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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 use Soundbooth to enhance and optimize your audio, a process sometimes called sweetening, and you do that using Effects. I want to give you a basic overview of effects in this movie, and I explain them in more detail in other movies. You can apply effects directly to a file inside the Editor panel, or you can apply them to a multi-track session. Now we are not going to be working with multi-track sessions here, because I have a separate chapter on them, but let me just give you a brief look at that. Here is a multi-track session, and you can apply effects here by clicking on one of the tracks and then applying and effect that way.
It applies it to the audio inside the multi-track session, not to the original audio, which is important. It is working inside that file, but we are going to go back and work only on individual files for this tutorial and for the other movies about effects, and we'll get to applying effects to multi-track sessions in that chapter. There are 11 different effects here with Soundbooth. Let me show you where they are. You go to the Effects tab down here. It will open the Effects panel. Down here, in the right-hand corner, is this little button that says fx. Click that open, and there are the 11 different effects.
Now, the one on the top there is the one that was most recently applied. So here are those 11 in alphabetical order. I'd like to think of them in terms of categories, as sort of a way to help remembering them all. I think I like five or so categories. First one, for me, would be Reverb and Echo. Analog Delay is an echo effect. And then Convolution Reverb gives you a sense of being in a particular kind of a room, like a church or your shower. And there is a Delay effect, so even though this is called Analog Delay, I don't consider that a Delay effect. I consider Chorus/Flanger a delay and Phaser a delay.
Let me just to show you Phaser so you get a sense of what a Delay effect sounds like, and this if you have watched Star Trek: (Woman singing.) You have heard that one before, right? Let me go just on from there to something called sound level effects, at least I call them sound level effects, and that's Compressor and Dynamics. Another group considered to be a particular category for me is the EQ effects is a Graphic EQ and a Parametric EQ. EQ stands for Equalization. Then finally, there's kind of my little catchall - the specialized effects: Distortion and Vocal Enhancer.
And then finally, there's the all-in- one effect that you typically do at the very end of the process, the Mastering effect, which has a bunch of stuff all wrapped up inside it. There are two different sets of effects inside Soundbooth. There are these 11 standard effects, and then this Advanced set, a subset of those 11 - 10 of them. The only one is missing here is Vocal Enhancer. So, you've got the Advanced effects. So, there is a difference between the two of them. I am going to apply, let's say, just the Convolution Reverb standard effect to this audio. When I do that, it pops up here in the default setting, and if I click on Settings, you'll see that the only setting is how much of this effect do I want to apply, all of it or some of it? All of it sounds like this.
(Woman singing.) Some of it sounds like this. (Woman singing.) It's the only real option that you have when you use a standard setting is how much of the effect that you apply. The other little option is which preset do you want to use? You can use the default, or any one of these presets, and the presets are different for each effect. The preset names kind of give you a basic idea of what they are going to sound like, but really, you've got to try before you buy here, and I talk about working with presets in another movie. Let's apply the advanced version of a different effect.
Let me go down here and apply advanced version of Parametric EQ. This time, when I click on Settings, it's not going to be that little 0 to 100 thing. It's going to be that, which is a total different look when you look at advanced effects. It gives you many more options to control how the effect will be applied, and it really is cool that Soundbooth has these options for you. If you look at, let's say, a Convolution Reverb, the advanced version of Convolution Reverb, that one there. We'll compare it to the standard one. Here, if I click on Settings, it has a set of presets inside the settings, as well as all these options.
Then over here, just in the regular thing, before you go to settings, it has another set of presets, a separate set of presets. So, with Advanced, you get basically one or two presets, depending on the effect. Then you get all the various options that come along with each effect with all their advanced settings. Now, you notice I have been adding effects here to the rack. You can have up to five effects in the rack, and even if you want more, you can apply those five to the file, which actually adds them to the file, puts them into the file and saves it to the file.
Then you can come back and apply more, but really, applying more than five effects to a file is probably overkill. Let me delete these guys, and I am going to click on the first one, Shift+Click on the last and delete it. The one final thing I want to show you is that there are Rack Presets. You can select from this little dropdown list and select a preset for the rack, and this will apply some number of effects. Each of those effects will have some presets applied to them, which saves you some work if you happen to know that some of the presets will work for you. And you can create your own presets.
I'll just click on Mastering Mix:2, let's say, and notice that it adds three advanced effects already set up or, let's say, finished mastered effect. I'll show you how this works as a vocal. (Woman singing.) It really enhances the vocal. If I turn those guys off by turning off the power button, here - the beginning, where it's sort of the before and the after. Here's the before. (Woman singing.) I'll go back to the after now. (Woman singing.) So, that's effects in a nutshell.
There are 11 different effects. You can use the Standard or the Advanced settings. You can customize them or use the presets, and I'll give you many more details about how to apply and work with effects in other movies.
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