Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing audio files, part of Audition CS6 Essential Training.
Let's take a look at how to get an existing file into Audition so you can work with it. As you're about to see, there are many, many ways to do this. So to start, as with almost all applications, you can go to the file menu and choose Open from here and then navigate to wherever the file is stored on your computer to open it. If you're on the keyboard shortcuts, there's also Command+O or Ctrl+O on Windows. And again, that's pretty standard across most applications. Let's cancel that for a moment. You could do the same thing from the Files panel by Clicking the Folder button right here. Again, you can see that opens the Open File window.
But in fact, you don't even have to Click the Folder button, just double-click in an empty area of the Files panel, and then you can look for your file. And, by the way, here's the Enable menu, and here you can see all the file formats that Audition accepts. As you can see, it's quite a few. I'm just going to keep All Supported Media selected. And I'll navigate that out to my Desktop here, and I'm going to choose this "interview mono" file. That opens the file in Audition. You can see that it now appears here in the Files panel, and it's also open in the Editor panel now. So, now I can see it's a waveform, and if I wanted to I could see it's a Spectral Frequency Display. And I'm free to play the file.
(male speaker: Well, we have one farm in Ojai--) Now, yet another way to bring a file into Audition is to simply drag it in. If you have a file sitting on your Desktop or some open Folder, just make sure you can see the Audition window and the file at the same time and then drag the file into the Editor panel, if you want to start working on it right away--or just drag it into the Files panel just to import it without opening it. And you probably noticed just now that Audition generated these PKF files, and I'll talk about what those are a little bit later. So again, drag a file into the editor area if you want to work on it right away.
Drag it in to the Files panel to bring it into Audition but not open it right away. If you have a bunch of files you're going to be working with, you could drag them all into the Files panel at once and then open each one as you need to. So the Files panel shows you all the files that are currently opened in Audition. To work with any particular file, you can just double-click it. So if I wanted to work on the stereo version of this file now, I could just double-click that. I can tell it's stereo because I see two waveforms here. You can also switch between open documents using this menu here at the top of the Editor. I have two files open, and they're both listed here right now. And this might be more useful if you have lots of files open.
It's a little easier to choose a file from a menu like this than it is to scroll up and down in the Files panel. Now, I think it's important to point out here that I haven't imported files into Audition or made copies of them that Audition is storing in a special Folder or anything like that. The version of the files I'm working on are the exact same files that are sitting out on my Desktop. So if I make any changes to the files and then Save, I'm going to be saving over the originals. So in some cases, there might be a good idea to make a copy of a file before you start working on it, just so you have a backup in case you ever want to or need to revert back to the original. And we'll be talking about how to make non-destructive edits to your files in this course, but if it's a particularly important file, it's still always a good idea to have a backup copy of the original.
I also want to emphasize that the files panel just shows you what you currently have open in Audition. It's not a library of assets that you can draw from. If I quit Audition right now, and I will, and then I reopen it, notice the Files panel is now empty. It's kind of like closing most Word Processors while you have a saved document open. When you reopen the Word Processor, you also have to reopen the document if you want to continue working on it. Now, if I made changes to the files and I haven't save them, I would have been prompted to do so before Audition quit. I'm just going to go ahead and drag these two files back in by selecting them and putting them in the Files panel.
So when you quit Audition, it closes your open files. You can also manually close the files by selecting them and then Clicking the Trash Can button. Now, I kind of don't like that this is a Trash icon because you're not really trashing the file. It's still sitting out here on my Desktop, as you can see. All you're doing when you Click the Trash Can Icon is you're closing that file in Audition. The file itself is still completely safe where it was originally. And if I wanted to, I can go back out and drag it back in. Now, I want to address something that can be a bit confusing about bringing files into Audition.
We know that we can choose File > Open to get to this window to browse for and open the file. Notice we also have File > Import file, but it's pretty much exactly the same as the Open File window. Similarly in the Files panel, we have the Open file button as well as the Import file button. But the fact of the matter is that there really is very little difference between these two options. The only difference between them is that choosing Open will open the file in the Editor panel so you can immediately start working on it, while import places the file in the Files panel but doesn't open it in the Editor.
It's kind of how like dragging the file into the Files panel doesn't open it in the Editor either, but that's pretty much it. That's the only difference. So if you're working on one file and then remember that you need to work on another file afterwards, you might want to use the import command to place the second file into the Files panel to remind yourself to get it to later. But if you're working on one file and want to immediately switch to working on a second file, use the open command and it will immediately open in the Editor. That's the only difference between the two. Okay, something else I want to point out about the Files panel is the bottom of the panel where we have these three buttons. These are used to preview the files.
If you have a lot of files, this could be convenient because that lets you listen to them without having to open them. Just select the file and Click the play button to preview it. (male speaker: Well, we have one farm in Ojai, where we've been since 1998--) The middle button here is the Loop button, which plays the selected file on a continuous loop. That might be useful if you have a short clip and you're trying to listen for a specific part or point in the audio. And the third button is the Auto-Play button. When you activate this button, it makes it so simply Clicking any file immediately plays it.
(male speaker: Well, we have one farm in Ojai--) This way you don't have to select the file and then Click the play button. This can make searching through a stack of files for a specific piece much faster. I'm just going to disable that for now. You probably will be going to turn off Auto Play most of the time, though, since that can be nuisance to have an audio file immediately play anytime you Click it. Lastly, I want to point out that anytime you have a file open, you can see that its main properties appear down here at the bottom of the window. You can see that the file is 48 kilohertz, 16-bit stereo, it's 8 & 1/2 megabytes in size and about 46 seconds in duration.
Over here I can see how much free space I have in my current hard drive. You can see some additional properties by opening the Properties panel. If you don't see it, you can go to Window Properties. It's usually tucked away here in this default layout. So some additional information here I can see is the format. It's a WAV file in 16-bit. I can see the path to exactly where it's located and so on. Okay, so that's the rundown of how to get an existing file into Audition and how to open it and check out its properties.
- Setting up the interface
- Setting up inputs and outputs
- Importing audio and video
- Understanding audio terminology, such as frequency and amplitude
- Adjusting clips in the Waveform Editor
- Cleaning and repairing audio
- Applying effects
- Working with tracks in the Multitrack Editor and Mixer panel
- Editing the soundtrack of video
- Performing surround mixing