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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.
In Soundbooth, you can split a clip in a multitrack file so you can use one portion in one location of a track and move the other portion elsewhere in the file. There is a keyboard shortcut that lets you duplicate all or part of the clip. And then frequently when you use either of these methods, you might want to do a cross fade between the newly created clips. So, I will show you all 3 techniques in this movie, and I am going to use a thunderstorm or two to demo that. I am going to create a multitrack file with 2 clips in it to demonstrate this process. We will start by just making a multitrack file from this particular gadget. It is open there.
Since it's selected, I will go File > New, Multitrack File from Waveform. And now we have this little thunderstorm. Lovely, and I think we are going to have a thunderstorm here in Ventura pretty soon. So, this will just match our weather conditions down here as we create this particular project. What I want to do is I want to have more thunder on it. There is only one thunder clap here, look at that, right that, see only one. If I open up that file, take a look at it. You will see that there is only one thunder clap.
I want more, so I am going back to my multitrack session. I want to be able to duplicate that little section there, so I am going to cut it. I am going to split it right here. I am going to split it right there, and then I am going to duplicate it, and drag it down here, and cross fade from one to the next, back and forth as we have like several thunder claps. You will see that that gets a little redundant after a while, but let me show you how that works. With the current time indicator there, I can right-click right about there and say Split the Clip. What it does is it takes that clip and just cuts in two, but there is no break.
If you listen at that particular point, there will be no change. You would not be able to tell there is a split there. Nothing to indicate that anything was split there. Now when I go over here, and split that again - split the clip - I have created this little clip all by itself there, what I want to do is I want to duplicate that clip, and there is a keyboard shortcut to do that. In Windows, it is Ctrl+Shift+Drag. Notice that's at the end of the track right now, but as I go down to this track, it will appear here instead. Select as you go right up there at the end, you look to the right hand side of the track.
You will see I can't point at it because I need to keep my cursor and my mouse down. Now if I drag down to the next track, it moves there or here, it is going to move it here for right now, now we will let go. It adds that little duplication. I am going to back up for a second to show you one other methodology. I want to put a split there. I can instead of right-clicking here. I can go Clip, Split the Clip, to see now there is another way to do that besides right-clicking. So, now again, to drag this guy down a window, it is Ctrl Shift, but on a Mac, it is Command Shift, and now we will drag it down, and there we are. I want to go from this one to that one, and back to this one so it will be kind of weird to have this whole thunderstorm playing on top of this one.
That will make it much louder. Listen to this. It was too loud. So, I am going to take this portion, and slide it over to the right now. Now if I were just to go from one to the next, it might be kind of abrupt. Let us see. Right. That was kind of abrupt. There was actually some space there, not a good thing. So, I am going to zoom in on the timeline here by pressing the plus key a couple times, here we go. I want to make a cross fade from this track to this track so there is a smooth transition between the two of them.
So, I need to slide this guy over a little bit, so they have kind if overlapped. And then I can cross fade from this one to this one. So, I am going to zoom in a bit, some more, click on the little rubber band to make a keyframe, does not change anything. It just puts a keyframe there. Now I need to click on this end, but I cant because this little Edit thing is in the way, but I can drag it out of the way. When I click on this end, and drag it down like that, so that is going to fade out, but it will still be abrupt here. It will be too loud. So, I want to be able to fade this guy up. So, I want to click here, click here.
I am going to drag this one down, adjust this guy back to 0, more or less. And I will try. That will cross fade. It should be smooth. Yeah, a little bit of tweak there as I went by, so we will try and make it a little less abrupt. We are going to -- but it will happen here. I can duplicate this over and over. Let me press the backslash key. I can take this, and I can put up there, back and forth, back and forth, but after a while people are going to go I have heard that thunder before by the way, you are duplicating that thunder, are you not my friend.
So, let me just go over here to this other thunderstorm. I am going to show you how you can actually duplicate something within a file and add that to a Multitrack session, so here is this thunder clap kind of a sharper one, so I am going to select that by dragging along there. Now that it is selected, I can copy it, so I can go Edit, Copy or Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac, and it will have copy it.
We will go back to the Multitrack session. I want to put it down on this track here. So, to do that, I need to select that track, now I want to put it over here a little ways. Now that if I select this track, and I go Edit, Paste. It will add it right down, here is another one, so I am going to slide this guy over. We have got 3 thunder claps here. Now believe it or not, it is different, but it sounded similar didn't it. Well that is just the way it goes, Let me just slide it over.
So, that it will expand it a little bit here, and we will do another cross fade. Try and slide it out of the way, click on here to drag it down. We can do the same thing here. Drag it up. Oops, did not mean to do that, changed the volume level. Drag you up like that, and drag it down here. We are creating a cross fade. So, what I have shown you here is that you can -- oops, probably dropped a little too fast, but you get to sense that all this works. What I am trying to show you here basically is that you can split clips.
You can move those split portions around to other tracks or within the same track, and then you can actually copy and paste things that you selected from a file, and add those directly into a multitrack session, and then after you do that, you can cross fade from one track to the next.
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