In this video, Paul Murphy gives an overview of the Essential Sound panel in Adobe Audition.
- [Instructor] Before we dive into working with effects in Audition, first, I want to show you a panel that's dedicated to commonly-used effects in audio mixing, called the Essential Sound panel. If you can't see this panel over here on the right, you can quickly get to it by going up to your Window menu and selecting Essential Sound. Although, you can also get to it the way that I did, by going to my workspace flyout menu here and selecting Essential Video Mixing. And this is a layout that's good for working with video files and long sessions, and the Essential Sound panel at the same time.
So if you've ever used the Lumetri panel for color work in Premiere Pro before, it's a very similar approach. The idea behind it is to simplify the audio mixing process and make it more intuitive for people who are not sound engineers. So let's take a look at how this works. The first thing to note is that this panel is only available to me if I'm in the Multitrack session. If I was to select one of these clips and double-click it, you'll notice that the panel is now grayed out, and we can't use it. So I'll go back and select Multitrack to make sure I'm in this view here.
The methodology behind Essential Sound is pretty simple. All I need to do is select a clip or multiple clips at the same time, and then I go over here and assign a mix type. So these four items here are the most common elements of a mix, the dialogue, the music, the sound effects, and the ambience or background sound. Since we've selected a clip on our dialogue track here, I'm going to select Dialogue as our mix type. And now, based on that assignment, I'm presented with a range of settings that are specific to working with dialogue.
Not only that, but the order of everything is designed to lead you through the mixing process. So, logically, the first thing you would do when you're working on some dialogue, is try and unify the loudness, followed by repairing any sound issues with it, and then you'd move on to improving the clarity of that sound. And I can check and uncheck these boxes here, and I can turn on particular effects that I want, and I can adjust the settings of these effects just with these sliders here, just by dragging them up or down. It's a much simpler interface that makes working with these effects much easier than having to understand the intricacies and nuances of each particular effect.
Once you've assigned a mix type to something, if I was to deselect this, and now I can't remember what I'd assigned as my dialogue here in my session, I can very easily select it again just by going up to my Edit menu, going down to Select, and all the way down the bottom here, I have Clips of Mix Type. If I select Dialogue, it's going to select that clip again. But the great thing is that the Essential Sound panel is not an effect in itself. It's actually adding built-in effects and adjusting their settings in the background. So you'll notice over here, I have my Effects Rack open.
And just by clicking these boxes over here, it's automatically added the Dynamics Processing and Graphic Equalizer effect to my Effects Rack, and this will happen whenever I add another effect here. Now it's added the Hard Limiter over here. And if I double-click one of these effects, I can actually see the changes that that slider is making to the effect. In fact, I can see it in real time. If I drag this slider over to the right and over to the left, you can see the different changes that it's making to that effect. So it's not only a good way to pass this session on to a sound engineer, but it's also a good way to learn about some of the ways of using these effects as well.
So if you're new to sound, the Essential Sound panel lets you focus on what sounds good. But if this session was then passed on to a sound engineer afterwards, they would have access to all the parameters of the original effect, so they can make any necessary tweaks to the final mix. So that's just an overview of the Essential Sound panel. In the following videos, I'll focus a bit more closely on the settings of each mix type.
- 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