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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.
As we discussed in the previous chapter, sometimes you want your mixes to be dynamic. Just because the track starts out panned to the left, doesn't mean you don't want it to travel to the right at some point during playback, or maybe you want the volume level to change its specific points. If you watched the earlier movies on using Automation, you saw that it's easy to accomplish time-based moves like this with the volume and pan envelopes on each clip or track. And again on the clips, these are represented by the horizontal lines running across the clips. When you're working in a surround mix, you get additional pan envelopes to work with, since you're not just working with left and right channels.
To automate surround panning, toggle the arrow on the track you want to adjust, so we can see the Show Envelope menu. And because I'm working on the surround mix, I have 5 different Pan Properties I can adjust simultaneously. Just select the ones you want to have Pan Envelopes for. We've got Pan Angle, Radius, Center, LFE, which again is the subwoofer channel, and the Stereo Spread. Let us select Angle for this example. Again, the Angle determines where in the surround field the sound appears to originate from. That places this blue line here for me, you can see its pan angle, and it works the same way we saw the regular volume and pan envelopes work.
You just drag the line up or down to affect the entire track, or you can click to Add keyframes and drag them up and down. I'll do a couple of extreme examples here so you can see what's going on. And if I play this now, you'll see the Track Panner over here move on its own following the keyframes that I put down. (audio playing) And you should be able to hear the difference too.
You can see the little indicator here moving as well... (audio playing) So it's very easy to automate these Pan moves. I'm going to go ahead and clear those keyframes, and as with the other envelopes, you can go to Right, Left, or Touch mode to have Audition record your moves as the track plays. So for instance, if I switch to Right and I play my track. (audio playing) It started adjusting the angle here.
(audio playing) I'll stop, and you can see that it's written all those keyframes into that section. (audio playing) So working with Pan Envelopes in a Surround setting is the same as working with the Volume and Pan Envelopes in a Stereo mix, you just have more directions you can move in here.
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