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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 can work with the wide variety of audio and audio/video file types in Soundbooth. There are two ways to bring those files into Soundbooth: Import or Open. Despite those different terms, the end result is essentially the same. So, here is how to do both. First of all, let's look at opening. We'll go File > Open. We'll go to some location on our hard drive. In our Exercise Files, we'll go to, let's say, music and I'll just open up voice by clicking it, and clicking Open. What happens is that this will open up in the Editor panel.
It will display at the Editor panel and also added here to the Files panel. That's what happens when you open something. If you import something, it skips this little process of adding it to the Editor panel. Small thing, but it saves like a millisecond in the difference. Let me show you how that works. I'll go to Import. We have a choice of Files, Markers or Scores. We'll just stick with Files. We'll import vibes, which is a stereo track. Notice that it did not display at this time. It just popped it up here in the Files panel. If I double-click it, that will display it here in the Editor panel.
Let me show you how to import, or actually open, in this particular case, a whole bunch of files. I can go back to File > Open, but I'd rather do the shortcut and that is to double-click anywhere in an empty space here in the Files panel. That opens up the Open Files dialog box. Now I am going to select a number of files. If you know how to do this already this might be old news to you, but let me just show you some techniques here. If you want to select a whole group of files, you can click on one, and then Shift+Click on another one and that selects all of them in between, including the top and bottom.
I'll click away to deselect. If you want to select the whole bunch, similarly, you can use what's called a Marquee select. I am going to click down here and drag and that creates this little marquee that allows me to select a bunch of files all at once. Or I can select the bunch of files all at once, and then deselect some. Since I have already got the voice, and I have already got the vibes, I'll Ctrl on Windows or Command on a Mac, Ctrl+Click or Command+Click and that deselect those guys. I can deselect in the middle here or reselect that way. So, I am going to open up these guys. Now notice this is a stereo and this is a 5.1 channel audio file and I will show you how those guys look in a second. Click Open.
This is keyboard and bass. That's a stereo channel. Let me go to the 5.1. Double-click on that to open it up in the Editor panel. You'll see that it's six channels. 5.1 means actually 6. It means 5 speakers around the room and the sixth one here is the bass, the subwoofer channel, low-frequency channel, so you have five physical locations for your speakers and then the bass speaker can be just about anywhere, because bass really is not very directional. So, that's what the 6, 5.1 or 6 channel audio file looks like. Let me just show you one more thing. I am going to go back and open up the Open dialog box by clicking over here where it's kind of empty.
If you look at the types of files you can import, it says All Supported Media here, which means it will show you every single thing that Soundbooth can work with. Let me show you what those supported media are. You can see it can open up movies, video files, like Flash video, and AVI, and QuickTime Movies. It can open up MPEG files, which are also video files. But more specifically, for what you're probably are going to do, it will open up various kinds of audio files, including MP3 and WAV files. Then Windows Media has a video version and an audio version, WMV, WMA.
Then Macintosh has an AIF file. Let's find that. There. You can open up basically all these different kinds of files. The one that might be new to everybody, something called an Adobe Sound Document. Now I'll talk about Adobe Sound Documents when I discuss saving files, but in essence, this is a way to use files that you create in Soundbooth and open up in other Adobe products and then be able to go back and edit them in Soundbooth if you want to. So, it's a good way to save files to preserve all the various edits that you've made. So these are the various kinds of file types you can open and the two different ways that you can open files: Import and Open.
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