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Recording audio

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Video: Recording audio

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.

Recording audio

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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  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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