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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.
You most likely want to always be working with pre-existing audio files or importing files you created in other applications into Audition. Depending on the type of work you do, you may frequently create your audio files in Audition itself. Audition is a great tool for direct recording, whether you're doing voiceovers, performing music, or just about any other project that requires you to get audio into Audition from a live source. Now, Audition receives audio from whichever device you have selected under Preferences, which as you may recall, we looked at in the first chapter. Just as a quick review, go to Audition > Preferences--or if you're on Windows, Edit > Preferences--and choose Audio Hardware.
And again, this is where you choose your Device Class and your default Input and Output Devices. So maybe you have a USB Microphone that you want to record with, in which case you'd select it from default Input menu. Or maybe you have a guitar connected to a mixer which is plugged into your computer sound card, in which case you'd select your sound card's line in. Whatever the case, just make sure you select the device you want to record with from the default Input menu. If you don't see the default Input and Output Menus, you're probably working with an ASIO device on Windows, in which case you'll see a Settings button which will open your User Preferences to your sound card which then will be able to use the selector Input Device.
For this example, I'm going to stick with my built-in line input. The microphone I'm currently speaking to you with is connected to a mixer that's outputting audio into Mac's Line-in. So I will just Click Okay to close Preferences. And the actual recording part is pretty simple. I could either choose File > New > Audio file to create a New Single Track file, or I can just Click the Record button down here at the bottom of the Editor, which does the same thing, and it's just going to prompt me to give my recording a name. Let's call this "First Recording." I'm going to leave the rest of these settings at their default, the Sample Rate, Channels, and the Bit Depth.
We'll be talking about these settings more in the next chapter on Terminology. So I'll Click OK, and now it's actually recording as I'm speaking. I just press the spacebar to stop it. Now in this case, I wasn't ready to start recording, but let's hear what we have anyway. (video playing) Click OK, and now it's actually recording as I'm speaking. So you can see it immediately captured what was coming through my microphone. If I don't what any of that, I can just choose Edit > Select > Select All, or I press Command+A or Ctrl+A, and just hit the Delete key on my keyboard to delete it.
Now that I'm actually ready to record, I can get my Mouse button over the Record button, and when I'm ready, I'll Click it and speak. (male speaker: Adobe Audition CS6 is a fantastic tool for complete audio recording and editing projects.) And I just pressed the Stop button when I was ready to stop recording, and that's pretty much how you make a recording in Audition. It's really that simple. Again, to listen to my recording, I can just bring my playhead back to the beginning. I'm just going to Click somewhere in here to deselect, and then I'll press the spacebar to Play.
(male speaker: Adobe Audition CS6 is a fantastic tool for complete audio recording and editing projects.) Now if you want to add to your recording, you can either place the playhead at the end, or wherever you want, to start recording again and then just Click Record Again. You can also do what's called Punching In, which is when you let your file play back and then press the Record button at the moment where you want to jump in and add the recording. You'll often see this done when recording music, maybe the guitarist was playing a solo and didn't quite get the last half of the solo correct. You can roll the recording back, start playing it back so the guitarist can play along with it, and at the moment you want to start rerecording again, you just hit the Record button.
And hopefully it will sound like one continuous guitar solo. But, for example, I will just add a little to the end of the recording, and I do it live by rolling this back, and when the playhead reaches the end, I'll press Record to continue adding to this recoding. (male speaker: Adobe Audition CS6 is a fantastic tool for complete audio recording and editing projects.) It's also extremely useful to clean up noise and other unwanted sounds from your audio files. So you can see there, it selected the part I just added. It recorded over what was originally there, which is basically just emptiness.
But now I have what seems like one continuous take. (male speaker: Adobe Audition CS6 is a fantastic tool for complete audio recording and editing projects. It's also extremely useful to clean up noise and other unwanted sounds from your audio files.) And you will probably find it useful to learn the keyboard commands for playing, stopping, and recording. As you have probably heard me using it, the spacebar starts and stops playback, and you can start and stop recording with Shift+space. Let me just see that command pop-up here, and you'll find that much easier and faster to work with these commands instead of Clicking the buttons down here in the Playback controls.
And notice, I have these Asterisk next to my recording's name in the files panel, which again, indicates to me that I haven't saved this file yet. So if I'm happy with this recording I made, I want to make sure I choose Save. Asking me to save it into a location. I'm going to leave all these settings the way they are and just Click OK. Now there are definitely some things we could do to tidy up this recording, like maybe trimming the beginning and the end, maybe getting rid of some of this gap in the middle, and maybe even running it through some effects. But we'll take a look at how you do those sorts of things later in the chapter on working in the Editor.
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