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Using special effects

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Among Audition's built-in effects, you'll find a category called Special, and these are special effects that can be used for any number of results, and you'll find that you can use them subtly or heavy-handed depending on what you're going for. I just want to show you a couple of examples here. I've opened up this file called Dynamic Guitar Chords, and it's just a simple looping pattern. (music playing) So this is an acoustic guitar, but maybe for my project, I need it to be an electric guitar.

Using special effects

Among Audition's built-in effects, you'll find a category called Special, and these are special effects that can be used for any number of results, and you'll find that you can use them subtly or heavy-handed depending on what you're going for. I just want to show you a couple of examples here. I've opened up this file called Dynamic Guitar Chords, and it's just a simple looping pattern. (music playing) So this is an acoustic guitar, but maybe for my project, I need it to be an electric guitar.

Now ideally you would be able to go back and re-record the guitars playing an electric guitar. But if that's not a viable solution, you can use some of the Audition's effects to try and turn it into an electric guitar. In fact, if I go to Effects > Special, you'll see that there's actually a Guitar Suite here. Here I can select settings for Compression, Distortion, there's a filter and even an amp modeler. And there are some presets I can choose from to get started. Now the default setting is going to sound a little harsh, so adjust your headphones and speakers accordingly. But I'll go ahead and play this now.

(music playing) So that changed the sound pretty drastically. Depending on the preset you choose, you'll see that some of the modules are turned on or off. In this case, the Big And Dumb preset has turned everything on, but the Filter module which you can see, is still being bypassed. But you're free to use any of these presets as a starting point and then make your own adjustments from there. For example, this had a little bit too much distortion for my taste so I drag the Amount slider down under Distortion.

There's also a bunch of built-in amps. Maybe I'll switch this to Classic British Stack, and I'll play that. (music playing) This Mix slider lets me determine how much of these effects are applied to the file. (music playing) You can see I drag it down to 0. (music playing) I kind of like how it sits there. And once I'm satisfied with the sound, I can apply it, or I can even save my setting as a preset just like with the other effects we've seen.

I'm just going to cancel for now by clicking Close. And I also find an effect under Special called Distortion. Let me open a file with somebody talking here. I'm going to open up maya_intro_raw, and you remember it's just the intro to one of our Maya courses. (male speaker: Hi, I'm George Maestri, and welcome to character rigging in Maya.) All right! So I'm going to go to Effects > Special > Distortion, and here we have a Positive and Negative graph. Basically, the way this works is that anything you draw in the Positive graph by drawing nodes and dragging them around affects the top half of the waveform, basically anything above the center line.

Anything you draw in the Negative graph affects everything below the center line. And you might use an effect like this to simulate a blown-out speaker or a recording that was recorded way too loudly. (male speaker: In this course, we're gonna look at Maya's character rigging tools as well as how to use those tools to create your own rig. We're gonna start off with a basic introduction of rigging theory, and then we're--) I think it kind of sounds like a radio station that hasn't been quite properly tuned in. And of course, you have some presets you can choose from. I'm not going to select any of them here because most of them really increase the gain of the audio, and I don't even have to mess with the volume of your speakers or headphones anymore right now.

But feel free to check them out yourself. Let's look at one more. I'm going to go to Effects > Special > Vocal Enhancer, and this is a very simple filter. All it does is attempts to bring out the vocals more in your recording. You only have three choices here. You can select whether the voice is Male, Female, or you can specify that it's a Music and you want to try to enhance the vocals a bit more in a music recording. This can be a quick way to make a vocal pop a little bit more without having to get into the graphic equalizer. Just open this effect, choose one of the options.

It doesn't really matter whether you use these radio buttons or if you use the presets up here, they all do the same thing. And then see if it makes a difference to your recording. (male speaker: --dive into Maya's skeleton tools. We'll understand how to use the joint tool as well as how to create a skeleton for--) I think it actually does help his voice here. But if you don't hear much of a difference, you can always just close out of this, and you'll probably have to try some of the other tools like a graphic EQ. Okay, so that's a look at a couple of the special effects in Audition.

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Audition CS6 Essential Training

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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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