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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.
You have probably cut text from a document in a word processor and then pasted that text into a different document. Well, you can do something like that to audio in Soundbooth, and I am going to show you several examples in this movie. We will start out with the Declaration of Independence, which I recorded in four takes, the beginning, and four different paragraphs, basically. And here is the very beginning. (Male Speaker: In Congress, July 4th, 1776. The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America,) So, I want to take the second part of this, actually the preamble, and put that right there.
So, the second part is here. (Male Speaker: when, in the course of human events) So, I am going to select this section, starting right there, and go all the way to the end. Let me just check where the end is here. So, this other stuff is extraneous stuff. So, I am going to select from here to there. I am going to copy this, just as if I were copying text from a Word document, for example. So I am going to go to Edit > Copy. The keyboard shortcut for this is Ctrl+C in Windows, or Command+C on a Mac to copy. That puts this in the clipboard, the sort of virtual storage space in your computer.
I am going to go back to the Declaration-1, and I want to put it right there, right where it ends. I will just have it end. So, I want to put it right there. So, wherever the Current Time Indicator is, that's where we will paste the little clip. So, I am going to go to Edit > Paste, and again, the keyboard shortcut, if you are familiar with this kind of stuff, is Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac. So now, we have inserted this section right ahead of that little point. So, now let's hear how that goes. Let me just open this up a bit. (Male Speaker: America, when, in the course of human) So, that's the next section.
Now, you might notice that the audio is a little bit louder there and we will talk about equalizing audio in another tutorial. Let's just go to the end of this one now. (Male Speaker: Separation) Now, you can hear that's some extraneous stuff at the end, which I left on, but now we are going to cover that up. I am going to smooth this over a bit. (Male Speaker: Separation) Right there is where that extraneous stuff comes, so I am going to replace that with the third take. (Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident.) Jeff: Very famous passage. Select that, Let me make sure I've got the proper end.
(Male Speaker: And the pursuit of happiness.) I will select this part. I am going to copy this by pressing Ctrl+C here on the Windows and Command+C on the Mac. Now we have copied that into the Clipboard. Go back to the first one. You notice the first one has an asterisk next to it. The asterisk indicates that you have changed it and will then need to save it if you want to show the difference. So, we will double-click on that to reopen that in the Editor panel. And now I want to actually get rid of this stuff at the end. So, I am going to select it. This time when I Paste, it will cover that up. So, I am going to go Edit > Paste or I could have pressed Ctrl+V. Now it actually gets rid of all that stuff. Notice it's gone and replaced with this new thing here.
(Male Speaker: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are -) And I could have now pasted on the fourth part, but you can see how we have taken one clip that we started with, copied and pasted the second clip, the portion that we liked, onto the end of the first one, and again, with the third one, covering up something we didn't want. So, that's basically how you can copy and paste from one file onto another. Let me show you another thing you can do. You can copy and paste within a clip. Let me go to the Constitution preamble. (Male Speaker: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice,) Let me just kind of do something wacky here and just kind of copy 'establish justice' and then actually add that to the same clip a couple of times.
So, I will go Ctrl+C. Again, that's Command+C on a Mac. Click away. I want to insert it right there. I am going to press my little arrow key to go a little bit to the right. The Right Arrow key moves the Current Time Indicator right and the Left Arrow key moves it left. I am going to go Edit > Paste. Now I have added that, so we have now duplicated that. (Male Speaker, repeating: establish justice) You can do that many times to create something where you repeat the same word over and over again. I will show you how to do that with some other clip. Go to this Thunderstorm clip. It's one thunderclap in the middle of this long bit of rain.
(Rain and rumbling thunder) Now, if I want to take that little bit of thunder and duplicate it, I can just select it, go Ctrl+C or Command+C, move ahead in the clip. Now notice, if I go to the end of this clip, you can see that the clip is 1 minute and 30 long. I am going to insert a little section here and it's going to not cover it up, but it's going to insert it into the clip. I am going to paste it into the clip. Now, we have lengthened the clip. If I go to the end, now you can see that it's 1 minute and 35. I added five seconds. It will be the exact same bit of thunder.
(Rain and rumbling thunder) So after a while, people listening to this might go, 'Wait a minute. I heard that thunder before.' So, you can steal some thunder, as it were, from a different thunderstorm. I will go to that one, and here is some thunder that will sound different, but it's much louder, (louder thunder) which creates some problems, but I will show you how that works. I will copy that here, select it, go Edit > Copy.
Now I will go back to the first thunderstorm. I am going to go Edit > Paste or Ctrl+V, Edit > Paste. Now you will see that it's louder and will sound odd, (rain and rumbling thunder) demonstrably louder and it does sound like it's in the wrong place at the wrong time. We will do it a little differently now. It's still in the Clipboard, so I am going to insert it again, but I am going to do what's called a Mix. I will go Edit > Mix Paste. When I do that, it puts up this little Mix Paste dialog box. I can Preview it.
(Rain) Obviously, it's louder. So, I am going to take the Copied Audio and knock it down a little bit, maybe down to 80%. (Rain) The trouble is you can't really compare it to the previous one, the one you are pasting it onto, that accurately. This is a little bit of a fly in the ointment, but this is kind of a quick way to put two things together like this. We will just Preview again. (Rain) Now I will click OK. You will see that the audio level now is basically down to the same level as before. You can look at the peak and see that it's similar, (Rain) but you can hear an obvious audio difference.
This is where multi-track editing would do this better, but I did want to show you that you can do what's called a Mix Paste. Frequently, you want to insert silence. Let me show you how to do that. I will go back to, let's say, the Constitution here, and right there, it's kind of a pause that might be worthwhile adding there, between those two little phrases. So, I will show you how that works. (Male Speaker: in order to form a) So maybe a pause would be nice there. So, I am going to click there, click the Plus a couple of times to expand the view. I want to insert some silence between the end of that phrase and beginning of that one.
Let's try that again. So, we want a little bit of silence there. So, I am going to position my Current Time Indicator right there. I am going to go to Edit > Insert > Silence. It says, "How much Silence do you want?" Well, I think I want 0.3, let's say, just a little bit of silence. Notice it lengthened your file. Let's hear how that sounds now. (Male Speaker: United States, in Order to form a more) So maybe a more appropriate pause there, so you can always insert Silence. I want to show you one more thing that's kind of one little twist to cutting something from a clip.
If I were to select this and let's say Cut or Delete, it's gone, goes away, and it shortened the clip, and that thing is gone. I will press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to undo that. It actually shortens the length of the clip. But if I were to use a video file instead, I will go track down a video file - If I were to, let's say, cut a part of this video file's audio out by pressing Delete or Cut, notice it does not shorten it, because it would shorten the video clip as well if that were to happen.
So, when you work with a video clip and you Cut or Delete audio from the video clip, you will not shorten the length of the audio, because you do want to make sure that it syncs up to the video later. So just one little anomaly in terms of cutting and copying and pasting audio when you work with video. That's basically how you cut, copy, and paste audio, and also insert silence.
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