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Playing and monitoring audio

From: Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training

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After you've imported your opened audio in Soundbooth you can then play it back and that's more than simply pressing the Play button or the Stop button. There are whole bunch of extra features involved when you play your audio. Let me show you the standard way to do that. Here we have an audio clip opened up inside the Editor panel, and here your standard VCR controls down here Play and Stop and Loop as it's called. Let's go with Play now, click that. You'll watch the Current Time Indicator. (Music playing.) Click Stop and that stops.

Playing and monitoring audio

After you've imported your opened audio in Soundbooth you can then play it back and that's more than simply pressing the Play button or the Stop button. There are whole bunch of extra features involved when you play your audio. Let me show you the standard way to do that. Here we have an audio clip opened up inside the Editor panel, and here your standard VCR controls down here Play and Stop and Loop as it's called. Let's go with Play now, click that. You'll watch the Current Time Indicator. (Music playing.) Click Stop and that stops.

Here is the Current Time Indicator. You are moving through the clip. If you scrub it through by simply dragging it, you'll hear the clip kind of zip by. (Fast forward version of clip playing.) If instead you want to drag the Current Time Indicator through without hearing all that stuff, you can then hover your cursor over this time display down here, you can click and drag it, and you won't hear the audio as it goes by. If you want to go to a specific spot inside your clip, let's say instead of 239 we'll just click 139, instead, let's say, pressing there, pressing Enter.

It'll bounce to 139 real quickly. Sometimes you wanted to do very specific locations for your edits. If you make a selection, you use this little I-beam here. If you select that area by dragging it like this and then click the Loop button, nothing will happen, but it means that Looping is now active, and if I click Play, it will loop through this over and over again. Let me make that a little bit shorter by dragging these guys a little left. Let's have it be a quick loop. (Music playing.) You get a sense of how that all works.

I'll turn off looping now. Now I'll get rid of this little selection by just clicking away from it. I am going to show you some of the shortcuts. If I want to play without clicking this button down here, a standard shortcut for playing and stopping is the Spacebar, just press that. (Music playing.) Press it again to stop. There is also some shortcut keys, the J, K, and L shortcut keys are kind of standard in audio and video editing. K is stop and then L is play and J is going backwards, but you can click them more than once to make them go faster or click the opposite side to make them go slower.

So, I'm going to press the L key once, press it again, press it again so that it goes faster and faster, then I'm going to press the J key to slow it down, so here that goes. Here's once. (Music playing.) So, that was L once to make it at regular speed, one more time to make it twice as fast and one more time to make it super-fast and then J to slow it down. I'll go backwards now. I'll do the reverse of the whole process. J once, then twice, then three times, then I'll slow it down again by pressing the L key to kind of reverse the speed.

(Music playing.) And then K to stop it all. Some other little tools that you might want to use - sometimes you want to zoom in on an area that you are working on. There are a couple of ways to do that. One is to use the Zoom tool, oddly enough, and the Zoom tool is up here on the Tools panel. Click on the Zoom tool and you get a little Plus sign and a magnifying glass, and you can drag anywhere in this audio file and you'll zoom in on it. So let's say I want to zoom in on from 50 seconds to a minute. I want to just display that area.

I'll just zoom there and it zooms in from 50 seconds to a minute. And if I want to zoom out all the way now, I click the Backslash key, which is right next to the two bracket keys. It zooms back out. Let me zoom back in again in an area and now if I want to manipulate, if I want to drag this thing left and right, I go back to the Hand tool, which is the shortcut H. Now, I've get the Hand tool. I can drag this back and forth. When it's zoomed in like this, you can drag it back and forth. If I zoom it back out by pressing the Backslash key, the Hand tool won't have an effect here because it's already zoomed all the way out.

If I want the Current Time Indicator to go to the beginning of a clip, I just press the Home key and jumps it to the beginning. If I want it to go to the end of the clip, oddly enough, press the End key. You can see the Current Time Indicator jump to the end, quick ways to get to the end or the beginning. And if I want to look at the levels, I'll look up here at the levels. Let me just click inside here a bit by clicking here inside this Ruler. If I click Play now by pressing the Spacebar, (Music playing.) I can see the levels up here. If I hover my cursor over here, the levels will show up, as to how many decibels they are below full scale.

If I want to change the Time Ruler, I can change it from hours, minutes and second, right there you see 20 seconds, 1 minute 20 seconds, we don't have a clip that's more than an hour long here, I can change that by right-clicking on it. I'm changing it to the decimal form, which let's you have thousandths of a second. Let's click that. So, that's 1 minute 30 seconds and 0 thousandths of a second, and I can change this to Samples, if I go Samples, use my Zoom tool now and zoom in on a little iddy biddy area, you can begin to see the waveform, zoom in again, zoom in again, and there are the samples.

I'm going to press the Backslash key to zoom all the way out. So it's basically the way that you can play back clips and plus get a chance to zoom in, zoom out and manipulate your clips inside the Editor panel.

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Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training

52 video lessons · 14927 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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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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