Better workflow with workspaces

Many people overlook one of the most powerful tools that Adobe Audition CS5.5 offers: The ability to configure the interface so you can focus on the tasks you need to perform most, and switch quickly between the tools most important to you.

If you’ve spent time with any of the CS products, you are probably familiar with how easy it is to customize panels in the application window by dragging, resizing, grouping, docking, and floating them.

If you haven’t yet tapped in to this extremely useful technique, you can quickly learn how to do it by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post, “Customizing Workspaces.”

Audition goes one step farther by letting you configure multiple arrangements of panels, called workspaces. Here are examples of two of the default workspaces, one designed for mastering a video session, the other aimed at configuring an interview for radio broadcast.

 

This workspace has analysis tools such as the Frequency Analysis and Phase Meter panels ready to go.

This workspace has analysis tools such as the Frequency Analysis and Phase Meter panels ready to go.

This workspace has the Markers and Playlist panels open, so the editor can mark sections and rearrange them easily.

This workspace has the Markers and Playlist panels open, so the editor can mark sections and rearrange them easily.

As different as these two workspaces are, you can quickly switch between them by selecting Window > Workspace, then choosing the workspace you want.

If you have your own configuration of panels that suits your workflow, you can save it as a custom workspace by selecting Window > Workspace > New Workspace. . . . Workspaces appear in numerical and alphabetical order in the Workspace menu.

For the ultimate in flexibility, configure a custom workspace for each of your most common tasks. Then assign a Keyboard Shortcut to each one, so you can switch between them instantly. You can assign Keyboard Shortcuts to as many as nine different workspaces. Just select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, then open up the Workspace category at the bottom of the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.

 

You'll find the Keyboard Shortcuts menu item near the bottom of the Edit menu.

You'll find the Keyboard Shortcuts menu item near the bottom of the Edit menu.

 

Workspaces are located at the end of the list in the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog. You can see key commands that have already been assigned to workspaces, and you can edit or remove commands easily.

Workspaces are located at the end of the list in the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog. You can see key commands that have already been assigned to workspaces, and you can edit or remove commands easily.

You can assign keyboard shortcuts to the first nine workspaces in the Workspace menu, so consider numbering your workspaces so they appear at the top of the list.

Taking advantage of the flexibility of workspaces in Audition CS5.5 can make a significant improvement to your audio workflow.

For details on resizing, grouping, docking, and floating panels, read this help document, “Customizing Workspaces.”

 

 

 

One Response to Better workflow with workspaces

  1. Drazick says:

    Will you enable Pixel Bender in Adobe Audition?