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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 are allowed to download 10,000 sound effects for free. You can use them any way you want in your projects, and you don't have to download all 10,000. You can go out and find one or two that suit your project at that moment. You can use them inside Soundbooth or simply take them and use them in any other kind of project you're working on, be it an Adobe software project or anything else. They are yours to use. But I want to show you how to use them here, in Soundbooth and specifically, how to use them in a multitrack file. So, let me show you. The first thing you need to do is find the panel that lets you download those guys and, by default, it's not visible when you open up the Soundbooth the first time, you need to open up that panel separately.
So, I am going to go to Window and click on Resource Central. That's the online site where you can find all these sound effects and a few other things. You have Sound Effects open here. You can also download something called Scores, which I talked about in different movie, and then News kind of gives you to the latest scoop from Adobe. Let me just scroll down here and show you how this looks. Now when you go to Resource Central, you can look at sound effects based upon their categories. Here are the categories. And since they are 10,000 of them, it's a little cumbersome sometimes to track down what you are looking for, but I want to look for things about rain.
So, I am going to type in 'rain' here in the search bar and press Enter or Return, and it says it found 40 results. It will not display more than 10. It's always 10, and then it allows you go to the next page. It would be nice if there's a great big table here or something, but that's just not how it works. So, 10 at a time, no matter how far you stretch this guy down. It's always going to be up to 10 that you can see here. So, we'll scroll so you can see 10. Now I want to select some specific ones here that I have kind of listened to in advance, but let me show you how that works. You can preview these guys by clicking on these Play buttons.
So, I am going to click on this one, because I kind of want to think about the rain forest here as I create this multitrack file. So, I am going to play that, and I decide I like that. (Rain forest sounds) So, to download it, I click on the little Download button, or while I am playing it, I can just press the Spacebar, but here we go. Click on that, and now it starts downloading it, and it downloads to a folder that you can set inside Preferences. I have accepted the default folder. We don't need even to go there to see it, unless you want to use that file with some other program, but once you've downloaded it, it adds a little check mark next to the name, and you can actually use that check mark to put that in the File Editing mode.
And I can show you how that works. I'll take this and drag it into this empty space and notice that I got a little Plus sign there. I can let her rip and here is that file, all by itself, ready for editing. (Rain forest sounds) So, that's kind of the quick and easy way to find something you like, download it, and then just drag it over here so you can edit it, if that's what you want to do. But I don't want to edit this as an individual file. I want to gather a couple more, and then create a multitrack session with them. So, let me move on to find something else. Let me go to a different page, and the way to get to a different page is just by clicking this little right arrow here.
I know that on page 3 there is something that I like. I am looking down here at the bottom, Weather Ambiance After Rain Drizzle Distant, whatever that is. (Rain sounds) So I am thinking the rain is kind of over here. (Rain sounds) So, I am going to download that by pressing the Spacebar. (Rain sounds) Notice that the little down arrow flashed for a moment, but it continues to play, if you want to do that. Now we are done. (Rain sounds) Click the Pause button. Now there's a check mark there saying we can use that if we want to. Finally, I am going to go to page 4 and download one more here, this one at the top, Weather Ambiance After Rain Drizzle Distant. Listen to that.
(Rain sounds) There we go. So now, we have downloaded three things that I want to add to a multitrack session. So, I am going to go over and make a new multitrack file. New > multitrack File. I can do it from the waveform or just blank. So, we'll start with blank. Let's go back over to Files here. The only thing that's there is that the one we dragged over. So, I'll drag this guy over, add that to the first track, but I want to find the other guys.
So, how do I find those other guys? Go back to Resource Central, and here is that forth one. I'll little drag it directly to the multitrack session. That's the other way to incorporate it into either the file or the multitrack session. Let me go track down that other one, which is on page 2, I think, or page 3. There it is. Right down here is one I wanted. I drag it over. Now I have created these three clips on one multitrack session. If I play them together, it will be kind of overwhelming, I think. (Rain sounds) What I wanted is I want to start with the insects, then have a little rain come in, and then have it fade away.
So, let me just slide these guys over. I'll start just with the insects here. (Insect sounds) This shows you how you can adjust clips individually, like this. I am going to move this one over to the current time indicator. I am going to take it's rubber band and pull it down so that the volume level is down low, and gradually increase it, like that, to 0dB. At the same time, I am going to take this one and fade it away, doing what's called a cross fade.
So, we can kind of bring up this next one. Well, let's see what that sounds like. I'll put them a little closer together, so it happens a little bit faster. (Insect sounds transitioning into rain sounds) So you can see we can fade one down and bring it one up. Maybe I shouldn't fade it down to 0. I should maybe have a little bit of jungle sound in the background. (Jungle and rain sounds) And now I can gradually fade this guy away as the rain gets louder and louder.
(Rain sounds) Then we want to maybe bring this one up instead. So, I'll take this guy down here, by clicking there and fading it down. This guy, bring it down. I just want to bring it up, so you can hear the cross dissolve there - (Rain sounds fading out) as the rain kind of fades. So, you can incorporate sound effects any way you want to. I could have taken this rain and added to our music. There was a time when there were a whole series of records were made, where you took this sort of elevator music and added rain to it and people just loved having that little extra ambiance of rain running in the background, while they listened to their music.
So, we could have added this to that music we just created, but I didn't want to sort of step all over that lovely music. But you can do that, and you can also incorporate these sound effects any way you want within a multitrack session like this, or as individual clips.
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