In this video, Paul Murphy gives an overview of the Multitrack Editor in Adobe Audition.
- [Instructor] So far, we've focused on editing individual audio files directly using the Waveform Editor. And while this is an important aspect of Audition, really, I do most of my work using the Multitrack Editor. In this mode, I can cut audio files to tracks, mix them together, cut them up, move them around, and tweak their effects, all without making any permanent changes to the files themselves. The first time you look at the Multitrack Editor, it can be pretty overwhelming with all the buttons and controls, but it's not so confusing once you get to know it.
Firstly, I should say, although it may seem like there are a lot of controls on screen, each track has identical controls. So these buttons here are the same as these buttons here, and so on down the line. As with the Waveform Editor, I can zoom horizontally by using the plus and minus keys. And if you have a mouse wheel or scroll enabled for your mouse, you can also zoom vertically by hovering your mouse over what's known as the track headers, and scrolling up and down with your mouse wheel. I can also adjust the height of an individual track by moving my mouse in between the bottom divider here and dragging down.
Or if I want my track to fill the entire Multitrack Editor, I just need to select it, and I know this is selected because it's a lighter gray than the other tracks. And then I'll go down to this button here, which is Zoom Selected Track. You'll see there's also a shortcut there, shift + /. And this is also a toggle command, so if I click it again, I go back to my previous view. The track header is where all the settings for each track live. And I can rename these just by clicking on the name of the track, and I'll call this Sound Effects 01.
And I'll go down and call this one Music. And I can also arrange the order of these tracks just by clicking this colored part of the header and dragging to a new location. And you'll see this blue line that I'm getting here is actually the new location for this track. Across the top right of each track, we have these buttons M, S, R, and I, and R and I are grayed out. M is for muting the track. So if I don't want to hear what's on this track, I'll just click this button here. S is for Solo, so in effect it will mute every other track except this one.
Although, now that I've got Mute and Solo on at the same time, I'm not listening to anything at all, so I'll just turn off Mute. And next to these, I have Record and Monitor Input, which is this I here. And both these buttons are used for recording in the Multitrack Editor, and I'll discuss them in another video. Next up, we have these three controls here. Although actually, they're only one control, and that is the volume of the track. So although all the clips on this track have different volume levels, I can also turn up and down the clips on this track just by using this nob here, or I can also type in the change that I want.
So if I wanted to turn all of this up by six decibels, I would just type six, and now everything's been turned up six decibels. Next to this, is the Pan control. And since the master output for this session is stereo, I can pan all the clips to either the left channel or to the right channel. And if you find that this little nob is not moving fast enough, you can hold the Shift key down, and you'll find that you get a lot more speed in turning this dial. If you need to turn this back to center Pan, just hold the Option or Alt key on a PC, and then click the nob and it will go back to zero.
Underneath this, we have our Input selection, which again refers to recording with the Multitrack Editor, and the Output. And at the moment, our Output is set to the Master track, but we'll go into some other options later when we discuss mixing with buses and sends. And you'll notice at the very bottom of our track here, we have the Master track, and this is where all the other tracks in our session are ultimately being routed to. You can't add clips to this track. And, as you'll notice, it has all the same controls as these other tracks, except it doesn't have the Record or Monitor Input, and that's because you can't record directly to this track either.
So if I wanted to turn the volume up for all of these tracks here, rather than setting all of these levels individually, I could just go to the Master and say I wanted to turn everything else up 12 decibels. And now all of these tracks have been turned up 12 decibels by adjusting the Master track. So this is really just a quick overview of the Multitrack Editor to help familiarize yourself with the interface and make it less overwhelming the next time you open a multitrack session.
- 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.