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Working with time and pitch effects


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Audition CS6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Working with time and pitch effects

New to Audition CS6 is an effect called Automatic Pitch Correction, known in some circles as Autotune, which can help finesse a slightly off-key recording back into tune. Now you hear a lot about Autotune these days usually from people complaining about how much it's overused in pop music to the point where the singing doesn't sound natural anymore. My personal take is that it's best when used subtly, which requires getting as on-key a recording of a singer as possible which you can then just slightly tweak to bring it a little bit more into tune. I've got this Say Yes LV Only file open right now. This is an isolated vocal track. Let's give it a listen.
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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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Audition CS6 Essential Training
4h 40m Beginner May 06, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the interface
  • Setting up inputs and outputs
  • Importing audio and video
  • Understanding audio terminology, such as frequency and amplitude
  • Adjusting clips in the Waveform Editor
  • Cleaning and repairing audio
  • Applying effects
  • Working with tracks in the Multitrack Editor and Mixer panel
  • Editing the soundtrack of video
  • Performing surround mixing
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Video Audio for Video Music Editing Post Production
Software:
Audition
Author:
Garrick Chow

Working with time and pitch effects

New to Audition CS6 is an effect called Automatic Pitch Correction, known in some circles as Autotune, which can help finesse a slightly off-key recording back into tune. Now you hear a lot about Autotune these days usually from people complaining about how much it's overused in pop music to the point where the singing doesn't sound natural anymore. My personal take is that it's best when used subtly, which requires getting as on-key a recording of a singer as possible which you can then just slightly tweak to bring it a little bit more into tune. I've got this Say Yes LV Only file open right now. This is an isolated vocal track. Let's give it a listen.

(music playing) So that's really pretty good. Nothing that can really be classified as being really out of tune or off-key.

But there are a handful of notes that we could certainly nudge around a little bit. For example, in this phrase here, listen to the word arms. (female singing: So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight.) And to me that word just sounds maybe just a little tiny bit sharp. Certainly not completely off-key, but it could be nudged down a little bit. (female singing: So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight.) So with that phrase selected, I'm going to go to Effects > Time and Pitch and choose Automatic Pitch Correction.

Now in order to properly use this Effect, you ideally should know the key of the song it's in. Notice we can choose a key and select whether it's major or minor. This gives the tool a better idea of which notes the singer might be trying to hit as it'll adjust to the nearest note in the key you select. There's also the option of choosing a Chromatic scale which leaves all notes available but might produce undesirable results. Now I happen to know this song is in the B major, so I'm going to choose that. Now I'm going to leave the current settings and I'm going to toggle the Preview on and off and you should be able to hear a subtle difference in the tuning of my selection, especially in the word arms. Let's listen.

(female singing: So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight. So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight. So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight.) So to my ears that sounds a little bit better. Again, it's very subtle, but I think that's how this tool should be used most of the time. Now just to show you how important it is to know the key of the song, if I switch this to say C minor, notice what happens. (female singing: So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight.) So even without the backing music, we can tell this is really wrong.

I'm going to switch that back to B major. Now you can tweak the effect by adjusting the Attack and Sensitivity sliders too. The Attack determines how quickly the pitch will be corrected. Generally, the faster you set it, the less natural it's going to sound, but if you set the Attack too slow, there might not be enough time to correct the pitch before it's over. So you want to start with the default and maybe drag to the right a little bit if necessary. The Sensitivity slider is used to specify how off-key a note has to be before it's corrected. If you drag this all the way to the left, almost nothing will be corrected, and dragging to the right will increase the sensitivity.

Notice when I play the track and drag the Sensitivity slider to the right you'll see that more correction is being applied over here in the Correction meter. The more red you see, the more correction it's using. Basically, you just want to find the place that sits best to your ears without sounding artificial. (female singing: --your mind and in your arms tonight. So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight. So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight.) So keeping me on your mind and in your arms tonight.) I think that sounds good right about there.

When you're happy with your result, you can click Apply, or if you're using this in the Effects Rack, which again you really should, you can just close the Effect window. Okay, so that's how you use the new Automatic Pitch Correction effect in Audition CS6.

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