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Copying, cutting, and pasting

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Like just about every other content creation program out there, Audition gives you the ability to select content and then either copy or cut it, both of which place the selection into your clipboard, and then you can paste the selection into a different part of your file or into a completely different file. For this example, I'm using the song Breakdown Mode, which you'll find in your Exercise Files folder, but any audio file will do. Let's listen to the first few seconds. (music playing) All right. So maybe I really like that opening beat, and I want to use it as a sample in another track I'm working on.

Copying, cutting, and pasting

Like just about every other content creation program out there, Audition gives you the ability to select content and then either copy or cut it, both of which place the selection into your clipboard, and then you can paste the selection into a different part of your file or into a completely different file. For this example, I'm using the song Breakdown Mode, which you'll find in your Exercise Files folder, but any audio file will do. Let's listen to the first few seconds. (music playing) All right. So maybe I really like that opening beat, and I want to use it as a sample in another track I'm working on.

I'm going to zoom in to the beginning just by dragging the Navigator Selector here, and let me just give this a quick listen. (music playing) So it's a pretty repetitive drum part here, and I'm just going to select the very first beat, that's the first bass drum kick there, followed by a snare, followed by another bass drum hit here. I am just going to try to select just that. Now, I'm going to turn on the Loop Feature here, so it will loop my selection over and over again, so I can make sure I got a clean selection here.

(music playing) Works for me! Turn that off there. So that sounds pretty good. When you have a selection made, it's a simple matter to copy it by choosing Edit > Copy or by pressing the universal keyboard command of Command+C on the Mac, or Ctrl+C on Windows. That copies the selection to your clipboard. Now, I'm free to paste this selection into another part of my file, or into a completely different file. Just to illustrate this, I'll scroll over to about 2 minutes into the song, and I've got a bit of a breakdown coming up here. Let's give it a listen.

(music playing) Of course, I need to deselect my selection there. I am also just going to keep playing my selection. So I'll do that again. (music playing) So maybe I want to insert my copied selection in here to further break down the song before the guitar comes back in, and I think that point is right around the 2 minute 10-second mark. Then I'm going to start to zoom in and listen there again.

(music playing) So yeah, right about there. (music playing) So, I'm going to place my playhead where I want to paste my selection into, and then I'll either choose Edit > Paste or use Command or Ctrl+V. I paste my selection in. Now realistically, I wouldn't be doing this with a single track MP3 if I was trying to do professional work. I'd be working with the original multi- track file and using beat markers to make sure everything was really lined up precisely.

But I'm just using this to illustrate how copy and paste can work. Let's give this a listen. Of course, I need to click off to deselect, so I don't just play the selection. (music playing) So it was very brief there, but I was able to add that slightly broken down part there where we just hear the drums again. So now I've copied a part from the beginning of my track and pasted it into the middle, and this is really a pretty easy concept to understand if you understand copying and pasting from Word Processing. I am just going to hit Undo and paste it in again, just so I have it selected again.

Now, of course, you can also cut selections from your file. If you want to remove it from its current location, you can press Command or Ctrl+X or choose Edit > Cut. I'll use the keyboard command. This is similar to copying because cutting also copies your selection to your clipboard. But unlike copy, cutting removes a selection from the file. But if I wanted to, I could open another file now or create a new one and paste my cut selection into it. Now, even though copy, cutting, and pasting work just like they do in any other application, Audition does offer a bit of a bonus. If you look under the Edit menu, you'll see we have the option to Set Current Clipboard and that reveals that we in fact have five different clipboards to choose from in Audition.

Normally, in most applications when you copy something, it stays in your computer's clipboard and you can paste that into as many files as you like until you copy something else, at which point your original selection is overwritten by the new item you have copied to the clipboard. But when you're working with audio, it can be convenient to have more than one clipping saved at a time. Maybe you're working in radio, and you have a station ID you need to append to the end of every recording as well as some theme music that you need to add at the beginning of every recording. What you can do is select one of your items. I'll just select a couple of random seconds here, and you can choose Edit > Copy just like normal to move the selection to your clipboard.

Then select the next bit of audio you want to have copied, choose Edit > Set Current Clipboard, pick a different clipboard--in this case, Clipboard 2. Now, when I choose Copy, you can see that Clipboard 2 is no longer empty. I have now copied something to it. You just continue through your project, selecting what you want to copy. Set this to my Clipboard 3. Notice there are keyboard commands for this, and when I copy, now Clipboard 3 is occupied. All right! Just to see how this plays out, let's create a new audio file.

Let's leave the settings as they are, and now I can paste in any of my three selections. I'll switch back to Set My Current Clipboard to Clipboard 1, and I'll choose Paste, and there's my first selection. I'm just going to click off to deselect that, then I'm going to go to the end of the track, switch to Clipboard 2. I'll use a keyboard command in this case, Command+V or Ctrl+V on Windows, paste that in, and again I'll click off to deselect, go to the very end, and set the clipboard to Clipboard 3, paste one more time.

Now, this is going to sound like a big mess, but you'll definitely hear that there are three different selections that were pasted into this track. Back to the beginning, and unloop this because we probably only need to hear it once, and I'll play it. (music playing) Now one more time. (music playing) So those are definitely three separate pieces in there right now. And bear in mind that you have up to five clipboards to work with.

Now, let's go back to the original song. Now, if you need to pull out a selection from one track and paste it into a brand-new track like we just did, there's actually a shortcut that's much faster than copying or cutting and pasting the selection. Just make your selection, and then under the Edit menu, choose Copy to New to keep your selection in the current file while creating a copy in a brand-new file. Notice I'm looking at a brand-new track here, Untitled 4, and it contains all the audio I had selected in the original track. This file has the same properties as that clip as well, meaning in this case that it has got a sample rate of 44.1, it's in 32-bit, and it's stereo.

(music playing) So that's a really quick way to grab a selection of audio and put it into its own file. Now, Audition also has a Crop feature that lets you get rid of everything except what you have selected. So it's kind of the opposite of the Cut command. I'm just going to make a selection here. Select this first second of music, and I'm going to choose Edit > Crop or Command+T. That deletes everything but what I had selected, and all I have left is my selection. You can see it's exactly 1 second long.

(music playing) That's it! So this is a useful shortcut if you just want to work with a small selection and get rid of the rest of your file. All right! So there you have the Copy, Cut, Paste, and Cropping commands in Audition.

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Audition CS6 Essential Training

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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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