Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video A tour of the interface, part of Soundbooth CS4 Getting Started.
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 is a digital audio Editor that makes it easy for anyone to record, edit, mix and repair audio files. Its aimed to creative professionals who don't specialize in audio editing and who may not need all the advanced capabilities of a program like Adobe Audition. In this movie, I am going to walk you through the interface, so you can get your bearings and start using Soundbooth as effectively and efficiently as possible. Now, just so we have something to look at instead of an empty interface here, let's import a file. I have copied the file Interview_01.mov to my Desktop from the Exercise Files folder and this is an unedited video clip of two surfers. So Soundbooth can work with the audio and video files or just audio files by themselves. To bring this into Soundbooth, I am going to choose File > Open and out of my Desktop I'll just select interview_01 and open that up.
I will talk about some other ways to get files in the Soundbooth in the next movie. So I can see the file I am working with is listed here in the Files panel, interview_01.mov, and the audio from the file itself is shown here in the Editor area and it's represented by these peaks and valleys that you see here known as the waveform, which is a visual representation of audio. Now, in case if your Soundbooth doesn't look quite like mine., let's first talk about Soundbooth's workspace layouts. I am currently looking at Soundbooth in its Default workspace layout. In this layout, the Files panel is opened over here, which lists all the sound files you're currently working with and the main area where you actually work with your files again is called the Editor.
Also opened in the Default Soundbooth layout is the Tasks panel which contains several commonly performed tasks that you will probably find yourself frequently using like, Clean Up Audio, Remove a Sound and so on and we will take a look at a couple of these a little bit later. Down here at the bottom, we have the Video panel open, which popped up because I am working with the video file, but if you are working with just an audio file, you will generally just have the History panel open up by default and the History panel keeps track of everything that you do to your file and we'll talk about this a little bit later as well. At the very top here, kind of tucked away is our Tools panel and this is the way you'll access all the various tools that you'll need to work with your files.
So this is the default Soundbooth layout. There are a couple of other layouts you might want to check out depending on the project you are working on. Here under the Window menu, you can go to Workspace, then we have things like Edit Audio to Video, which is the layout to use if you are working with the audio of a video track, and you can see here that it it displays the video portion of the clip up here and the audio portion down here at the bottom. We also have Window > Workspace > Edit Score to Video, which looks very similar, but this is useful if you want to edit sound effects or music to a video clip and it looks very similar to the other layout, but you can see that it opens up the Scores panel here and we'll talk about that a little bit later as well.
I am going to switch back to the Default layout. Notice by the way that it's very easy to get to the other panels that are available in Soundbooth from this layout like the Effects panel. You can just pop over there and this contains tons of different effects you can apply to your clips. Again, we can see we can jump to the Video panel. Generally, you can get to any panel that you need from the Default layout and if you don't see the panel that you need, if you accidentally closed it for instance, just go to the Window menu and you'll find all the panels here and you can just select them to open them. Notice that they all have corresponding keyboard commands as well, if you are into opening panels with keyboard commands.
And also note by the way that the Workspace menu up here gives you access to the same workspace layouts. So that's an overview of the Soundbooth CS4 interface. Of course each one of these panels has its own sets of buttons and menus, but we'll cover many of those as we work away through the rest of the movies. In the next movie, I am going to show you more ways of importing files into Soundbooth. So for now, I am going to select this video file that we brought in and I am just going to click the Trash icon here to delete it out of Soundbooth, so we have a nice empty panel to start with in the next movie.
- Touring the interface
- Equalizing the volume of captured and imported sound clips
- Inserting and working with scores
- Exporting audio to a variety of formats