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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.
If you are editing a single audio file or working in a multitrack file, and you have done some edits, done some effects, and you are thinking, "You know, if I save this file now, I might want to come back to it later, and undo some of this stuff, or at least be able to tweak some of these things." So, what you can do inside Soundbooth is make what is called a Snapshot that will retain all the information that you have worked on up to that point, and then if you save it, you can revert back to that snapshot point, and see all the effects you have done, and make tweaks that way.
The thing is if you do use a snapshot, you have to save your file or your multi track file as an ASND file that is an Adobe Soundbooth document file. So, later when I talk about saving files in multitrack files, you do want to choose ASND, if you are going to make a snapshot that you want to come back to. So, let me show you how that works. I am going to apply an effect to our voice here in this multitrack example mastering.asnd file that we have used in a couple of other movies. I will click on this Edit point.
I am going to add an effect, you know the Reverb that you typically add for a voice. This takes a second to load up, Convolution Reverb, go to Settings. I will take let us say the Medium Sized cave, knock it down a bit so it is not too cave like and see how that sounds. (Music playing.) Okay, that works. We are not trying to be perfect here.
We are just trying to give you an example. So, now that I have done that, I am thinking, you know, I want to save this point, because I am going to add some more effects later that maybe I really won't want to work with. Perhaps I am going to save this point, and the way I do that is by going to the History panel, which has always been tucked away down here, you probably never even looked at it. But this keeps a track of every single edit you make for one thing. Drag it up, and there is that Insert Convolution Reverb. But there is also a little icon down here, a little camera icon. You click on that. It has a little down arrow on it meaning that if you click on it, it will open up a pull down menu.
It says New Snapshot. So, let us make a new snapshot. It will put up this dialog box. I will just type in Added Reverb, and that takes a little while now. It has to create a sub file in the file it is actually working on it right now. There you go, so you have created a snapshot. If I go here again, you will see that it is up here, this one added snapshot. And now you could rename it or delete it. Let us do something else to kind of add another effect here, to show you how you can come back to individual snapshots. I will go to Mr.
Bass here, add a little bit of Parametric EQ I mean, and inside Parametric EQ, I will take that preset of Bass Booster. The Bass Booster will increase it a bit just to give it a her own little edit. Close that and listen to it. (Music playing.) Pretty good. Now I want to make a snapshot of that guy. So, I click the little snapshot button again, say that New Snapshot, we will say, Bass Booster.
And let us just do one more thing. I am going to go back to our voice, our vocalist here. I am kind of going out of order just to show you how that works. We will add a Compressor to her, and will go to the Settings of Vocal Booster, and we will just take the default there, and I will go down to our snapshot again, another snapshot, call that Vocal booster, and click OK.
And now what I am going to do is I am going to save this entire multitrack file, and when we come back to it, you will see that those snapshots are available. I am going to select this guy, and just click Save File, Ctrl or Command S. It takes a little while to save it because we have got these extra things inside it. So, if you just try this, you will notice that it takes quite a bit longer to save an ASND file with snapshots than without. But now that those snapshots are in there, it becomes a little more useful down the road.
I am going to now remove this, just delete this from Soundbooth. Now I am going to go back, and load it back up, and it takes longer to load up an ASND file that has snapshots in it. This is the one we just worked on, click Open, and now it will take actually quite a bit longer than normal so we are going to sit back here, and speed up time. And now that we have got that ASND file loaded up again back inside Soundbooth, I want to show you the snapshots. If you click on Snapshots down here, you will see that there are the three that we added.
And if I show you the effects for this particular vocal track, there are the two effects that we added, which would be normally you would expect to see those in the ASND file whether they are snapshots or not. Now I am going to click on snapshots, so I am going to go back one nudge. I am going to cut out the Vocal booster, and go back to the Bass Booster, the location where we were working on, the Bass Booster before we worked on Vocal booster, and this Compressor will go away. So, it is saying if you select the Snapshot, it clears the current undo history.
Well we have not even done anything since opening this up, so it is really okay. We do not really mind that the undo history is cleared because we have not done anything. We are going to revert now. So, it said do you want to create a New Snapshot? Well we could say Yes, but the snapshot equals what this file looked like when we opened it, so we will say No. So now, watch over here. If click on voice again, the Compressor is gone, but the Convolution Reverb remains, and if I go back to the Bass, you see the Bass.
Its effect is still there. So, you can revert to this previous state, which is a really great thing because sometimes you realize that Oh, I really over did it or that is too much, or I forgot to do something in between. I should have done that, in between these two steps, so you can go back a step or two or whatever you want, and then work on it again. So, Snapshots can be very helpful if you are thinking, you know, I probably will come back and fix this thing later. And again, when you do a Snapshot, you do need to save the file or the multitrack file as an ASND file.
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