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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.
I want to talk about the Adobe Soundbooth CS5 workspace. This is typically how your workspace will look after you open up Soundbooth and load up a few files. I have loaded up several here for this particular demonstration. If you want to load them up, you certainly can do that, but I haven't really talked about how to load files yet, but you might have already figure that out. Let me just walk you through the workspace a bit here. The workspace is divided up into these zones. They're called panel groups. They used to be called frames, but now they are panel groups. Inside each panel group can be one or more panels.
This particular panel group here has only one panel, the Editor panel. Over here, there are two different panels, Files and Scores. If you click on the tab, you switch between the two panels. This panel group has four different panels. Again, you just click on the tabs to go from one to the next. Then there is another panel group tucked away down here. This is that a default view when you open up. You can have different views if you're doing different kinds of editing. There is really only basically two different kinds of ways that you're going to edit things is editing audio only or editing audio that might have video associated with it.
So let me just change to a different workspace. The way you do that is by going Window > Workspace and these are these five workspaces that the Adobe engineers created that they think would be helpful to you. But the one that's most helpful is Default and then the one that's kind of second in line of helpfulness is Editing Audio to Video. So, let me click on that. Right now, we have got an audio only file open, but if I open up a file that's video and audio and you can tell it's video and audio, because it has got a speaker icon and a filmstrip next to it, I double-click that, That will load up the audio here and video up in this little window there.
(Video playing.) You can edit this audio and see it relative to the video as you edit it. You won't be able to edit the video specifically, but the audio associated with the video you edit down here. I am going to switch back to the Default workspace and there are a couple of panels that are not visible in the Default workspace and I will just show you how you access those panels. All the panel names will be underneath this menu called the Window menu. If they have a checkbox next to them, that means they are up front. It doesn't mean that they're not available inside a panel group, but they're just up front.
So Tasks here is upfront, but see that the Effects is behind it and it's not marked, but it just means that it is just not visible in that panel, but there are some things here that are not visible at all. So, let's go to Resource Central. Click that one and that will put that panel now inside this panel group and now you can there is a tab for Resource Central and I am going to talk about Resource Central in other movies. Then there is one other thing I want to show you. There are two different ways of looking at the Editor panel. Well, you can edit a single file. You look at it like this, a single audio file. It looks like so, but Soundbooth has something called a multitrack file.
I am going to switch over to that by clicking this down arrow and going to the multitrack-example. Now multitrack session is pretty exciting, because you can layer audio clips one on top of the other and mix them together. So, let me just show you quickly how that works. (Music playing.) Now you can see, we've got one, two, three things, this one, this one, and this one that have audio that are playing right now, but you can see here there's silence. So, I am going to move the current time indicator over, so all five tracks are playing at once. Here we go.
(Music playing.) We are going to work with these multitrack files in several other movies. I just wanted to show you that there are two different views to the Editor panel. There are also things you can do customize the look of your workspace and I am going to discuss customizing, which includes changing the sizes of panels and other things, in another tutorial.
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