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I want to tell you a little bit about sound. The goal here is to give you some fundamental information that will help you as you record, edit and mix audio in Soundbooth. Vibrations create sound. For example, your vocal cords vibrate, out comes sound. Sound can travel through solid objects, or through liquid, but mostly sound is moving air molecules. Those moving molecules behave sort of like waves. Let me show you what I mean. So here we are in Soundbooth, and I have loaded up the file called a440-octaves-tone, which is inside the a440 subfolder inside your Exercises Folder.
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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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Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training
4h 59m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up recording hardware
  • Recording vocals and instruments
  • Viewing audio waveforms and spectral frequency displays
  • Copying, cutting and pasting audio
  • Stretching time and shifting pitch
  • Looping tracks
  • Identifying and removing noise
  • Enhancing audio with Soundbooth effects
  • Mixing audio in multitrack mode
  • Customizing prebuilt scores
  • Working with Soundbooth files in Premiere Pro projects
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video Audio for Video Post Production
Software:
Soundbooth
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Taking a look at basic sound waves

I want to tell you a little bit about sound. The goal here is to give you some fundamental information that will help you as you record, edit and mix audio in Soundbooth. Vibrations create sound. For example, your vocal cords vibrate, out comes sound. Sound can travel through solid objects, or through liquid, but mostly sound is moving air molecules. Those moving molecules behave sort of like waves. Let me show you what I mean. So here we are in Soundbooth, and I have loaded up the file called a440-octaves-tone, which is inside the a440 subfolder inside your Exercises Folder.

Now I'm looking at the soundwave, which I can explain how you look at these soundwaves in other tutorials, but right now, I just want to demonstrate how soundwaves look. This tone is a very simple tone. It's called a440 because it's 440 cycles per second. It's a standard tuning tone used by orchestras and instruments, things like that. Listen to it for a second. (Tone playing.) You've probably heard that tone before. It's the A above middle C, if you know your music, and it has 440 cycles or waves per second. Now the top of this cycle is when that's the most pressure being applied against your eardrum and the bottom here is when the pressure is released completely as your eardrum vibrates to then transmit the sound to your brain.

It happens 440 times per second. If I were to change the amplitude of these peaks, it would sound louder. I'll raise the peaks by raising the decibel level, or the amplitude of the volume, depending on the term that you'd like to use. Now you can see now they are much higher, which means now the peak is higher, the valley is lower, and so this will be a louder tone. (Tone playing.) Simple enough to raise the tone. You can see that that's reflected in the soundwave by the height of the soundwave. I'll do Ctrl+Z to undo that. Let me show you how octaves look.

I am going to open up the entire file so you can see that there's several tones here. (Tone's playing.) Each one of those tones is an octave higher, and the cool thing about sound is that we hear the octave. It's something sort of inherent in us to be able to hear dum... dum... dum... to hear that octave, doh ... doh... and in fact, the octave is double the frequency. So, let me show you something called the Spectral Frequency Display. If you click this button, that opens it up, or you can just drag it up this way, and this shows those tones.

The first tone, (Tones playing.) 440 cycles per second. You can see it right there 400. A little bit above there is 440. Now if I double that, it will be 880. (Tones playing.) If you look over here, you see it's about 880 there. If I double that, it will be 1760. (Tones playing.) That's about 1760 there. (Tones playing.) Then 3520, and then 7040. Now about this time, my dog starts running out of the house. These high-frequency tones are just tough on dogs. They just get all anxious if they start hearing this. Your dog might be doing the same thing right now.

(Tone playing.) And that's the highest one you probably - if your hearing is acute, your hearing is 14,000 or so cycle tone. And other people can't hear it. You notice that if you look up here, you'll see that it's being displayed in terms of the decibel level, but if your hearing is not really great, you might not hear that. Human hearing ranges from about, we'll say 20 or so cycles per second, which is a real low note. Let me go over there (Tone playing.) or it can go up to about 20,000 or so.

And if you can't hear that tone, there at 14,000, that would be not unusual for people. As they get older, they start losing their hearing at that particular level. So, this is basically how audio works. You can see the various frequencies here. As you double the frequency, you increase the pitch by an octave and as you cut the frequency in half you decrease the pitch by an octave, and then the pitch is determined by the cycles per second and the decibel level is dependent on the heighth of the waveforms.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training.


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Q: After making a recording using Soundbooth CS5, I’ve discovered the stereo channels are reversed- left is right and right is left. I can’t seem to figure out how to swap them in Soundbooth. How can I adjust channels?
Also, is there a more advanced audio software that might be better for working with recorded audio than Soundbooth CS5?
A: To swap channels in Soundbooth, right-click on the file in the
Files panel, choose Insert Channels Into New Multitrack File. That will
create a multitrack sessions with the two channels on separate mono
tracks. Pan them left and right to create the swapped channels and then
choose Export > Multitrack Mixdown.

A more advanced audio recording, editing and mixing product is Adobe
Audition. The current version 3 is for Windows only. Check out the Audition 3 Essential Training in the Online Training Library.
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