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Applying and adjusting standard effects


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Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Applying and adjusting standard effects

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.
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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. What is Soundbooth CS5?
      2m 30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 18m 4s
    1. Taking a look at basic sound waves
      3m 53s
    2. Taking a look at complex sound waves
      6m 43s
    3. Understanding digital audio concepts
      7m 28s
  3. 14m 45s
    1. Understanding the workflow
      5m 35s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 44s
    3. Customizing the workspace
      5m 26s
  4. 13m 11s
    1. Opening and importing files
      3m 59s
    2. Setting up recording hardware
      2m 35s
    3. Recording vocals and instruments
      6m 37s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Playing and monitoring audio
      5m 10s
    2. Viewing audio waveforms and spectral displays
      6m 24s
    3. Selecting audio
      9m 14s
    4. Trimming and deleting audio
      3m 59s
    5. Copying, cutting, and pasting audio and inserting silence
      7m 55s
    6. Adjusting volume
      11m 21s
    7. Using specialized volume techniques
      6m 54s
    8. Creating and using loops
      4m 42s
    9. Stretching time and shifting pitch
      5m 14s
    10. Working with video files
      2m 22s
  6. 26m 50s
    1. Identifying noises: Hums, hisses, clicks, and pops
      5m 45s
    2. Removing background noise: Audio tape hiss
      7m 55s
    3. Removing vinyl record clicks and pops
      3m 57s
    4. Removing individual sounds
      9m 13s
  7. 13m 27s
    1. Previewing Soundbooth effects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying and adjusting standard effects
      4m 58s
    3. Applying and customizing advanced effects
      2m 57s
  8. 48m 25s
    1. Applying reverb and echo: Analog Delay and Convolution Reverb
      8m 46s
    2. Using delay-based effects: Chorus/Flanger and Phaser
      6m 8s
    3. Understanding sound-level effects: Compressor and Dynamics
      7m 0s
    4. Applying equalization effects: Graphic and Parametric
      11m 14s
    5. Exploring other special effects: Distortion and Vocal Enhancer
      7m 58s
    6. Setting the all-in-one effect: Mastering
      7m 19s
  9. 46m 42s
    1. Understanding multitrack concepts
      1m 16s
    2. Building a multitrack file
      7m 5s
    3. Adjusting track and clip volume and panning
      8m 54s
    4. Adding effects to individual tracks
      7m 38s
    5. Using Soundbooth sound effects in your multitrack file
      6m 38s
    6. Using three multitrack editing techniques: Duplicating, splitting, and cross-fading
      6m 15s
    7. Working with video in multitrack
      2m 49s
    8. Using professional production studio mixing techniques
      6m 7s
  10. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding how scores work
      3m 30s
    2. Previewing, downloading, and inserting scores into multitrack files
      4m 45s
    3. Adjusting score duration, intensity and parts
      8m 58s
  11. 10m 42s
    1. Dynamically linking to Premiere Pro and After Effects projects
      4m 31s
    2. Turning spoken dialogue into searchable metadata
      6m 11s
  12. 21m 42s
    1. Saving snapshots
      6m 23s
    2. Saving entire files or selected ranges
      11m 59s
    3. Saving and mixing down multitrack files
      3m 20s
  13. 10s
    1. Goodbye
      10s

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Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training
4h 59m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up recording hardware
  • Recording vocals and instruments
  • Viewing audio waveforms and spectral frequency displays
  • Copying, cutting and pasting audio
  • Stretching time and shifting pitch
  • Looping tracks
  • Identifying and removing noise
  • Enhancing audio with Soundbooth effects
  • Mixing audio in multitrack mode
  • Customizing prebuilt scores
  • Working with Soundbooth files in Premiere Pro projects
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video Audio for Video Post Production
Software:
Soundbooth
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Applying and adjusting standard effects

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.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training.


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Q: After making a recording using Soundbooth CS5, I’ve discovered the stereo channels are reversed- left is right and right is left. I can’t seem to figure out how to swap them in Soundbooth. How can I adjust channels?
Also, is there a more advanced audio software that might be better for working with recorded audio than Soundbooth CS5?
A: To swap channels in Soundbooth, right-click on the file in the
Files panel, choose Insert Channels Into New Multitrack File. That will
create a multitrack sessions with the two channels on separate mono
tracks. Pan them left and right to create the swapped channels and then
choose Export > Multitrack Mixdown.

A more advanced audio recording, editing and mixing product is Adobe
Audition. The current version 3 is for Windows only. Check out the Audition 3 Essential Training in the Online Training Library.
 
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