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Extracting audio from a CD

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Video: Extracting audio from a CD

In this movie, I'll show you how to extract audio from an audio CD, because there may be times when you want to grab a song or some other track like a sound effect that's stored on the CD. And I'm talking here about audio CDs that are played in standard CD players, not a data CD containing music files like MP3 or the like. If you have a data CD containing audio files, you can just copy those files directly off the disc onto your computer and then open them on Audition. So to extract audio from an audio CD, make sure the CD is in your computer's optical drive and then choose File > Extract Audio from CD.

Extracting audio from a CD

In this movie, I'll show you how to extract audio from an audio CD, because there may be times when you want to grab a song or some other track like a sound effect that's stored on the CD. And I'm talking here about audio CDs that are played in standard CD players, not a data CD containing music files like MP3 or the like. If you have a data CD containing audio files, you can just copy those files directly off the disc onto your computer and then open them on Audition. So to extract audio from an audio CD, make sure the CD is in your computer's optical drive and then choose File > Extract Audio from CD.

This then displays all the tracks on the CD, and they're all checked by default. Note also that if you have more than one optical drive connected to your computer, you can select among them from this menu here. So if you don't see your tracks, you may want to check another drive. I only have the one in this case. Below that is how fast you want your drive to rip the CD contents, and you can choose whichever speeds your drive is capable of. Generally, though, if the audio quality is of critical importance, you should probably select 1x, which gives you the best chance of getting the best rip of the audio, because that's going to do it in real time.

But if you're in a hurry, or you just need to rip a couple of songs, your tracks from the CD to turn into MP3s or something, you can most likely stick with the maximum speed. If you have a live Internet connection, Audition will also go online to the CD database servers and try to identify the CD. So in this case, it's correctly identified the artists, album, genre, and the year of release for this particular CD--and also list of track names down here as well. And that can make it much easier to identify the songs if you're only looking to grab a couple of the tracks. You can also Click the Play button next to any one of these tracks to make sure it's the one you want to play. (music playing) Then just decide which tracks you want. Any checked tracks will be extracted.

You can Toggle All the checks on and off, so if you only want one or two tracks, you don't have to spend your time unchecking everything else. So I can say Toggle All and then just Click the three that I want. Incidentally, you can sort the tracks by Clicking the headers of the columns here, which might be useful if you have a CD with hundreds of sound effects and you're trying to find tracks that are only around, say, 10 seconds of length. In that case, you can Click the Duration Heading, and Clicking any header the second time will reverse the order. I'll just go back to Sorting by Track. So once you have selected the songs you want to extract, you can Click Okay, and Audition tells me it's extracting the audio from my CD.

I chose the maximum speed, so in this case, it's only going to take a couple of seconds for the songs I selected. You can actually see the progress of each track up here. So there's the first song, let's bring in the next song now. In the meantime, I can actually start playing the track if I want to listen. (music playing) I'll expand the Files panel so I can see all of my tracks as they're coming in. And now my selected tracks have been added to my Files panel.

As always, I can double-click on any one to open it in the Files panel to play it. (music playing) Or if you recall, we could turn on Auto-Play if I just wanted to sample some of these quickly. (music playing) I'll just turn that back off. Now, at this point, the extracted files only exist in a Temporary Folder created by Audition. If you want to keep the files on your computer, you have to save them.

I can tell they need to be saved because each one has an asterisk next to its name. You can either select them individually and choose file Save or just choose Save All, and I'll just Browse to save this to my Desktop. I can choose the format--I'll just keep them as a WAV, and I'll just keep all the other settings here as they are. Click Okay. Each one is already going be saved to the Desktop, so I just have to do this for each one.

And if I just Hide Audition for a moment, I see they've been saved to my Desktop. And with them saved, I can now open them in Audition again at any time. So that's how to extract the audio from CDs.

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Audition CS6 Essential Training

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Garrick Chow
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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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