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Audition CS6 Essential Training
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Adjusting the clip amplitude


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Audition CS6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Adjusting the clip amplitude

You've probably noticed this tool that's sort of hanging out near the top of the Waveform Editor. This is the Amplitude Adjustment tool, and it allows you to increase or decrease the loudness of a selection you have made. Now, in some cases, you may want to increase or decrease the volume of the entire clip, in which case, simply click anywhere over the graph or dial or text here and drag left or right. And while you're dragging, you get a real-time representation of how much you're increasing or decreasing the amplitude as the waveform grows and shrinks. So maybe I want to increase the amplitude to about 4 dB. So there's 4.2 dB right there.
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  1. 1m 7s
    1. What is Audition?
      1m 7s
  2. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  3. 21m 6s
    1. Understanding the Audition interface
      8m 49s
    2. Setting up input and output
      4m 7s
    3. Setting essential preferences
      8m 10s
  4. 25m 3s
    1. Importing audio files
      6m 39s
    2. Extracting audio from a CD
      4m 6s
    3. Importing video files
      2m 21s
    4. Recording audio
      4m 50s
    5. Creating a multitrack session
      7m 7s
  5. 8m 8s
    1. Understanding frequency
      1m 50s
    2. Understanding amplitude
      1m 40s
    3. Understanding sample rate
      2m 34s
    4. Understanding bit depth
      2m 4s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Understanding the Waveform Editor interface
      6m 2s
    2. Making selections
      6m 5s
    3. Adjusting the clip amplitude
      2m 49s
    4. Fading clips
      4m 5s
    5. Normalizing
      5m 17s
    6. Copying, cutting, and pasting
      7m 40s
    7. Undoing, redoing, and using the History panel
      4m 5s
    8. Generating silence
      1m 56s
  7. 24m 1s
    1. Using the Spectral Frequency Display
      2m 53s
    2. Using the selection tools
      7m 18s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      6m 34s
    4. Removing background noises
      7m 16s
  8. 46m 31s
    1. Understanding destructive vs. nondestructive effects
      12m 35s
    2. Applying compression
      9m 20s
    3. Understanding reverb vs. delay
      4m 44s
    4. Working with filters and EQ effects
      6m 46s
    5. Using special effects
      4m 26s
    6. Isolating vocals in a stereo track
      4m 27s
    7. Working with time and pitch effects
      4m 13s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Creating a multitrack session
      6m 1s
    2. Recording and importing audio
      9m 42s
    3. Understanding the multitrack interface
      5m 20s
    4. Understanding the Mixer panel
      6m 13s
    5. Editing clips in Multitrack View
      9m 49s
    6. Grouping clips together
      2m 43s
    7. Creating bus groups
      7m 42s
    8. Routing and working with sends
      4m 7s
    9. Using automation
      12m 25s
    10. Pre-rendering tracks
      2m 19s
    11. Exporting the mix
      4m 13s
    12. Exporting the session
      3m 22s
    13. Burning the mix to a CD
      4m 45s
  10. 25m 17s
    1. Working with audio from video
      6m 23s
    2. Importing a sequence from Premiere Pro
      3m 59s
    3. Adding a soundtrack to a video
      3m 45s
    4. Exporting a session back to Premiere Pro
      3m 32s
    5. Using Automatic Speech Alignment
      7m 38s
  11. 9m 46s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 17s
    2. Using pan envelopes
      2m 44s
    3. Exporting a multichannel mix
      45s
  12. 52s
    1. Next steps
      52s

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Audition CS6 Essential Training
4h 40m Beginner May 06, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the interface
  • Setting up inputs and outputs
  • Importing audio and video
  • Understanding audio terminology, such as frequency and amplitude
  • Adjusting clips in the Waveform Editor
  • Cleaning and repairing audio
  • Applying effects
  • Working with tracks in the Multitrack Editor and Mixer panel
  • Editing the soundtrack of video
  • Performing surround mixing
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Video Audio for Video Music Editing Post Production
Software:
Audition
Author:
Garrick Chow

Adjusting the clip amplitude

You've probably noticed this tool that's sort of hanging out near the top of the Waveform Editor. This is the Amplitude Adjustment tool, and it allows you to increase or decrease the loudness of a selection you have made. Now, in some cases, you may want to increase or decrease the volume of the entire clip, in which case, simply click anywhere over the graph or dial or text here and drag left or right. And while you're dragging, you get a real-time representation of how much you're increasing or decreasing the amplitude as the waveform grows and shrinks. So maybe I want to increase the amplitude to about 4 dB. So there's 4.2 dB right there.

I release and Audition takes a moment to make my change, and there it is. Now, you might have noticed that when I released my mouse, the Amplitude setting went back to 0 dB. It does this in case I want to make further adjustments, and that way I can know how much I'm increasing or decreasing the amplitude from the current level. As with all yellow underlined text, I can click on that number, and I can type in a value. So if I wanted to take this back down to its original level, I could type -4.2 dB, press Return, and there it is. Now, as I mentioned, the Amplitude tool works for whatever you have selected.

If you don't have anything selected, it adjusts the entire clip, but if you only want to increase or decrease the volume of a certain section, first make your selection and then change the amplitude. And as you can see, only the contents within that selection are then changing. I'm just going to undo that. Also notice how the tool stays centered within my selection as I'm making it. It's just dropping to wherever I'm making my selection. That can be useful if you're making a bunch of selections and you don't want to have to keep moving your mouse back to the center of the screen.

Now, there's a Pin icon right here. Just drag it over here, for example. If I click that pin, I'm pinning this Amplitude Adjustment tool to its current location, which is what you can do when you don't want it to move. So now, as I make my selections, it stays in one place. And you're also free to drag this tool around anywhere else within the editor that's convenient to you. And as long as the pin is selected there, it'll stay pinned to whatever location you drag it to. If you unpin it, it'll start jumping to your selection again. Now, when it comes to adjusting amplitude, you should always keep an eye on the level meter down here.

As a general rule, don't increase your volume to the point where these two indicators at the end here turn red. Just to give you an example... (male speaker: --for a character. After that, we'll take a look at inverse kinematics and the various inverse kinematics tools as well--) This indicates that your level has clipped, and you probably heard a little bit of distortion that appeared when I drag the levels too high. The reason these stay red is because you might not always notice of a portion of your recording has clipped. It might just be a split second. So when you do glance down here, you'll know that something was too loud at some point. You can go back through and try to find the problem.

You can turn these red lights off again just by clicking them, and I'm just going to undo my last change here. All right, so that's the Amplitude Adjustment tool for increasing or decreasing the volume of selections you make in your waveform.

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