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Adobe Audition - More Than Just an Audio Editor

Adobe Audition is a powerful audio editing program that also records audio. It has a multi-track screen that allows you to mix multiple tracks as well as add midi virtual instruments and other audio effects. Because of its full functionality, Adobe Audition is considered "fully-featured."

Adobe Audition

Adobe purchased the software development company Syntrillium in 2003. They changed its name to Audition and kept using the same program. Before that time, the software was known as Cool Edit Pro. Creative Suite 5.5 or CS 5.5 is a package of programs created by Adobe that includes AA 4.0, the latest version of the program at the time of its creation in 2011. There were three versions of AA before this revision, and Adobe combined the program into their Creative Suite package due to conflicting versions existing.

As a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, the software can be considered a must-have.

Before the creation of Cool Edit, audio editing was referred to as digital audio workstation or DAW. It's essentially a software program that allows you to record and mix multiple tracks of audio, usually with additional video and musical tracks. The name is appropriate because the program's original intended purposes were to edit audio files— either mono or stereo — without altering the originally recorded file. Files always end up with a different result from the one they started with. This is similar to editing a Word document; when making changes to a Word file's grammar, spelling or layout, the changes are saved as a new file. Opening a Word file and making changes to its content would then appear as a new file in the opened window.

Multi-track functionality was added to Syntrillium at some point. This blended in well with other features already implemented by the software. Users could toggle between multi-track and editing modes by clicking a button on the interface. In the later stages of the program's evolution, additional features were added to the multi-track functionality. However, this led to complications and decreased functionality with regards to MIDI. Consequently, I switched to using Cockos' Reaper when the program launched in 2006. I still use Audition for editing and mastering purposes despite my decision to use another DAW for general use.

As a publisher, I function as an Editor.

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When asked what Cool Edit Pro's expertise was, the correct answer is "audio editing." This is because Audition is an audio editor that offers additional multi-track functionality.

The original and primary function of Reaper is "DAW." It's a recording program designed from the ground up to handle multiple tracks. Audition was meant to be a lean, efficient program with minimal bloat compared to other competitors. As a result, it served as my studio’s editor instead.

Quality is the most important aspect of my job as an editor. I take pride in my work when my articles are about Audition and it helps me get my point across when I explain that I prefer working in single-track mode. It was probably the combined effects of Synthillium and Adobe that caused this effect in me. Regardless, when I’ve finished recording and mixing several tracks into a final product, my brain automatically switches to editing mode.

After importing a file into Audition created in Reaper, I begin working on the project. My goal is to improve the audio by eliminating various noise and inconsistencies, such as clicks associated with saliva in the mouth. I also want to reduce extreme highs and lows in the audio. The tool I use most often in Audition is the Gain Control tool— it's what I love most about the program. By using this, you can instantly adjust the overall volume of only the current audio selection. This tool also provides the option to select everything and adjust its volume. Additional functionality is also available when using this tool; it affects all audio selections. This tool has saved me a lot of time. Before I had access to it, I had to choose some audio and input a number that modified the gain. Then I tried different trial-and-errors until I got it right. With this tool's drag-to-reveal functionality, I can see how my audio changes as soon as I start holding down the mouse button and swiping. I love that I can make adjustments while holding the button down. Once I have the button where I want it, just let go and the adjustment is made. I’ve also mentioned that I love this.

I often use Audition to quickly add or remove silences in my audio files. I can also adjust the length of breaks between dialogue lines. I use the Favorites toolbar to create an equalization curve that cuts out low bass frequencies. I just have to choose the "P" sound portion of the audio file, then click the "P-pop" control I created on my Favorites toolbar. After that, the next step is taken care of.

To ensure every audio clip reaches its maximum volume without distortion, I ensure that the entire audio file is normalized. This process raises the gain of the audio until it reaches the loudest sound in the recording. After timing is complete and sounds are just as I want them, I declare normalization complete.

ADAPT1 can be summed up in a few words: Adobe Audition is my primary audio editing program. Many people use it as their sole audio editor. It really depends on your personal workflow—how you like to work— when making this decision. When I provide a recommendation these days, I start with only Reaper. There's no need to use an external editor for what Reaper can accomplish on its own. If additional editors are needed, consider using Adobe Audition.