In this video, Paul Murphy takes a tour of the user interface in Adobe Audition.
- [Instructor] Let's begin by taking a tour of Audition's interface. I'll be covering all these areas in much more detail throughout this course. This is just a quick overview to help you get oriented. Now I'm on a Mac, so I'm going to open Audition by using my applications folder. But whether you're on a Mac or PC, the application is virtually the same. Now we're in Audition. Like most of Adobe Creative Cloud Applications, we have this single window here that's divided into separate panels. Some of these panels are actually on top of each other, like these two here, if I click Favorites, I'm now looking at my Favorites panel, and now I'm back to my Files panel.
Down here I actually have so many panels in the one group that I actually have this fly-out menu here. If I click this, I have additional panels that I can't see in this tabbed layout at the moment. So I can click here to get to my media browser. But also, there are some panels that aren't being displayed at all, and if go over to my Window menu at the top here, and click these, you'll see that anything that has a check next to it is something that we're seeing at the moment. If I wanted to see another panel, I could just click it and now I can see that Match Loudness Panel over here.
Now at the moment, I'm using the default workspace. If your panel layout doesn't look like mine, you can quickly get to this just by going up the top and clicking the Default Workspace up here. Let's take a look at what some of these panels are doing. First, I think I'll start with the Media Browser, which as we saw I can get to just by clicking out this fly-out, I'll go to the Media Browser. This is something you might be familiar with if you've used Premiere before. This allows you to browse and preview audio files before you import them into Audition. In order to get to the folder that I want to get to, I'm just going to click this little divider here and drag to the right, so I can see what's on my computer a little bit better.
I'm going to go into our exercise file folder and now I actually need to get to these files over here, so I'm just going to click and drag it back. I'm going to go to our first folder here, one getting to know. I'll double click this to open it. Here we have these dot SESX files, which is Audition's multi-track session file format. I think I'll just open this first file here, and to do that I just double click it. So now we've loaded that session in Audition and if you go up to your Files Panel at the top here, you'll see we have all these files loaded.
At the top we have our dot SESX file that we just opened, and beneath that we have all the audio files that are actually being used in the session at the moment. It's important to note that when I import a file into this panel, the file isn't moved anywhere, it's simply linking to the original location of the file on your hard drive. Now if you have a long list of files here in your Files Panel, it does become a little bit difficult to navigate and find the files that you want, but we do have this handy search box at the top, so if I just click in here, and maybe I'll type the word Jim.
Now only the files with the word Jim in it are appearing in my Files Panel. Of course, if I wanted to go back to looking at everything again, all I need to do is go back to my search box, and just click this little "X" here, and now I've cleared the search and I can see everything here. This big panel over here is the editor, and this actually has two different views. At the moment, I'm looking at the multi-track editor, which allows me to edit and mix multiple audio files together, and I can play this session back just by going down to the bottom, and clicking the Play button.
- [Man] There's so many veterans out there, that if you took each veteran individually-- - [Instructor] And I can stop it by clicking Stop. If I go to one of these clips here on the session, maybe I'll go to this highlighted one here, and just double click it. Well now I'm actually in the waveform editor, which is for working on individual files. If I play this back, maybe I won't use the Play button this time, this time I'll use the spacebar. - [Man] You get that emotional bond with people, and you really see this stuff first hand. - [Instructor] And spacebar again to stop. So now I'm only listening to one file.
Both the waveform editor and the multi-track editor are where we'll be doing most of our work. I'll discuss this in more depth in the next video. For now, I'll return back to my multi-track editor and I can do that just by going up to the top here, you can see we've got waveform selected at the moment, if I click multi-track, it just takes us back to our multi-track session. Let's take a look at some of the other panels that we might regularly use here. Over here next to the Media Browser, we have our Effects Rack, where you can add multiple effects to your clips or your tracks.
Over here down the bottom we have our Levels Panel. This is used for monitoring the volume of your file, so for example, if I was to play this back. - Trends. - Yo Joe? - [Instructor] You can see I'm getting this indication here of how loud my file is. Just press spacebar to stop. Another panel that I use a lot is actually hiding over here behind the History Panel, and that's the Video Panel, because of course, we actually have a video track that's playing with the rest of our audio here. It's looking a little small at the moment, but I can actually make this bigger just by moving my mouse in between these two panels here, and I just click and drag up, and that's going to make this panel smaller, and this panel bigger.
So now, if I play back somewhere on my session here, you'll see that we have the video running in sync at the same time. - [Man] Leadership when you see it. And that's why leadership by example is so, so important. - [Instructor] Okay, so this is just a brief overview of the panels in Adobe Audition, but we'll cover all these topics in more detail as we go on. In the next video, we'll take a closer look at the Editor Panel.
- Customizing a workspace
- Importing a Premiere Project
- Removing unwanted sounds
- Importing audio and video files
- Reviewing audio terminology
- Working with the Waveform Editor
- Cleaning and repairing audio
- Creating a multitrack session
- Recording audio
- Using the Essential Sound panel
- Working with effects
- Exporting a session to OMF and XML
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/04/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: importing video files and what's new in Audition CC 2018. In addition, new videos were added that cover importing a sequence in Audition and using the tracks panel.