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Audition CS6 Essential Training
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Exporting the mix


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Audition CS6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Exporting the mix

Once you're satisfied with your mix, you want to save it as a single file so you can play for others or burn it to a CD or use it as a soundtrack for a video. Whatever the case, you will want to export a single file of your song or project and you do so from the file menu. Here, I choose Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session. The other option here is Time Selection, which if I've made a selection within my mix it would allow me to export just that particular selection. That might be useful if you want to send a guitar solo for the artist to approve or something like that. But in this case, I want to choose to export the entire session.
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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

Exporting the mix

Once you're satisfied with your mix, you want to save it as a single file so you can play for others or burn it to a CD or use it as a soundtrack for a video. Whatever the case, you will want to export a single file of your song or project and you do so from the file menu. Here, I choose Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session. The other option here is Time Selection, which if I've made a selection within my mix it would allow me to export just that particular selection. That might be useful if you want to send a guitar solo for the artist to approve or something like that. But in this case, I want to choose to export the entire session.

That gives me the Export Multitrack Mixdown window. First field is for the file Name, just type whatever you want in this field. I'm going to call this Breakdown_Mode_rough to indicate that this is a rough mix. The file extension will be determined by whatever you have selected in the Format menu here. I'll get to that in just a second. The Location field shows where this file is going to be exported to. Click Browse to choose another location. I'm going to save this to my Desktop. Okay so for the Format, you can choose from many different audio formats here.

If you want to save a high quality uncompressed version of the file, choose either WAV--which is the default--or AIF. Traditionally, AIFs were for Macs and WAVs were for Windows. But since the Mac can read either one these days, I'm going to stick with WAV. Now, if you want to change the Sample Type you can click Change here. But I'm going to leave mine as Same as Source. I'm not going to bother with any conversions in this case. Under Format Settings you see the current settings for the format you selected. Now this is going to change based on what you select as the format, for example, maybe I want to email this mix to a friend.

A WAV file is most likely going to be too large to email. So, maybe I want to switch this to MP3. So now the Format Settings show that this is an MP3 and has a default bit rate of 192 Kb per second at a constant bit rate. You can click Change if you want to alter those settings, and what you see here, it's going to depend on what format you chose. For the MP3 I can choose between a Constant or a Variable bit rate. And then I can make a setting based on that choice above. I'm going to keep it the way it is. And under Mixdown options you have some cool choices.

By default, I'm creating a single file, a mix of the song in its current state. I can also Click Change here and select other sources to export simultaneously. This is a stereo mix, so I'm exporting a Stereo version. I could also check my Mono and 5.1 if I wanted to export a mono mix and a surround mix. I didn't really set up my mix for either of those, so I'm going to keep those unchecked. But what's really cool about this to me is that you can also export individual tracks. Maybe the bass player wants to hear his track isolated on its own. I can scroll down, find bass and check it. Notice that puts a little I icon down here.

That tells me that exporting multiple sources will append the source name to the end of my filename that I've chosen. We'll see what that means in just a second. I'll Click OK. Lastly, I have the option of whether I want to Include any markers or other metadata I've created in the session. I don't really need that in this case. I'll just uncheck that. Markers and metadata don't really take up that much space, but I figure why add it if I don't need it. I'm also going to uncheck Open files after export. With it checked my files would open so I could play them right away, but I want to manually show them to you first. All right, so I'm going to Click OK. Now, how long this takes depends on how long your song is, how many tracks it has and how many files you have chosen to export.

All right, so the export is done. I'm going to hide Audition for a moment so I can look at my desktop, and I have some files here. Here's Breakdown_Mode_rough stereo, so that's the stereo mix of the full song. I can just preview this in the Mac by pressing the spacebar on my keyboard to preview it. (music playing) That's the whole mix. And I also have the Breakdown_Mode_rough_Bass. Notice it appended the word Bass because that's the name of the track. And again if I preview that, just jump ahead a little bit.

(music playing) I'm hearing just a bass track. (music playing) So, really it's very easy to export that final mixdown or individual tracks. But don't confuse this process with what you would do if you want to export the entire session so you can continue to edit it in Audition maybe on a different computer. While you could export all the individual tracks this way, you would lose your session settings, effects, and so on. In the next movie I'll show you how to save the session as a backup or for use on another computer running Audition.

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