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New Add-ons marketplace for Audition

I wanted to share a new service available with the 2014 release of Audition CC, a third-party add-ons marketplace.  This online store offers third-party content, training, and services that support Adobe applications, and enables our users to market their own add-on content as well.  Currently, this includes Learn Adobe Audition CC, a video training course by Larry Jordan, and several amazing sound effects bundles produced by Precisionsound, with more free and paid content on the way!

You can visit Adobe Exchange by clicking this link, or by choosing Help > Browse Add-Ons… in the Audition menu bar.  If you are a content producer and are interested in participating, please visit the Producer Portal for detailed information and assistance in making your products available for sale, trial, or free to Adobe Creative Cloud members.

Sneak Peek: Upcoming new features in Adobe Audition CC!

The next major update of Adobe Audition CC is almost ready and on its way to a computer near you! I’d like to share what’s new with this release!  Read below, or view the sneak peak video on Adobe TV!

One of our primary themes with this release has been improving Multichannel audio workflows and to this extent, we’re excited to unveil native import and export of Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio files! No need for expensive plug-ins or additional licensing hoops, these multichannel transfer and delivery formats are as easy as opening an MP3. Dolby Digital (AC-3) supports up to 5.1 channels at 48KHz, and is the standard for multichannel DVD audio and broadcast television. Our implementation of Dolby Digital Plus supports up to 7.1 channels at 24-bit, for Blu-Ray and other distribution formats. Deep parameterization options enable advanced users to fine-tune the characteristics of their Dolby exports.

Dolby Digital Export Options Dialog

Dolby Digital Export Options Dialog

To support this workflow, users now have the ability to customize new audio files with custom channel configurations for new audio files. Previously, users were limited to mono, stereo, or 5.1 options when creating a new, empty audio file, unless they resorted to sneaky workarounds. Now, easily create custom channelizations, up to 32 unique channels, with industry-standard channel label options. As all Audition effects are channel-agnostic, you can easily generate sounds or apply effects to your entire file or selected channels.

Custom Channelization for New Audio Files

Custom Channelization for New Audio Files

Speaking of making things simpler, the Multitrack editor now includes many new features designed to improve organization of session contents, improve visibility, reduce strain, and minimize distractions when working with large sessions. While our last release introduced Track Colors, the application still selected the default color for all new tracks and clips. Our latest release introduces randomization of track colors for new or generated tracks. Content is now visually distinct from other clips by default, guiding users to use color as an ally in timeline organization. Track colors are also now visible as thumbnails in the vertical navigation bar making it easy to scroll or right-click-and-drag to zoom to specific tracks or regions of your timeline, mirroring much of the interactive behavior long available in the upper horizontal navbar.

Organize sessions by color and minimize unimportant tracks

Organize sessions by color, with improved visibility of assets, and minimize unimportant tracks.

Clip and selected track visibility has also been improved through the use of high-contrast backgrounds to give clip waveforms some pop! and make the active track readily apparent, even at a glance. Perhaps most exciting, and requested in many different forms by users, is the ability to minimize tracks to reduce distractions and unnecessary fiddling when zooming in and out of clips. A single-click on a track icon will reduce the track to its minimum height, and keep it locked there no matter how much you might zoom in and out.

Finally, in response to some popular requests from user feedback, we’ve implemented a few odds & ends. Most notably, the “trailing space” at the end of a multitrack session has been improved to be more intelligent. In the past, Audition maintained a strict 10% of the content duration as trailing space – a region which has proven extremely valuable in testing to make it easy to append content to a session, shuffle clips around, and navigate without changing the current view. Now this space is calculated on an intelligent, logarthmic scale ensuring sessions never have several minutes of “nothing” at the end of their timeline. Additionally, while tools existed to Razor All Clips at a particular location, we heard this was not as accurate as scrubbing the playhead to the desired location. A new command, Split All Clips at Playhead, now enables users to work more audibly, using their ears or the meters as a guide.

Look for sneak peek videos on Adobe TV, or come visit the Adobe booth at NAB and we’ll be happy to demo the new release in-person!  Or join us on April 10th for a special online event to see all these new features in action:  http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1903730&loc=en_us

Guide to using 32-bit VST effects with Audition CC via jBridge

It’s a crisp December morning, and I’m looking out my office window at the little corporate building bunny rabbit that lives in the bushes.  He pretty much keeps to himself nibbling on grass, playing with the robins, and hiding from the corporate stray cat that roams through once in awhile.  But every once in awhile, I can hear him talking to me through his big, soulful eyes.  Usually I can dismiss it as the ramblings of a silly rabbit – I mean, c’mon – but this morning he said something that really struck a chord with me.  He mentioned, in a very matter-of-fact manner, that he’s flummoxed with getting his 32-bit VSTs working in Audition CC.  After crafting an e-mail, the standard method of communicating back to psychic bunnies, I figured I’d better share it with our blog readers, even though I’m pretty sure y’all are smarter than this rabbit.

boring picture of bunny

Yes, he looks mild-mannered and cuddly, but he’s a master manipulator, and prone to engineering elaborate pranks. Do not take his advice at face value.  He does have a good ear for mixing a session, though.

 

Quick review of 32 vs. 64-bit plug-ins, and VSTs in general

Until Audition CC was released, Audition was strictly a 32-bit application.  Basically, this means there was a finite amount of RAM Audition was able to utilize – around 4 gigabytes.  As projects have grown bigger, plug-ins and media have become larger, and more high-resolution video files are used in sessions, many users have started to hit this limitation.  After Audition CS6 shipped, we made the decision to update the tool as a native 64-bit application and be on par with most of the other Adobe Creative Cloud tools.  Not only would this allow access to more memory, but it improves performance in many areas and enables features in the latest hardware and operating systems to be fully utilized.

There was a problem, though.  32-bit VST plug-ins are not natively compatible with a 64-bit host application.  While Waves and other large plug-in authors began releasing 64-bit editions of their tools, it turns out there are a lot of folks still using old, often abandoned, 32-bit plug-ins that are unlikely to see an update.  In order to “bridge the gap” between 32-bit plug-ins and a 64-bit host, you’ll need to install a “bit-bridge.”  (Do you see what I did there?  Bit-Bridge.  Bridge the gap.  I got a million of ‘em!)  A bit-bridge acts as a go-between and does all the intermediary math that’s required to fool both the plug-in and the host application to believe that they’re talking to each other.

We got in touch with the folks at jBridge who had been developing and distributing a bit-bridge tool for a few years.  We found jBridge to work very well for most effects we tested, and implemented direct Windows support, though Mac was still in beta when Audition CC wrapped development .  (As a brief aside, the programming quality of your average free VST from the net can vary WILDLY.  Most of the crash reports in Audition over the years have been the result of a plug-in stepping outside its bounds, and much work has gone in to minimizing and preventing these problematic plug-ins from doing too much damage.)  If you’re struggling without your favorite effects, please consider installing and purchasing this tool if you find it works well.

 

Using jBridge with Audition CC on Windows

As noted, Audition CC for Windows implements direct support for jBridge.  Download jBridge and run the installer .EXE file.  Due to OS security measures, you’ll probably need to instruct Windows to run the jBridge processes as an Administrator.  You can find full step-by-step instructions by visiting How to use jBridge – A detailed walkthrough, but basically you’ll need to right-click the three .EXE application files in C:\Program Files\JBridge\ and check “Run this program as an Administrator” in the Properties panel.  This change gives jBridge permission to share plug-ins with Audition and other DAWs.

Launch Audition and select Edit > Preferences > Effects in the menu bar.  Check the preference “Scan 32-bit VST effects using jBridge.” and click OK.

Check this preference to allow jBridge to blend your 32-bit VST plug-ins with your other plug-ins.

Check this preference to allow jBridge to blend your 32-bit VST plug-ins with your other plug-ins.

With this enabled, you’re ready to scan for effects!  Click Effects > Audio Plug-in Manager… from the menu bar and make sure the sure the directory path for the VST effects you wish to use is added.  The default location for 32-bit effects is typically C:\Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins\  Click Scan for Plug-ins and you should see Audition scanning your 32-bit VST effects as if nothing out of the ordinary were going on.  You may see the following warning pop-up, but we know better now, don’t we?

It has no idea what we're about to do!

It has no idea what we’re about to do!

 

Once the scan is complete, you should see a list of all the recognized, valid VST plug-ins found.  Click OK and you should find your effects under Effects > VST in the menu bar.  Hooray!

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Using jBridgeM with Audition CC on Mac OS X

As I mentioned before, jBridgeM (jBridge for Mac, in case you’re slow of mind) is the equivalent tool for OS X users, but at the time we implemented support in Audition, the tool was still in beta testing.  While there are much fewer 32-bit VST effects for Mac, we did want to make sure your bases were covered as well.  jBridgeM has the ability to generate new, wrapped VSTs which appear to Audition as a new, 64-bit VST.

First, download jBridgeM and run the installer .PKG file.  Your system may require a restart after the installation is complete.  Go ahead and come on back here when that’s complete.  I’ll wait…  Ready?  Great!  You should now see a new folder in your Applications labeled jBridgeM and inside there is jBridgerM.app  Launching this should present you with  the following dialog:

These options are shown on launch!  No additional clicking necessary.

These options are shown on launch! No additional clicking necessary.

You can generally just use the default options, and click I’ll be using a 64bit VST host.  It will start scanning your installed VST effects and it’s generally best to just sit back and let it do its thing since it tends to pop back into focus with each effect which can be maddening if you’re trying to write a blog post at the same time it scans in the background.  Once it’s complete, it gives you a bit of details as to how many 32-bit effects it found and successfully wrapped.  (It creates a new file on disk, and the host DAWs will see these new files as valid 64-bit effects.)  Next, launch Audition and click Effects > Audio Plug-in Manager… in the menu bar then select Scan for Plug-Ins.  After a few moments, you should see your newly-wrapped plug-ins appear below!  Click OK and access them by selecting Effects > VST in the menu bar or through the Effects Rack panels!

Well done!  If you have additional questions or problems, feel free to visit us in the Adobe User to User forums.  Have a great holiday and new year, and I can’t wait for 2014.  Now, if only that bunny would stop getting songs stuck in my head.  He has such poor taste.

Adobe Inspire magazine profile: Bringing old recordings back to life

The December 2013 issue of Adobe Inspire magazine, available on the web or through the Apple app store profiles long-time Audition fan, Al Vertucci, who recently restored and produced 50-year old recordings of his teenage a capella band.  The article is a fun read and Al shares plenty of tips and tactics for cleaning up audio and recording and mixing full songs.  The music is great and we’re proud to have played a small role in bringing these excellent songs back to life!  Congratulations Al and the rest of the band!

Adobe Audition CC – Available NOW through Creative Cloud!

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OVERVIEW

Adobe Audition CC is available NOW through the Adobe Creative Cloud!

Adobe.com: What’s new in Adobe Audition CC?

Blog announcement with details about the new features and updates in Adobe Audition CC

Colin Smith talks about some of the new features in Adobe Audition CC

 

NEW FEATURE PREVIEWS ON ADOBE TV

Audition CC includes the new Sound Remover and Preview Editor.jpg

-       Sound Remover

-       Preview Editor

-       Loudness Metering

-       Sound Design Tools

 

CREATIVE CLOUD

Overview video of Adobe Creative Cloud

-       One of the advantages of Creative Cloud is the availability of updates as soon as they’re released.

  • This means that if you are already a Creative Cloud member, you already have Audition CC. Simply download it when you want to start using these new features.
  • If you don’t have Creative Cloud yet, sign up today to get started. Find the membership that best meets your needs – Single-app, Complete (includes ALL the tools Adobe offers,) or Teams (perfect for collaborative environments).

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro May firmware update breaks Audition CS6

A quick warning to our MS Surface Pro users.  It appears the May firmware update for these devices causes Audition CS6 to crash on launch.  We’re in touch with Microsoft and are working on a solution, but if you rely upon Audition CS6 on these devices, you may want to hold off on the firmware update as it cannot be rolled back.  We’ll update this post as soon as we have additional information.

Creating CDs in Adobe Audition: Part 2

Several weeks ago, we discussed how to quickly burn an audio CD without creating a full layout by using the Export > Burn Audio to CD command.  While this is fine for quickly building a CD, it does not provide the flexibility and control necessary for a more professional product.  For that, we’ll take a look at creating a CD Layout and how to insert audio and edit CD-TEXT metadata.

CD Layout consists of audio files, CD Track marker ranges, or a combination of both, inserted into a list.  Each item, as well as the project itself, can contain metadata including title, genre, composer, message, ISRC, MCN, etc.  A layout file may be saved and opened again at a later date to burn additional copies or to make changes.  The typical workflow will be to open the media you intend to write to CD, create a CD Layout, make any changes to the arrangement or metadata, and burn to physical media.

You can create a new CD Layout via a few methods:

  • File > New > CD Layout
  • The New CD Layout option from the New File button in the Files panel
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  • Select one or more audio files in the Files panel, right-click, and choose Insert into CD Layout > New CD Layout (or an open CD Layout)
  • Select one or more CD Track markers from the Markers panel (see screenshot below,) right-click, and choose Insert into CD Layout > New CD Layout (or an open CD Layout)

 

CD LAYOUT PANEL

CD Layouts are an alternate view of the Editor panel that allow you to drag-and-drop audio files and CD Track markers, re-arrange their order, adjust their pre-track pause duration, and view and edit CD-TEXT metadata.  You can drag files directly from the Files panel or the Media Browser panel, or drag CD Track markers directly from the Markers panel.  By default, the Markers panel only displays markers for the active file.  You can quickly view markers for ALL open files by selecting the “Show markers of all files” toggle button located near the top-right of the Markers panel:
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It is important to note that only CD Track markers from an audio file may be inserted into a CD Layout.  If you’ve created CD Track markers in a multitrack session, you will need to perform a session mixdown first – the CD Track markers will be inserted into the mixdown and can then be added to a CD Layout.  You may modify the default “Pause” value under Preferences > Markers & Metadata > Default CD track pause  Redbook CD standards require a 2 second pause before the first track, so you will be unable to modify this specific field.

The CD Layout panel displays each track, an editable Title, pre-gap pause duration, and other information associated with the track.  Almost any field may be edited by clicking in the existing text.  Additional track-specific editable fields can be exposed by right-clicking the column headers and selecting the fields you wish to view:
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You can modify the overall CD-TEXT fields for the entire layout by opening the Properties panel and exposing the CD Text group:
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When your layout is finished and your desired CD-TEXT complete, you can bring up the Burn Audio dialog by clicking the Burn Audio to CD… button located in the lower-right corner of the CD Layout panel.  This dialog help select the device you wish to write to, select the number of copies you wish to make, and offers a few additional options.  (Obviously, make sure you have a blank audio CD in the drive, unlike me!)
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At this point, it might be worth noting that CD-TEXT support is up to the playback device or application, and support can vary.  If you’re on a Mac OS X system, you can verify the full CD-Text of an audio CD by opening Terminal and entering the following command:  drutil cdtext        I am unfamiliar with any similar command for Windows systems.

What’s new in the next version of Adobe Audition?

Wow.  I don’t know a better way to start this post.

Audition has a whole bunch of awesome new features on the way, and I wanted to share them as soon as we got the go-ahead.  We’ll go into more detail on each of these over the next few weeks, but I hope this whets your appetite for what we’ve been working on. Our approach has always been a balance between our own research and innovation, and the great  input we get from you, our users.  I think we’ve built some unique new features this release, and answered a lot of workflow demands from our customers.  Let’s get right to the good stuff!

Sound Remover
It’s a slightly better name than “Semi-Supervised Source Separation,” but that’s the technology that’s happening under the hood.  While our standard Noise Reduction excels at removing consistent background sounds, leaving the primary signal intact, our new Sound Remover tool is built to unravel primary, dynamic sounds from a recording, minimizing artifacts and loss to other, overlapping sounds.  Here’s a before-and-after shot where Audition has removed a siren that occurred during an outdoor interview. Continue reading…

Creating CDs in Adobe Audition: Part 1

Adobe Audition CS6 offers several different ways of creating audio CDs. In this first post, I’m going to show you the quickest, simplest way to create a  multi-track CD from a single file recording.

For this example, I downloaded an hour-long Grateful Dead performance * from archive.org and opened it in Audition.  My first step is to make a selection around each song and create a CD Track Marker.  CD Track markers automatically conform to the minimum increment durations defined by the Red Book Audio CD standard, and are used by Audition when exporting a file to CD.  You can use the SHIFT+M shortcut to create a CD Track marker from any selection, or change the type of existing Cue Markers in the Markers Panel. Continue reading…

Audition CS6 5.0.2 update patch released. Bug fixes, Windows 8 compatibility.

Autumn is falling upon our Seattle offices this week as the mornings get cooler and the evenings start earlier.  The trees across the river out my office window betray flecks of red and yellow mixed among the thousand shades of green.  Seems like a great time to release an update patch for Adobe Audition CS6!

This update, version 5.0.2 for Mac and Windows, fixes several bugs discovered after release that could not be fixed in time for the earlier patch, and cleans up a few odds and ends to ensure Audition is fully compatible for use on Windows 8.  Briefly, here are the primary bug fixes:

  • Metronone may skip or stutter
  • Windows registry entry missing backslash in path
  • Eucon/Avid Artist control surface touchscreen: Control of Surround Panner does not work
  • Bounce to New Track > Selected Track: New track is now based on channelization of source track
  • Windows 8: Third-party drivers do not have a valid WHQL signature
  • CD Burning: Removed 78 minute limit from CD Layout.
  • Audition may crash on Mac when exporting to OMF
  • Audition may crash when attempting to bounce a track with a channelization that does not match the Master track
  • All fixes and updates available in the 5.0.1 update.

You may install the update by selecting Help > Updates… in Adobe Audition CS6 or through the Adobe Application Manager tool.  Additionally, you may download the patch installer directly for Mac and Windows.