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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.
Saving a Multitrack file is a little bit different than saving a standalone audio file. And I do want you to watch the tutorial on saving entire files or selected ranges because that really gives you the whole rundown on all the various options. This movie will just be about the process for using a Multitrack file. It is a very brief movie. Let me just give you a sense of how that works. Here we have a Multitrack file that we have worked with many times, and I want to save it now. I want to save it in a format that I can hear on my stereo on, which I cannot hear an ASND file.
Let us say that I loaded it up to a CD. I need to save this as a WAV file or in some other kind of standard file format to be able to actually hear this outside of Soundbooth or outside of an Adobe CS5 application. Let me just go to File. Instead of Save As, I want to do Export, and I can export a Multitrack Mixdown. What that does, it takes all these tracks that are panned left and right and where tracks are positioned in certain places from left and right, and then positions them in the stereo signals. So, I have got Multitrack Mixdown, and now it just says, okay what file format do you want to use? Now we do not need to save it as an ASND file.
We are getting out of ASND now. We are mixing it down to some other format. We are not going to lose the ASND file. We are going to continue to retain that. But I do want to save it in some other format that I can use, you know, on my iPod or on my web site or on my CDs. So, that has to be some other kind of file form, and if you do look at the other movie about saving all files, you understand the various kinds of file formats that you can choose, but let me just pop up this menu here and show you the various options that you have seen before, the various audio options like WAV or MP3 or AIF.
Choose from one of these guys, and then you follow the same process you did before when you saved the file, decide you own, the bit depth and the sample rate, that kind of stuff, and then save it. That is the difference in Multitrack. You are mixing it down as opposed to just saving a file. One other option, if you click on one of these tracks, keeping in mind that an ASND file is actually a collection of individual audio files put into one fairly large file, and each of these little clips here, each of these tracks is accessible as a separate clip inside the ASND file, so let us say you have edited this.
You have not edited the original voice audio file. You have edited this clip within an ASND file. So let us say you want to save just at this voice that you have changed from the original, but it is inside ASND file. You can then save this as in individual tracks. If you select a track here inside the ASND file, and then go File>Export, it gives you the option to do a Clip Mixdown. Why they call it Mixdown, I am not really clear, because I am not really mixing it down because it is an individual clip, but you have to select that, and then you can save it as a different kind of a file type, taking care to not save it as the original name that you used on the original files.
So, always, always change it to something else like voice edited something, and then change and select one of these various file types here, so that is the process when you are working with Multitrack file. You can Mixdown the entire Multitrack session into a stereo file or monaural file using various different file extensions or you can select one clip within that ASND file, and then save that as a separate audio file as well.
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