A week or two ago, some Audition users at a major entertainment company (we wish we could say who, but we can’t!) got in touch with us with some questions about whether the new version of Audition could support a legacy workflow. Not surprisingly, the answer was “yes!”—so we thought we’d share the info, in case some of you have similar questions.
These folks create audio that gets played back on a number of different devices, some of which have specialized requirements—and they needed to be able to export raw PCM files from Audition. Audition 3 supported this capability—but Audition CS5.5 did not.
Happily for these customers—and maybe you too—one of the areas we focused on for Audition CS6 was expanding the range of file formats we support for both import and export. Now you can import and export any format supported by the open source libsndfile library (http://www.mega-nerd.com/libsndfile/), which includes a whole BUNCH of audio file formats, from the esoteric to the widely-used:
- *.pcm (There it is! Easy to miss on such a long list.)
Of all of these formats, the ones we got the most requests to add support for were FLAC and OGG—so to make them more visible, we gave them each their own line item in the export format drop down. It’s all the same under the hood, so doesn’t matter which route you choose.
In addition, we added support—for the first time ever—for importing and exporting *.mp2 audio files, which is still widely used as a standard in radio. And we also added support for the fabulously-named Monkey’s Audio format, *.ape.
Need to work with WMA and WMV files? They’re supported through the Dynamic Link Media Server, which is turned off by default to keep performance zippy. To turn it on, go to the Media & Disk Cache pane of the Preferences dialog, and check the Enable DLMS Format Support option. We’ll go into more detail about DLMS in a future blog post about expanded video format support in Audition.
So, let’s say you’ve picked libsoundfile as your export format. The next step is customizing your export settings: click on the Change button next to the Format Settings display area, then choose whichever format you need; you can also choose from a variety of encoding options.
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