Using Audition to save sections of a long audio file into separate files

As anyone familiar with Audition already knows, its depth of features and functionality can sometimes be overwhelming. Because of this we often hear users explain how they stumble upon a time-saving feature they never realized had always been there in the application. One of these “hidden” features we hear of most often is the ability to batch export marker ranges as individual files.
This feature is most useful for splitting a long recording into several individual assets, but it can also be used to create unique copies of the sections of audio that are most important within any open audio file. Here’s an example of how this works.

  1. Open an audio file into the Edit view of Audition.
  2. Go to Window > Marker List to open the Markers Panel.
  3. Select a section of audio that you would like to export as its own file.
  4. Click the F8 key on your keyboard or click the “Add Marker” button in the Markers Panel.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each section of audio you wish to export as a new file.
  6. When you are done marking each section, go to the Markers Panel and give each marker its own name (Label) or leave them with the default generic marker labels.
  7. Select the marker ranges you wish to export (CTRL or SHIFT + click each marker).
  8. Click the “Batch Export Marker Regions” button which is at the bottom of the Markers Panel with a floppy disk icon. If this button is disabled it means you either do not have any markers selected or you have individual point markers chosen and not ranges (range markers will always have a begin and end time).
  9. When the Batch Process Marker Ranges dialog appears you can choose to either “Save to files”, or add a certain amount of silence to the start and end of each marker. For the purpose of this walk-through, choose “Save to files”.
  10. Next, you can choose if you want to use the Marker label as the filename, or set your own Prefix and Sequence Start number for all exported files.
  11. Once you have the naming convention chosen, choose the destination of where the individual files will be saved and set your export format and options.
  12. Click OK to export your new audio files.
  13. Browse to the folder you exported your new files to and take the next steps to burn them to CD, email them to clients, archive them for later or continue editing each asset in Audition.

This is a feature that has been around since the days of Cool Edit Pro and continues to be a hidden gem for many of our customers. Hopefully this post gets enough exposure to help more of you find and take advantage of this time saving batch export feature in Audition.
Ron Day
Quality Engineering Lead

9 Responses to Using Audition to save sections of a long audio file into separate files

  1. anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for Audition 4. I hope Adobe always continues this product. It’s a very unique piece of software.

  2. Marcus says:

    I can’t wait for Audition 4 for OS X. Seriously, it’s maddening having to use Soundbooth.

  3. RJ McNicol says:

    Great tip, I forgot about this one from the old Cool Edit Days.

  4. Jeramiah says:

    Seriously Ron, Audition is the best program for sound design for games, it does everything so well, i also can’t wait for version 4

  5. Josh Rath says:

    Thank you SO MUCH. At the station I work for, one of our 4 hour shows recently changed the way it was delivered. Instead of 3 segments per hour, they sent it in 4 1 hour segments that we are supposed to split up. And on our production machine, which is 6 years old, was taking forever. This way is so much easier. Thanks again!

  6. Jon says:

    Forgive my naivete, but why can’t I find a way to do this with multiple tracks? If I have a live recording of a one-hour set recorded onto eight tracks and want to extract the tracks for one song to a new session, what is the normal method?

  7. BigJonMX says:

    So i follow the instructions and place numerous ‘cue markers.
    Now i discover it should be Range Markers – so i have to convert each one at a time, and then specify the end point, again for each one, even though i already have markers where i want them.
    Jeeze – could you get the instructions clear and correct. Or, include a simple conversion tool for what is a most common mistake.

    • Ron Day says:

      Sorry for the confusion with this. The steps do say “Select a section of audio..” and we hoped that would be clear. When you make a selection and add a marker, we always create a marker range around that audio selection. If you do want to add single point markers, you can do that and then open the markers panel, select all markers, and use the “Merge” button to automatically create ranges (no need to re-do everything).

  8. Michael says:

    Hi, My name is Michael Makwela working at Gauteng Provincial Legislature an I work as a Recorder, so I would like you guys to help me with how we mark segments and be exported as each segments during recording as we record meeting and need to be transcribed.