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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
    Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 11.07.21 AM
  • 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:
Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 10.56.23 AM
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!)
Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 11.26.13 AM

 

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.

On-demand: Kanen Flowers’ Audition seminar

Last week the Adobe Audition team sponsored a web-based seminar – I try not to use the word “webinar” unless the fate of the world hangs in the balance – hosted by Kanen Flowers.  Kanen is well-known among the post-production and digital video crowd, and shared many of the secret tips and workflows he uses when editing audio for video projects.  If you missed it, you can view the recorded presentation here. Continue reading…

Come see Audition CS6 at AES, October 27-29 in San Francisco

For the first time ever, Adobe Audition will have a booth (820) at the AES Convention in San Francisco, CA October 27-29, 2012!

Audition CS6 offers advanced audio editing, mixing, sound design and sound effects on Mac and Windows.

AES visitors will get in-depth demonstrations of Audition CS6 at the Adobe booth, and learn how to:

  • Edit audio faster with dozens of timesaving audio editing features
  • Accelerate restoration work with noise reduction and sweetening tools
  • Perform precise clip spotting with new features for audio alignment, keyframe editing, and clip timing.
  • Mix and master audio in a full multi-track environment

With Audition CS6, audio engineers can collaborate with video editors—creating audio for film, broadcast, games, and other projects thanks to Adobe Premiere Pro round-trip editing, as well as the ability to exchange projects with other NLEs and DAWs.

The 133rd Audio Engineering Society Convention will be held at Moscone Center this year, and promises to be an amazing time for anyone working with audio.  AES is the largest gathering of audio professionals, and boasts attendees from over 100 countries around the world.

Adobe at AES
Booth 820
Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA, USA
October 27 – 29, 2012

UPDATE:  Passes for AES are available online for $20 here

UPDATE: We are offering Production Premium CS6 to a lucky winner. Come by the booth and get your card swiped to enter!

Upcoming: Audio Editing for Video Editors webinar with Kanen Flowers

On August 31, we will be hosting a special webinar for video editors who want to learn about audio editing. Audition CS6 complements Adobe Premiere® Pro, bringing a powerful and easy-to-use toolset for fixing, mixing and sweetening sound. Please join us for this Ask a Video Pro session with popular podcaster and filmmaker Kanen Flowers to learn how audio editing can enhance your production work!

Kanen Flowers is the troublemaker behind Scruffy.TV and the host of popular podcasts That Post Show and Scruffy Thinking. He is also the writer & creative director of That Media Show as well as the web-series, HERO PUNK. Kanen has written code and founded tech companies. Today, he generates words and pictures, sometimes together.

Audio Editing for Video Editors, with Kanen Flowers
Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Audition CS6 update patch re-released. Please read.

Earlier this week, Adobe Update Manager may have informed you that an update was available for Audition CS6.  This update contained a new bug that broke the Dynamics Processing effect.  We have prepared a new update which is available via the Adobe.com website.

If you have not yet updated Audition CS6, or have previously updated to the 5.0.1 build 6 patch, please download the latest 5.0.1 build 7 update from

Details about the patch and the bug fixes it contains can be found here.

Thank you for your support and please notify us if you experience any troubles downloading or installing the update.

Adobe Audition CS6 (5.0.1) update patch released

UPDATE (July 20, 2012):  Due to an issue discovered after the 5.0.1 build 6 patch was released, the Audition team has pulled this update and released a new 5.0.1 build 7 patch, available at the download links below. 

Today we released an update to address several bugs in Audition CS6. Many were minor workflow issues, but a few could cause Audition to crash under certain circumstances.

  • Download the patch installer directly from adobe.com:
    • Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5419
    • Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5418

 

Bugs fixed in Adobe Audition CS6 5.0.1 update:

  • APE files with metadata inserted by other editors cause Audition to crash (Windows)
  • If previous session directory no longer exists, Audition leaves the Folder Location field empty
  • Multitrack fades no longer respect the fade type preference.  (Worked in CS5.5)
  • Audition may crash when users choose to create unique copies of selected MT regions
  • Playback stutters when creating a unique copy of a clip while right-click dragging
  • Channel Mix settings not honored on export when not exposed in dialog
  • EUCON Soft Key set contains keys that do nothing
  • Session Tempo broken on systems using commas instead of decimal points
  • Bounce to New Track > Selected Track bounces AFTER passing through track output
  • If a favorite was recorded on subset of channels, the favorite will fail if those channels are disabled
  • Sending a stereo bus side-chained to a mono track may crash the application
  • UAD-2 plug-ins missing from Windows Effects menu
  • Audition may crash on launch when CoolType encounters certain installed fonts (Mac)

Adobe Audition CS6 available now!

We’ve been so busy with the launch this week that I noticed we hadn’t made a formal announcement to Inside Sound that Adobe Audition CS6 is available now!  You can download the free 30-day trial by visiting http://adobe.ly/IrXfBa

Colin also provided a very good overview of Audition CS6’s pricing, upgrades, and details about Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions on our User to User Forum.  I wanted to share them here, lightly edited, since I know many of you don’t visit the forums that often.  Please share any questions in the comments or on the forums.

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Audition CS6 Product Launch – Upgrades, Subscriptions, and Purchase Info

Creative Cloud and Subscriptions. Before you dismiss, I would encourage you to check it out namely because it, at the heart, is a different method of using Adobe’s software. For some it will make perfect sense and be the right fit for how you work, what you can afford, etc. For others, perpetual license (how we’ve always sold Audition and other products) is just fine and you can stick with that.

It’s important to be crystal clear on this “cloud” stuff: getting Audition (or any other Adobe application) via subscription/Creative Cloud does not mean it’s running OVER the Internet or is web browser-based. It means you get a subscription authorization using your Adobe ID login and download your software from our site (as if you bought it as per normal.)  The install process will then authorize your login against your subscription. It’s that simple. There has been some confusion and concern with folks thinking you’re running the application “in the cloud” (i.e. connected at all times to the web) and that’s not the case.

 

Availability and “Try before Buy”:

If you have doubts about Audition CS6…PLEASE *TRY BEFORE YOU BUY*, we have 30-day trial versions available as always from the product website on Adobe.com. Please download and try it first before clicking buy. Getting a refund is a pain and we just want you to be a happy user. We have been trying to get out as much info as early as we can on this forum, our blog, twitter, etc. about what is in the release and what’s not.   There is a full 3-version feature comparison matrix available at http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/buying-guide-version-comparison.html

Creative Cloud Membership:

  • Get ALL Adobe’s desktop products including Audition CS6 and a few other interesting things like online storage, preview, sharing, etc for $49.95/mo (Yes, that’s basically Master Collection + more for $50/mo). And I believe there’s an introductory price of $30/mo (for one year) good until end of August.  For some this is huge. If you use nothing but Audition, we get it, go ahead and head to the next item, but if you want to do other things like use Premiere Pro, After Effects, and/or Photoshop Extended too, this is worth looking at…
  • Go here for more info: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

Audition CS6 Perpetual:

  • Full = $349.00 USD
  • Upgrade Audition CS5.5 to Audition CS6 = $75.00 USD
  • Upgrade Audition 1.5, 2.0, 3.0 to Audition CS6 = $149.00 USD
  • Upgrade Soundbooth CS3, CS4, CS5 to Audition CS6 = $149.00 USD

Audition CS6 Only Subscription (i.e. not Creative Cloud or Suite):

  • Month to Month Audition CS6 = $29.95/mo USD
  • Yearly Audition CS6 = $19.95/mo USD

Students/Education:

  • Some of you noticed Audition’s educational pricing went away this past year (along with that pricing on many other products), Well there will be a Creative Cloud Subscription plan for you which will give basically EVERYTHING we make. Check out the Creative Cloud link below…  It’s $29.99/month.

IMPORTANT CHANGES IN UPGRADE POLICY YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Adobe’s new policy (announced last year sometime, I don’t have a link handy) is to only allow perpetual upgrades from 1 WHOLE version back and one 1/2 version back instead of the “3 version back rule”. While the product teams do not set any pricing or upgrade policy, we can certainly make a case for our customers and in this case we noticed the 3 version back upgrade policy was off the table for Audition (i.e. the proposal we saw was to only allow upgrade from CS5.5 and 3.0). We know and respect that many folks did not take this upgrade in CS5.5 who are still on version 1.5 or 2.0, so we fought hard to get a special exception for Audition. There is a caveat…Next release, we have to give up the exception so be aware: if you’re on v1.5 and you want to upgrade, do it this release. If you absolutely love v1.5 or v3.0 (or Soundbooth) and will never change no matter what we do going forward, then we’re fine with that too (really, we on the team know some of you just love 1.5) but we wanted to be clear the upgrade window is closing for you this release.

 

Reference Links:

More info on Creative Cloud Here: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
Audition Product Page: http://www.adobe.com/products/audition