Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Meeting 64-bit Adobe Audition, part of Audition CC Essential Training.
This is Adobe Audition. It is a 64-bit application now, which means that it'll only work on a truly 64-bit operating system. And it'll only support 64-bit VST files. The benefit of being 64-bit, is that it maximizes the use of resources your computer has to offer. In particular, it maximizes the use of system memory or RAM. A 32-bit application, which is until recently the historical standard for computing, can only really work with up to 3 gig of memory, which is quite a lot, it has to be said. But if you're working with really large sessions in Audition, you may find that you start to hit the limit and then the performance begins to drop. So it's quite a big deal that this application is now 64-bit. For new users it must be acknowledged that Audition can begin to look like a wall of buttons.
You see we've got different parts of the interface here, they're not very strongly delineated. However, if I click into any of these panels, we begin to get an orange outline to show us which panel we're working with. Audition is a software application like any other. You install it on your system and it works Mac or PC, exactly the same. And the files that it works with are perfectly compatible between those two operating systems. In many ways, Audition is like two applications in one. Right now, I'm up in this Multi-track view which gives me access to a Multi-track Session Editor, here we are, where I can have multiple lines of audio, multiple lanes if you like.
Each different track here with a different piece of sound on it and they combine to produce a mix. If I click on the Play button here you can hear a little of this. (MUSIC). Click Stop, and again this behaves very much like any kind of playback system but I'm hearing multiple pieces of audio combined. It's a pretty advanced interface. If I Zoom In with my mouse I can scroll and get access to multiple additional controls. And like many things, when you first see these, it can be a bit overwhelming.
It's just a huge amount of new information. But once you know what each of these controls are for, it's very simple because every track is a copy of the next one. All of the controls here are the same as all of the controls here. It's perhaps helpful if you think of the interface as being split into 2 modes. And, in fact, it's 2 halves. Right now, I'm in the Multi-track mode. The right hand half is showing me my Multi-track Session Editor. And at the bottom, I've got levels, meters and some timing information. If I click to switch over to the Waveform display, the left half of the screen pretty much stays the way it is. The right half changes to show me an individual audio file. And I can see this in Audition both as a classic Waveform. So the bigger the spikes the louder the sound is and time goes from left to right just as it does, for what it's worth, in the Multi-track Session Editor. But I also have this spectral frequency display and this is showing me the amplitude information for different frequencies.
It's very beautiful, but it's given me also very important information about where the loudest parts of the sound are in terms of frequency. Up at the top is high frequency, down near the bottom is low notes. And I can use this information to work on my audio, clean up sounds and make adjustments. So when working with Adobe Audition, you're likely to be switching between these modes quite a lot. Organizing your media on the left, working on your files on the right. You'll notice along the top we've got File, Edit, Multi-track. Several menus with additional options on them but most of the time you'll be working just with the buttons in the main part of the interface. Notice also along the top here, we have some specific tools for working on our audio.
For example I can select a Brush tool. Let me just re-size a bit. I can select an area within my spectral frequency display and just work on those particular frequencies. So I'm making very precise adjustments to my audio. You'll use Adobe Audition to work on audio and add special effects. There's a whole range of effects you can apply; clean up audio, shift the pitch, change the duration and more. In the multi-track mode, you'll combine those audio files to produce music compositions, soundtrack for films or even just things like clean voice-over with background sounds. When you're working in the Waveform view, the changes that you make are destructive.
That means that you'll actually be modifying the files on your hard drive. This is why it's common practice to Save As a lot. That means saving a copy of the file you're working on in a different file, so you've got the original as a backup if you need it. That's the Waveform view, it's destructive. In the Multi-track view, everything you do is non-destructive. You can still do things like change the amplitude of your audio, add special effects. You've got a whole range of effects, the same ones as you have in the Waveform Display but they're real time. That means that your CPU is doing the work during playback which is not always easy to do.
It depends on how powerful your machine is. And you may find that, depending on the speed of your computer, there's a limit to the number of effects that you can apply or the number of tracks of audio that you can play simultaneously. So Audition is a comprehensive professional post production audio editing system. It also provides direct to disk recording allowing you to record onto multiple tracks simultaneously if you want to, provided you have the right hardware. As well as being professional and having all of these advanced controls, Audition has that finesse that Adobe applications all have.
You can really tell that Adobe worked hard to make this an intuitive user experience, and also to maintain the design motifs that are standard across all of the Adobe Creative applications. So there it is, Adobe Audition.
Check out the new chapter, "2015 Creative Cloud New Features," for information on the latest features and enhancements in Audition CC.
- Introducing Adobe Audition
- Important audio terminology
- Importing and managing media files
- Working with sound files
- Making standard waveform audio adjustments
- Adding special effects to a file
- Cleaning up audio
- Multitrack editing
- Integration and output
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 06/19/2015. What changed?
A: We added one new chapter covering the 2015 enhancements to Audition CC.