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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.
The Soundbooth workspace lends itself to easy customization. You can move panels around, or expand, or shrink panel groups. And if you have a particular layout that suits your purposes, you can save it and come back to it at any time. Let me show you how that works. We've opened up this workspace to these two files here in the Files panel. You don't have to necessarily to do that as well, but I do want to show you how it works when these guys are open. First of all, let's talk about the overall appearance of your workspace in terms of brightness and colors. I am going to select an area of this file, because the selection is actually one other things you can change.
So, I am just going to drag this here and select that part of the file, and let's talk about selecting things like this in other videos. Let me just show you how it works here in terms of Preferences. I want to go to Edit>Preferences> Appearance, and if you're on a Mac that would Soundbooth>Preferences>Appearance. That opens up this dialog box. First of all, we can adjust the overall Brightness. Now if you're working in a production studio environment, which is usually kind of dark, the last thing you want to do is have a really bright interface, but I'll show you that you can make it bright. So, if you're working in a well lit room, maybe my one haven't brightened like that, but if you're working in a production studio, you probably want a dark like this, but we'll just set the default for now.
That's where we're working throughout this tutorial process. You can change some colors as well as you're working with these waveforms. I mean waveforms don't have to be green. You can just click on that button and change them to whatever color that suits you. I'll cancel out of that. You can also have the background be different than black, if we cared to have it be different than black. This Selection that's white here, we can change the Selection to different color if we care to. Finally, the Current Time Indicator line, here this little red line, you can change that to a different color as well. Now as you move around here, you can maybe barely tell that I am changing the line color, because that's right up there against white.
But in fact, if we change it to something really obvious, you barely see the blue that's showing up there. But you can change the colors in the way the interface looks. Let's talk about customizing interface in terms of its layout. Each panel or group has its own set place, but you can adjust their size by dragging the divider between the two of them. This entire panel group down here is basically not visible. You can drag it up to see it, and you can drag this left and right. If you hover at an intersection, you see that turns into a four-headed arrow, which allows you to just hold the panel groups at once.
If you want to view a panel full-screen, which comes in very handy when you're working, let's say, in a file like this, you just hover your cursor over the panel that you want to expand, and then press the Tilde key, which is at the upper left-hand corner of the keyboard and that goes to full-screen. Then if you want to go back to standard size, you press the Tilde key again. So whatever panel you're hovering over will be the one that goes to full-screen. If you switch the view here to a multitrack view, I will go to this multitrack-example here, and I hover my cursor over this place. It too will expand to full-screen, which can be very helpful when you're working in this kind of an environment where you wanted to just work on the file, get all this extraneous stuff of the way and just focus on the files.
It's nice to go full-screen. Now let's say you want to have some panels up here in different panel groups, just more convenient for you to do that. Simply take your panel that you want to move and grab it by this little grabber bar, this little 10. thing here in the upper left-hand corner. Click on that and drag, and as you drag it through another panel group, you'll notice that a rectangle or a trapezoid is highlighted indicating where this thing is going to go. If you hover to the point such that it has a rectangle, that means that you're going to drop this panel inside this panel group and it will add a tab to the collection on tops.
When I let go over the mouse over here, it will no longer say Files and Scores. It'll say Files, Scores, and Tasks, like so. If I want to have Tasks in its own panel group, I grab it and move it to a point where a trapezoid appears. If I let go of it now, it will have its own little panel group on the right-hand side of these three or the left-hand side or above or below make it skied to the bottom out now. But where the trapezoid appears is where it'll appear inside on its own panel group. Notice they are now four - one, two, three, four panel groups here, because I created a separate panel group for this guy.
I am going to put it back down here. Now it's inside this original group that it was in. But let's say you've move things around and I'll take the Effects panel and move it up to here. Now you're satisfied that this is the workspace that I'd rather work in it. I'd rather have these guys visible, but I think I also want to have one more panel visible so I am going to go to Window and add Resource Central. So, now this panel group has four panels in it. So, this is the workspace that I'll prefer let's say. If that's what you like, you can then create a customized workspace by laying it out like this and then going Window>Workspace>New Workspace.
Now name the workspace. I'll name it Jeff's Workspace for now, and click OK. Now that workspace is available. If I want to let's say change to different workspace, like the Edit Audio to Video. I want to come back to mine, and let's go Workspace>Jeff's Workspace. There we are. And if I decide that really that was a superfluous workspace, I don't ever want to use that workspace again, I'll go back to the Default view. By Window>Workspace, I have change to Default, like I'd reset the default to get to the original Default view.
Now I am going to get rid of the Jeff's Workspace by clicking Window>Workspace>Delete Workspace, and we'll pick the one we want to delete. Now it'll no longer be visible inside that collection of workspaces. So, that's how you'd customize the workspace to suit your purposes.
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