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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.
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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