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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 is a full-featured audio recorder, editor, mixer and customized musical score creator. I want to give you a sense for how all those elements work together. So, in this movie, I will first give you the big picture and then I briefly introduce each of those elements. Your first step is to import and/or record your audio. You can import existing audio files or video files that have audio associated with them or record audio from scratch. Next, you want to listen to it. Now that seems kind of mundane, but there are several audio playback features that you might want to tap into as you listen to your audio.
Then you want to edit your audio. It usually means just trimming things, removing sections, stuff like that or moving things around. You might want to remove extraneous sounds that are interfering with your music or your audio, and then you want to optimize and enhance your audio using effects. With all that material together, you might want to build and mix a Multitrack file. You do not have to. You can work with the original file and just stick with that or you might want layer a bunch of files together to create a Multitrack mix. You can also create a customized Soundbooth music score. There are a bunch of music compositions that come with Soundbooth that you can customize, and then finally you'll want to save your audio files and/or your Multitrack mixdowns, so that is basically the workflow.
Let me show you some specific examples. If you are going to record something from scratch, you just go down and click on the Record button down here. That opens up Record interface, and you can see it bouncing here, reacting to my voice. So, now I will discuss all these little aspects of using these various tools in other videos. I will close this for now. To Import things, you go here inside the Files panel and double-click. There are other ways to do it as well, but this is one way. I am going to import this particular file here, go back and import a bunch more.
Notice that I am importing, this is a WAV file, and there are other kinds of file types that you can import besides WAV. This is a mono file. That is a stereo, and this is a 5.1, which is a six channel sound. I am not going to Import this one, so let me click that one away, import these guys. Let me show what a 5.1 sound looks like. It is six channels. I will drag this down so you can see them all individually, like that. If you are going to repair things, usually repair starts by trimming things. Let me just show you a brief audio clip under that one. If you want to repair something, you might want to trim the end, for example, so you just trim things down. You might want to get rid of a horrible tone like this.
There are ways that you can get rid of hums like that, or get rid of hisses like this. So, I will show you how to do that in other videos. If you are going to enhance sound, typically you add an effect to enhance sound, let me show you how that works real quickly. Here is a vocal recording that was done in the studio. (Woman singing: When the sun sets on the water's edge) You can apply an effect to that to give it a little bit more of a Reverb, for example. Let me go back and play that again.
Knock this down a little bit, so it is not too dramatic. (Woman singing: When the sun sets on the water's edge) So there are all kinds of ways to sweeten your audio using effects and to give it some extra presence. You can build Multitrack files. Let me show you how to do that real quickly. You build Multitrack files simply by dragging clips to individual tracks. So, here I have made a quick two track Multitrack file.
You can change the heighth of these guys. Let me just play that briefly. (Music playing.) I have taken two different audio/ stereo clips and put them together into a Multitrack session. I mentioned customizing Soundbooth scores. I have already downloaded one score. The scores are available online, which you can download them for free. So, here is one right there. I am going to drag that to a new Multitrack session. So, let me just go File > New > Multitrack file, and drag this to the Multitrack session.
That puts this little Soundbooth score in there with all these various elements to it. We add one more element that comes with this particular one, called a Flute track. Now you have all these different things that you can adjust inside the Soundbooth score. I am going to show you just quickly how the sounds can change differently over time with a Soundbooth score like this. Take the Flute down for now. Bring it up there. I will show you how that works. (Music playing.) Bring these guys back down now, and you can see how that's dramatically changed.
(Music playing.) That is 1 of the 121 scores that come with Soundbooth. And finally, when you are done, you can mix down your Multitrack sessions or save your audio files. Let me quickly go back to the other Multitrack session we had a second ago. If you want to mix this down, you go File > Export > Mix down, and then you can create files that way, or you can simply take one single audio file, and if you have done some editing to that, you would go File > Save As, and save the file.
When you do this, you have many different kinds of audio file formats to use, and if you have video associated with it, you can also save it as video files, such as MPEG, but most of your audio files are here, like AAC, WAV, and AIF, if you work on a Mac. So that is basically the workflow, starting and ending with importing recording, and going back all the way to the end, saving.
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