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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.
Soundbooth has some basic recording capabilities. You can record in Mono, a single audio stream, or in Stereo. If you have the right equipment, you can record a voice in one channel and an instrument in the other. You can connect hardware directly to your sound card, or use a built-in microphone, or attach an audio interface to your computer's USB or FireWire port. Once you've got your audio hardware set up, you need to check your Preferences. So, on Windows, you go Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware. On the Mac side of things, you go Soundbooth > Preferences > Audio Hardware.
On the Windows side of things, you have several default devices depending on your hardware, but in general, you probably have WDM sound, which is Windows Driver model or DirectSound, which is sort of the fallback. Then you might have an ASIO capable sound card installed on your computer. And your best bet is to go with ASIO, which is Audio Stream Input/Output. It's the higher quality sound and the more responsive sound. So, typically we would select that. Let that be our Default Device. Let's go back to WDM, because that's kind of common.
If you're having any trouble at all with WDM, if you're hearing some kind of scratches or pops, then you probably want to go to Settings, and change the Buffer Size. Increase the Buffer Size to improve the quality of audio, but almost everybody who uses a WDM or if the fall back of DirectSound, should have no problems accepting whatever the default is on their computer. Let's talk about Output Mapping. Typically, this is just how you hear your audio. In our case, we have some hardware connected to our computer, M-Audio. So, we are hearing it through M-Audio's Left and Right Channels, hearing it in Stereo.
Then we have this little checkbox down here, Continue Audio Playback in Background. This is just when you switch out of Soundbooth to go to some other application, it's nice to have the audio continue playing, if that's what your choice is. You can always stop it and then switch. So if you want your audio to continue playing, like if you are a multitasker and you've got some music playing inside Soundbooth, and you want to switch over to your browser for a couple of seconds, the audio will continue playing. That's why I always keep that checked, because, yeah. I like to hear my music playing while I am sort of checking out other things on my computer. On the Mac side of things, when you try to set up your Default Device, you'll probably see more input/output options than you see on the PC side, on the Windows side.
In that case, you probably should choose the System Default Input/Output, unless you want Soundbooth to use different ports then your other applications. Once you get all this set up to your liking, just click OK and move on. We are going to click Cancel here, because we want to take the defaults that we had set before. Once you've get that all set up, you can start your recording, and I will explain how to do recording in another movie.
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