Join Sven-Erik Seaholm for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with panels and dockable palettes, part of Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training.
Adobe Soundbooth's panels and dockable palettes provide an instinctual way of finding your way through the many features that reside in the program's interface. Let's take a look at how they work. As you can see we're pretty much set into our default workspace. But let's say we don't want to have all these different panels cluttering up our workspace like for instance, we are probably not going to be working with Resource Central or Scores in this project and Tasks as well. However, we would like to take the Effects and keep them up next to our files.
So if I click on the Tab of the Effects panel and move it up, you can see that it's making this little purple shape here. And what this means is, that if I move it to the top then the Effects is going to be the top most panel. Whereas, if I were to move it into the center here, it's going to be right there next to Files and if I move it over to the left and let go, you can see that it's put them side by side. But, I want them to be right next to each other tab wise. So I am going to drag it over where the Files is, in the center here and let go and now you can see that Files and Effects are together.
I would also like to put my History panel there and my Markers. I am going to close Properties because I don't really think I am going to need that or the Video right now. And now what I have are my four most used panels for this project. I really like the way this workflow looks and so I want to keep it, so that I can go to it easily next time. So I am going to go over to Window > Workspace. And I am going to make a New Workspace, and I am going to call it My Workspace. Say OK.
Okay. So let's say I have been working there for a while but I need to go back to the default, I will just go back to the Default, and Reset Default, say yes, and now I am back to where I was before. Okay. So let's say I decided OK, you know I really don't want to be on the Default Workspace, I want My Workspace back. I just go up to Window > Workspace, and there is My Workspace that I load up. And there I am, ready to work the way I like to work.
As you can see it's very handy to be able to take any of these panels and put them in any configuration you would like, and then save that for later use. Taking the time to make yourself familiar with the panels and dockable palettes will help you to understand the Soundbooth interface more easily as you dig deeper into the program.
- Understanding digital audio terms and concepts
- Learning and customizing the workspace
- Cleaning up hisses, rumbles, clicks, and pops
- Working with distortion, equalizers, reverb, and other effects
- Setting up markers and Flash cue points
- Making high-quality recordings