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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.
As an owner of Soundbooth CS5, you allow to download up to 121 Soundbooth Scores. These are original musical compositions with customizable features to give you a feeling for how this works. I have already downloaded one called Afternoon Sun. I downloaded it from this list over here at Resource Central, and I want to show you basically how this thing works, how it is constructed. You take a look at it after you've loaded into a multitrack file. You see that hasn't intro, Main 1, Main 2. It repeats Main 1 and Main 2 with an End, sometimes referred to as an Outro.
Then it has this Intensity bar, Volume bar and if this particular score has a solo instrument, you go up here to Parameters to find it. In this case, it has a Flute you can add that as well. So now, you have at got Intensity, Flute and Volume. How this works is they are little samples of music that are placed one after the other such that if you were to shorten or lengthen the piece, you could add more or take away some of these elements. So, I am going to shrink it down a bit, and you will see that it will go from two Main 1 and two Main 2 to only one each. Slide it in nice.
So, you have got Intro, Main 1, Main 2 and End. So, it keeps those chunks together and still plays it in a smooth away so you don't necessarily here any obvious change from one section to the next, but does allow you to shorten it while still retaining a beginning, a middle and an end. Sometimes finding the end is not always accurate. Notice how the end kind of shifts around there. If I go like this, let's get a full end like. Now let's see what the end sounds like if it's allowed to go all the way to the end (Music playing.) That's real obvious conclusion, but if I move it around little bit more like this is, and you see that the end kind of shrinks down, the end will be so clear now.
(Music playing.) It is abrupt, so it is not a perfect solution. You have to kind of finagle it a little bit to get the end exactly the way you want. But typically you can find a pretty close approximation to the length of the video that you're applying this to, typically you are putting the score with a video to have it match the length of your video. Let me show you a few more features about -- I am going to drag it back out again. Want you to hear how the intro goes to the main section, then goes to the second main section. There is a little moment when you can hear the difference, and you will notice on right at those lines there. So, I am just going to play this so you get a chance to hear how that sounds. Here we go.
(Music playing.) So we can get a sense that at each one of those little markers there was a change. Here is the beginning. This one is placed after it, and this one is placed after it, and then they sort of rearrange as you change the length. This Intensity section is actually the number of instruments that are playing. You can't select an instrument. You either select one instrument or two or three, but you can't select only the second instrument or only the fifth instrument.
You sort of build the instruments here using keyframes are using what's called the Basic mode where you just change the number of instruments overall. You can control the volume level of the flute however and flute starts right here at the beginning of the Main 1. You could put keyframes here and let the flute gradually come in or gradually go out. And you can change the overall volume, again using keyframe. So, you can bring the volume up or down depending on how it compares to a video that you're working with, and you can edit this thing with your video visible inside a multitrack session. So, that's basically how Scores work inside a multitrack file inside Soundbooth, and I will give you some more specifics in other movies.
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