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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.
You know that many studio recordings are done using multiple tracks, recording one or more instruments or vocalist at a time. The standard recording session typically starts with percussion. Then they might lay down on a bass track, finally, followed by rhythm guitar. Then they might add solo instruments and finally, vocals. In each instance, the studio musicians and singers are listening the tracks already laid down as they add their segments. Later those sound clips are layered into multiple tracks. Then the audio editor can adjust individual track volume levels pan them left or right and apply effects, like Reverb, to a Vocal.
Finally, the whole collection of tracks is mixed down, typically to a stereo file. There might be some final tweaking to it. The engineer might want to add an effect or two, but that's it. In this chapter, I show you how to do Multitrack editing using a studio recording of a song called "The Things you Said". The song was recorded at a studio in Santa Rosa California, Northern Lights Recording. Here is that Studio's website address. The owner of the studio, Barry Chiffman, composed the song, played all the instruments and handled the audio engineering work. The vocals were done by Lauralee Christensen.
I want to thank Barry and Lauralee for letting me use their tune. It's a fun piece, and I think you're going to enjoy working on it.
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