Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing audio, part of Soundbooth CS4 Getting Started.
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Depending on the project you are working on, you may use several different ways of getting audio files into Soundbooth. As we saw in the first movie, you can simply choose File > Open to browse your computer for the file that you want to work with, just like you can with most all other applications. So in that example I opened up interview_01.mov and there it is. Now, you can also just drag the file you want into the Soundbooth window, either into the Editor area here or into the Files panel. So if I go out to my Desktop where my exercise files are and I want to grab this kyle_clip here and this is usually easier when there is more room for you to work with, but just adjust this a bit here. So I can drag this clip either into the Files panel, to add it there.
You can see it's opened up there. You can also drag the clips into the Editor area like so and in both cases, they are added to the Files panel. I usually try to drag files into the Files panel, because if you are working with a multitrack file, which is something we'll talk about a little bit later and you add the file you're dragging into the Editor area you might actually add that into your multitrack file, which may not be what you want to do. So just to be safe, I usually just drag the files into the Files panel. You'll also find an Open File button here right in the Files panel and by clicking on that, it's the exact same thing you get as when you choose File > Open.
I can just come in here and choose a clip and open it up. Now, you will also find next to that Import File, which looks very similar to Open Files, but the difference here is I can select the file, click Open, but you can see that it just adds it to my Files panel. It didn't actually open the file over here. I can see in the Editor, I am still looking at neil_clip.aif and I actually just imported ocean_sounds.aif. So the Import Files button can be useful when you want to bring in a bunch of files in the Soundbooth, but don't necessarily want to open and work with them right away. So I can hold down Shift here, maybe select these next two, click Open and you can see those are just added to my Files panel so I have access to them, but it didn't open them in my Editor area.
Now, since Soundbooth is part of the Adobe Creative Suite,it can, as you might expect, work seamlessly with audio and video files you are working with another applications like Premiere, After Effects, and Flash. For example, I have opened an empty Flash project here, that I just opened up and let me just show you how this works. I'm going to choose File > Import, and I will Import To Library and from my exercise files, I am going to choose the mp3 file called swell. This is just some music swelling louder and louder. (Music plays.) So this file is now imported into Flash, but let's say I wanted to edit it.
I can simply right-click on it and choose Edit With Soundbooth. That pops it over into Soundbooth and from here, I can do all kinds of edits and we'll take a look at some editing tools in the next movie. But let's just say, I wanted to trim this down to say right there. I will save that. And now when I go back to Flash, you can see it's actually working and when I go to play this now, (Music plays.) it actually did trim down that file. So it's very easy to roundtrip audio files from other Adobe applications into Soundbooth and back. Let's go back to Soundbooth.
Now, lastly, you are not limited to working with prerecorded audio in Soundbooth. You can also record your own audio directly into Soundbooth by clicking the Record button right down here. Now, you might have to adjust your settings, depending on what device you are trying to record or how your microphone is connected to your computer, but it's really easy to start recording a file right from here. You can see my voice is actually affecting the meter right here. So I'll just click the Record button and now I'm recording directly into Soundbooth. Hit Stop, close that and there is the file I've just recorded. I can play that back.
(Recording: And now I'm recording directly into Soundbooth.) So it's that easy to record directly into Soundbooth and you can see the file has been added here into my Files panel as an untitled recording. I don't really need that right now. I am just going to delete that. Also going to delete Swell. Okay, so those are just some of the many ways you can get audio into Soundbooth.
- Touring the interface
- Equalizing the volume of captured and imported sound clips
- Inserting and working with scores
- Exporting audio to a variety of formats