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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.
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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