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In Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack demonstrates how to record, edit, optimize, and enhance audio using the professional tools in Adobe Soundbooth CS5. This course covers basic audio edits, such as trimming, fading, and panning clips, removing unwanted noise, enhancing audio with special effects, and creating stereo blends from multiple tracks. An overview of recording hardware and a detailed explanation of core audio concepts are included as well. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, I want to talk about how to apply and adjust Standard Effects. I explained how to do Advanced Effects in a different movie, and I talk about Specific Effects in a whole different chapter. So, I want to just talk about the general process of about how do you apply Standard Effects? So here, I have got this little Declaration of Independence thing I've been working on. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) I want to apply a couple of effects to this. So, I go down to the Effects panel by clicking on that tab. Click on the fx button. I am going to start by adding a Delay, which is basically an Echo, and here is the Default Setting.
I am not going to adjust the Preset just yet. And here's the Default Setting. And we'll see what that sounds like. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) It's a distinct echo, one echo, basically. If I click on Settings, that allows me to adjust how much of the echo I want to hear versus how much of the original audio I want to hear. It's called Dry versus Wet, for those folks who would like to have audio terms. The Wet is the full application of the Delay and Dry is the original, so here is the original, if I go back to the original, (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) with no echo. Here is entirely wet, 100% wet, (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evi) and then usually, if you want it to just have a little subtle application, you can take it down to something like 8%, or something like that. We'll see what that sounds like.
(Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) It sounds like I'm standing outside in some big field some place, speaking to thousands of people. Let me apply a different effect here. I am going to Chorus/Flanger. Now this one allows you to make this kind of strange metallic sound, or you can apply some number of individuals. Now if I am going to take one of the Presets here and make a Chorus out of it - so let me close this guy first of all and, go down here and select, let's say, Heavy Chorus-Aggressive. Now I think what that means is it's going to sound like there is more than one voice.
Let's just try that, because again, if you are not totally sure what these guys mean, you've really got to try them out. So, let me try that. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) So, we've got the Analog Delay and the Chorus/Flanger. Let's just hear just the Chorus/Flanger, by turning off the Power button on that one. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) So, you can hear those double voices there. If I go to Settings, it's set to 100%. I can knock that down if I want to. Not too dramatic. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be) I can change the preset to something else. Let's say it'll be, instead of a Chorus, let's do something very strange, like Alien Attack Flanger.
(Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) Whoa! Totally cool. So, now we are going to apply that with the Analog Delay. What I am going to do is I am going to turn these little power buttons on and off as we listen, which lets you preview these effects. Here we go. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,) (Male Speaker: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these) Too strange. But that gives you a sense of how this all works, that you are can apply effects, you can test them out and turn them on and off as you are testing them.
But you know, actually, when you apply effects, the order counts, so one is applied before the other. So, I am going to delete Analog Delay by clicking it and pressing the Garbage Can. Now Chorus/Flanger is the only one applied. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self) Let me change it to some other Preset. We'll call it Metallic Vibrato-Aggressive, and see what that sounds like. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) All right. Now I am going to apply the Analog Delay, so it will be a different order. Let's see how that sounds. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) So, the metallic thing goes first, and then the echo is applied after that.
(Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident) Let me turn this guy off. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,) (Male Speaker: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain) Okay. Let me try one more effect, that when I click the Settings here, there are always just some amount, from 0 to 100. But one effect does not have that Settings in terms of the Standard Effect. Let me turn these guys off and apply the Vocal Enhancer. Vocal Enhancer, when you select that, it's turned off, I think, by default. Take a look there.
It's off. Nothing happens. (Male Speaker: truths to be self-evident) What it really is intended to do is enhance a male voice, or a female voice, or enhance music. It sort of expands the dynamics in the range of a female, or a male, or music to give it a little more punch. So, I am going to enhance the male version and see how my voice sounds here. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.) So, I'll try that again. I'll turn the Power button on and off and see how that sounds. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,) (Male Speaker: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.) It's kind of a cool thing to give the male voice just a little bit more punch.
You can use the Vocal Enhancer for that, or for female voices too, obviously. So here, you have got three effects. We've adjusted them in terms of on or off. We've adjusted the settings here in the standard side, in terms of sliding the sliders one way or the other. And that is basically how you can apply effects using the Standard Settings, and using the Presets, and knowing that order counts.
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