down fairly significantly.
And we'll just start it just a little sooner than that so I can bump this over a bit. Now let's give that a listen. (video playing) (male speaker: My name is BD Dautch, and I--) All right, so that's much better. Now you can hear the speaking over the music. (male speaker: --have Earthtrine farm, where we've been since 1998.) Now I'll probably play a little bit with how gradually or abruptly the music goes down, but you get the idea. Now this music track also goes on much longer than the rest of the audio and the rest of the clip.
So I'm just going to zoom out of my navigator, so I can see the end of that clip and I'll just drag its right end in, and because I have Snapping turned on, it'll snap to the end of the other clips. Zoom in on that end again, and I'll probably want to add a fade here as well so it just doesn't end abruptly. Something like that. (male speaker: We try not to do any shipping. We try to keep it all local.) And of course, I can play with that a bit. If I think that's too abrupt, I can just fade that out a little bit longer.
(male speaker: --restaurants. We try not to do any shipping. We try to keep it all local.) Okay, that works for me. All right, so we got to review several concepts we've covered throughout this course here, and now I have a nice soundtrack on my movie. Coming up next, we'll see how to get this project back into Premiere.
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