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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.
I'm going to continue working with the Podcast Episode 1 Multitrack Session I created previously, and I've also copied the folder music from my exercise files folder on to my Desktop, so if you're going to follow along with me, you should do the same. So once you have got the basic set-up of your session, you can start recording or importing files right away. Now we're going to be going into these track controls more thoroughly in an upcoming movie, but to record to a track you need to specify the input, basically where the audio is coming from. This menu with the right pointing arrow here is the Input menu. Now if you don't see this, make sure you have Inputs/Outputs selected up here.
I'm going to Stereo default to go with the hardware set-up we set up in Preferences a couple of chapters ago. Now depending on which template you chose when you created your session, or if didn't choose a template at all, you may not have to do this. Your tracks may already be set up with the proper input. I chose the Podcast Template which didn't give me a default input, so I have to select one before I can record. But whichever the case, you will need to click the R button to record enable the track. Having to do this prevents you from accidentally recording over other tracks. When it's on for recording, you can see the level meter starts moving when I speak.
Now if you're using a set-up where you need to be able to hear what you're recording through your speakers, or more ideally headphones, you can click the I button. This routes the audio you're recording into your default output device, so you can monitor what's being recorded to this track. I'm going to leave that alone for now because the way I have things wired to record this movie you're watching would cause a bunch of feedback if I turn the monitor on. All right, so now to record live, I just click the Record button down here, or I can use the keyboard command of Shift+spacebar. So my playhead is set at the beginning where I want to start the recording, and I'll record a little audio now.
"Hello and welcome to GC Book Reviews, bringing you the best in books every week. Today we've got to look at a new thriller that jumped to the top of the Bestseller list, as well as news from the world of eBooks. We've got a lot in store for this half hour, let's get started." And Shift+space again to stop recording. Notice the playhead continues to move though, so I do have to stop that. So there is my first recording. I'm going to disable the Record button here so I don't accidentally record on to that track. Now if I did want to continue recording on that same track, I would re-enable the recording, place the playhead where I want to start, and then record my next clip.
But basically you just repeat this process for each track you want to record on, just by going to the track, picking an Input, again, I could choose Stereo > Default and then enabling that track. Now as far as importing existing audio goes, you can just bring in audio files the same way as always. So again, if I look at on my Desktop, I've got this music folder, and in here I have a file called SayYes_clip.mp3. I'm going to drag that into my Files panel. Now, if I double-click that track, I'm going to open it in the Waveform Editor, but that's not what I want to do here.
I'm going to double-click my session again to go back to it, and to add that audio track, I simply drag the file from the Files panel into the track I want to add it to, in this case the Music Bed Track. The yellow bar that appears shows you where the track will be dropped. Now if you want the audio to start at the very beginning of the session, just drag it on top of the controls, and there it is. So now I have two tracks in my Multitrack Session. Let's play this song and listen. (audio playing) Now there are a couple of issues here.
First of all, the music is louder than my voice and it probably doesn't sound so great for my voice to come in at the same time as the music. I'm just going to zoom in a little bit here. But I can easily fix that by dragging my voice over to the right a little bit, so it comes in a little bit later. Now we still have an issue where the music cuts off kind of abruptly. Let me play the end of this for you. (audio playing) That one just kind of stops there because that's the way this clip was set up. Now if you look inside the audio clips, you'll see that we have the same fade handles that we saw earlier when we were working in the Waveform Editor.
So I can drag this right one in to create a Fade. Remember, you can drag it vertically to control the speed of the fade. I'm going to drag down to increase the fade speed a little bit. (audio playing) Now if this were a really long file, like if I had dragged in an entire 3-minute song here, that would be a really long fade. Now in those cases, you can trim the clip simply by placing your cursor over either the left or right end of the clips to get this little bracket cursor and then just drag in.
Now that doesn't damage your file at all, you're just telling Audition that that's all of the clip you want to use. It does affect my fade a little bit, so I'm just going to drag that in a little bit more, maybe move this over a little bit more. So I'm done talking before the music runs out. Now I can see that there are a couple of little clicks here on the either end of my voiceover. I'm going to solo my track so I hear just this track. (audio playing) So I heard that little click there. (audio playing) And at the end as well.
So, again I can just trim these tracks to get rid of those extraneous sounds at the beginning and end. (audio playing) I may even want to zoom in a little bit more and add just a little bit of a fade. (audio playing) Sounds a lot better to me and I might do the same thing at the end, just a little bit. (audio playing) So that's a lot cleaner to me. And again, I'm not damaging the audio file here, I'm just making these changes within the Multitrack Session.
And of course, since the music is so loud, I should probably reduce its volume as well. I do this with the Volume Control right here. And I can adjust that while I'm listening. (male speaker: Hello and welcome to GC Book Reviews, bringing you the best in books every week. Today we've got a look at a new thriller that jumped to the top of the bestseller lists as well as news from the world of ebooks. We've got a lot in store for this half hour. Let's get started.) Now, one problem here is that this volume for this clip is going to be the same all the way through. But that might actually make it too quiet for the opening, where I'm not speaking at all. (audio playing) Ideally, what I'd like to have it do is have the music start at full volume and then dip down or duck when I start speaking.
Now I'm going to talk about how to do that a little bit later at the end of this chapter. But for now, that's how you get sound into your Multitrack Session either by recording it directly into the session or importing it. Now I want to again point out that importing music stays in its original location. This music clip file is the same one that's still sitting out on my Desktop. If I were to accidentally delete that file or even just move it to another location, my clip would go missing here in this Multitrack Session. I'll show you how to deal with that in just a moment. Let me just hide Audition for a moment. Now, files that you record into your Multitrack Session get placed into a folder alongside your Session file.
So here's my Session file that I created in the previous movie--and notice, Audition has created this Podcast Episode 1_Recorded folder. If I look in there, there's Host_001.wav, and there's the peak file it creates for all the audio files you work with. Now it gets the name of this file from the name of the track, Host. Back in Audition, you can see this is the Host track. It's Host_001 because this was my first take on this track, and it created this file right here. A shortcut to jump to see the actual file itself is to right-click on the file and here I can choose Reveal in Finder.
If you're on the Windows it's Reveal in Explorer. And you can see that takes me right to the folder of the file that's residing in. Here on the Mac, I can Command-click the Title Bar of Window to see where it is located, and again, it's on my Desktop inside the Podcast Episode 1 folder, inside the Podcast Episode 1_Recorded folder. On Windows you'll see the folder paths right across the top of the window. So Audition does keep the audio you record directly into a Multitrack Session organized with the Session file itself. Now let's go back to this SayYes clip that I dragged in. Again, I'm going to Reveal this in the Finder or Reveal in Explorer, and you can see it's still sitting here in the music folder on my Desktop.
Let's Quit Audition for moment and make sure I Save my session. So again, this song clip I'm using in my session is sitting here in a folder called music on my desktop. I'm going to drag that out of this folder and just place it on the Desktop. Let's reopen Audition and I'll reopen my Recent Session. So now I'm getting this alert that one of my files can't be found. So I have either got to Quit Audition, move my song back to where it belongs and then reopen Audition, or if you really did need to move the file--maybe you're doing some reorganization and you know where the file is, you can click the Link Media button to browse to the file and let Audition know where it's now located, like I could actually just select it here.
I'm just going to Cancel that for now. I'm not going to tell Audition where that is, but I'm going to click OK anyway. So this is what it looks like in the Multitrack Editor when Audition can't find a clip. Notice it says this clip is offline. Now its position, its size and its fade are still correct, because that information has kept in the Session file. But if I play this, I don't hear the music. (audio playing) Now I do have another opportunity to re-link this file to its new location by right-clicking and choosing Link Media, and then I can find the file from here.
But in this case, I'm just going to Quit Audition again, and I'll put my file back where it belongs, and then I'll reopen the session, this time I'll just open the Session file to pop up in Audition, and now everything is back the way it should be. (audio playing) So make sure you're not moving your files around once you have used them in a session unless you really need to.
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