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What’s new in Audition CC 2014.1? HiDPI, iXML, and exciting improvements!

I’m excited to reveal this sneak peek at what’s coming in the next update for Adobe Audition CC 2014.

The first thing you’ll notice is a dramatic new interface update, with support for high pixel density (HiDPI) displays.  A new UI modernizes the look and feel of all Adobe digital video and audio applications, sporting flat icons, cleaner panels, and high-visibility highlights for better component and panel focus.  HiDPI support means those of you with retina or high-resolution displays will see sharper, defined icons and components, reducing eye fatigue and enabling preview of video content at full resolution.  Scaling options means you can build your workspace and easily display as much or as little information as your workflow requires.

Audition CC 2014.1 updates video import support, providing faster launch and load times, better playback performance, and support for new formats and Mediacore plug-ins.  Easily import many flavors of MXF or XDCAM-EX, for example, or access your library of Adobe Soundbooth .ASND mixdown previews.


This update also implements iXML support, which is popular standard for embedded metadata in production media files.  Devices or software used in location recordings can embed information on Project, Scene, Take, Comments, Timecode, and more.  This metadata can be viewed, modified, or created in Audition and follows your media throughout your production pipeline.

Waveform view with iXML metadata support

Waveform and spectral views are more detailed on HiDPI monitors, and iXML metadata supports your entire audio production workflow, from set to stream.



We’ve made an exciting change to one of the most popular effects in Audition, the Speech Volume Leveler.  This tool has been valuable for correcting fluctuating loudness levels in recordings, but for many location recordings, background noise has fluctuated with the speech, making some audio still unsuitable for production.  A new parameter, Target Dynamic Range, assists the algorithm in finding a better balance between amplification of speech content and reduction of noise, allowing you to “dial in” the perfect setting for your needs.

What a difference a slider can make!

What a difference a slider can make.



The new updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to ship in the coming weeks.

Adobe will host MAX, The Creativity Conference [], Oct. 4-8 in Los Angeles, to share even more amazing innovations coming to Creative Cloud across desktop, mobile, services and community. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow us on Twitter @creativecloud or join us on Facebook.


Adobe Audition CS5.5: Better audio editing for Mac OS and Windows is here!

Adobe Audition is here for Mac OS and Windows!

Adobe Audition is here for Mac OS and Windows!

Live from NAB: It’s Adobe Audition for Mac and Windows! With completely rewritten code, Adobe Audition CS5.5 doesn’t just bring its legendary audio editing power to the Mac for the first time—it supersizes it. Both Mac and PC users gain substantially faster performance, and a whole pile of audio editing improvements, including:

  • improved roundtrip editing with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • new audio sweetening and restoration effects
  • native 5.1 surround mixing and editing
  • more flexible and powerful effects workflows

Visit this page to see all the new and enhanced audio editing features of Adobe Audition CS5.5.

Available as a stand-alone app or as an integral part of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium and Master Collection, Adobe Audition is designed to provide smooth and efficient audio editing workflows with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Flash. Learn more about integration with Adobe Premiere Pro by watching this video.

The Adobe Audition Team is at NAB in Las Vegas this week; stop by to learn more about the new features in Adobe Audition CS5.5 and the rest of the Creative Suite apps. Keep up with daily Adobe Audition news on Facebook and Twitter, and if you’re going to be tweeting about Adobe news at NAB, use #AdobeNAB to join the conversation.

Soundbooth CS5 is Now Shipping

The latest version of Soundbooth is available now on The full price is $199 (US) and the upgrade is $99 (US) and is available to anyone who purchased a previous version of Soundbooth (CS3 or CS4).

Checkout my previous blog post for details on what’s new in Soundbooth CS5.

Soundbooth CS5: Improved Multitrack Workflows and Expanded Content Library Will Upgrade Your Sound Palette

We’ve been demonstrating Soundbooth CS5 at the Adobe booth at NAB this week. We showed the new multitrack workflows and additional royalty-free sound effects and scores that are available in CS5 for enhancing your video and Flash projects.

We first introduced support for multitrack projects in Soundbooth CS4. With Soundbooth CS5 the enhanced multitrack enables you to easily work with large multitrack projects. Additional workflow enhancements include the ability to split and copy clips.

For any videographers or Flash developers looking for royalty-free content Soundbooth CS5 is a must have upgrade. We’ve tripled our on-line sound effects library to 10,000 (up from 3,000 in CS4). This gives you a much wider range of sounds to add to your projects using the Resource Central panel in Soundbooth CS5. We’ve also more than doubled our customizable score library from 50 in CS4 to 130 in CS5. This includes a range of musical genres plus natural sound environments, all of which can be customized to fit the mood and length of your project.

In previous releases of Soundbooth we had two categories of scores — a set of free scores and a set of scores bundles that could be purchased. Now in CS5 the scores from those bundles are available for free along with some brand new ones. So for the $99 (US) upgrade price to Soundbooth CS5 you’ll get over $700 worth of royalty-free content.

The workflow for adding sound effects and scores to your multitrack projects has also been improved. Now you simply drag and drop any sound effect or score from our on-line Resource Central library directly onto your timeline just like you would any asset from the files panel.

With better multitrack workflows, an expanded royalty-free content library and Soundbooth’s task-based restoration and audio sweetening tools you’ll be ready to quickly make any video or Flash project look and sound great. For more information on Soundbooth CS5 or to pre-order please visit

Soundbooth CS5 will also be included in Production Premium and Master Collection CS5.
It’s expected to ship in mid-May. In the meantime, checkout the demo Jason Levine gave at NAB last week on Adobe TV.

Come See Soundbooth CS5 at NAB Next Week

We’ll be showing Soundbooth CS5 for the first time publicly at the NAB show in Las Vegas, Nevada starting on Monday. The show runs until Thursday (April 12-15) and the Adobe booth is located in the South Hall lower level (Booth SL3320).

I’ll be there along with other members of the Adobe audio team showing Soundbooth and Audition 3 at demo stations around the booth. Our evangelist Jason Levine will be showing Soundbooth CS5 in the Adobe theater at the times listed below.

Monday, 5:30PM
Tuesday, 9:00AM
Wednesday, 5:30PM

You can also tune into the Creative Suite launch event, which airs Monday at 8AM PT/11ET. Register for the event here:

So if you’re at NAB next week please stop by our booth and say hello and let us show you what’s new in Soundbooth. Also, I’ll be posting about the new features and workflows in Soundbooth CS5 starting next week.

See You in Vegas!

Recording in Windows 7 with Audition and Soundbooth

We have been contacted by several users reporting that they have been unable to record properly into Audition or Soundbooth after switching to Windows 7. In every case thus far the cause has either been improper configuration in the Windows OS, incorrect input devices specified in Audition/Soundbooth, or making use of older sound card drivers or drivers not suitable for use in Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit).

One reason for the confusion in Windows 7 is the fact that the operating system now gives you much more control over the inputs and outputs. You must make sure that you have the correct device and input chosen in Windows 7 before any software application can record input. Audition and Soundbooth must also be configured properly, but the operating system settings will always control the input (unless you are using a higher end sound card that has a control panel of its own).

Follow the steps below if you are having trouble recording in Audition or Soundbooth.

Configure Windows:
1. Start > Control Panel > Sound.
2. Click to the “Recording” tab.
3. Choose the input you want to use for recording and click the “Set Default” button.
4. You can also click the “Properties” button to configure your levels for the input.
5. Click OK to accept the changes.

Note: If you are using a higher-end sound card you may also need to adjust properties for the device through a separate control panel provided by the manufacturer of the sound card.

Configure Audition:
1. In Audition go to Edit > Audio Hardware Setup.
2. Choose the Edit View, Multitrack, or Surround Encoder Tab (for the view you want to record into).
3. Choose the “Audition 2.0 Windows Sound” or “Audition 3.0 Windows Sound” Driver.
4. Click the “Control Panel” button.
5. Check the boxes for any inputs you want to use in Audition and click OK to accept the changes.
6. Make sure the “Default Input” drop-down is set to the input you want to record from (must match what is set within Windows).

Note: If you are attempting to record audio playing through your speakers (like streaming web audio) your default input should be set to “Stereo Mix, “What U Hear”, “Wave Input” or the correct input for your specific device.

7. Click OK in the Audio Hardware Setup dialog and start recording into Audition.

Configure Audition using ASIO drivers:
1. In Audition go to Edit > Audio Hardware Setup.
2. Choose the Edit View, Multitrack, or Surround Encoder Tab (for the view you want to record into).
3. Choose the appropriate ASIO driver.
4. Make sure the “Default Input” drop-down is set to the input you want to record from (must match what is set within Windows).
5. Click OK in the Audio Hardware Setup dialog and start recording into Audition.

Configure Soundbooth:

1. In Soundbooth go to Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware.
2. Choose the “Soundbooth 2.0 WDM Sound” Driver.
3. Click the “Settings” button.
4. On the “Input” tab, check the boxes for any inputs you want to use in Soundbooth and click OK to accept the changes.
5. When you hit the “Record” button in Soundbooth, make sure you have the correct device selected along with the correct port you have audio coming in through.

Note: If you are attempting to record audio playing through your speakers (like streaming web audio) your default input should be set to “Stereo Mix, “What U Hear”, “Wave Input” or the correct input for your specific device.

Configure Soundbooth using ASIO drivers:
1. In Soundbooth go to Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware.
2. Choose the appropriate ASIO driver.
3. When you hit the “Record” button in Soundbooth, make sure you have the correct device selected along with the correct port you have audio coming in through.

Still having trouble?

1. In Windows go to the Start button and type “sound recorder” into the search field.
2. Start recording in Sound Recorder (you will not see the input while recording).
3. Stop recording and play to see if you can hear what you recorded.

If recording in Sound Recorder does not work, this tells you that something is incorrectly set within Windows or the sound card driver is not working correctly. At this point, make sure your Windows sound settings are correct. If all Windows settings are correct and you are still unable to record, you should download and install the latest Windows 7 drivers for your sound device (We have seen many cases where manufacturers do not yet have Windows 7 drivers available). If you already have the latest drivers installed you should contact the manufacturer of your particular sound device and alert them of the issue.

Ron Day
Quality Engineering Lead

Audition and Soundbooth Up and Running on Windows 7

Now that Windows 7 has officially been released by Microsoft, we have received many questions about Audition and Soundbooth compatibility. We are pleased to report that the current versions of Audition and Soundbooth are working well with Windows 7 and many of us here have already made the switch on our primary machines.

We worked closely with Microsoft during the development phase of Windows 7 and were able to iron out any incompatibilities early on. We are currently using Windows 7 on many of our test machines and have been pleased with the performance of Audition and Soundbooth with Windows 7.

Please let us know if you find any problems using Audition or Soundbooth with any flavor of Windows 7. Also, be sure to check with your sound card or audio device manufacturer for any device driver updates.

Ron Day
Quality Engineering Lead

Soundbooth CS4 Wins MacUser Audio of the Year Award for 2009

Last night Soundbooth CS4 won the MacUser Audio of the Year Award as voted on by their readers. It’s an honor to be recognized by the MacUser community. This award also acknowledges the huge leap Soundbooth took in CS4 including the new multitrack support, non-destructive editing and volume correction workflows.

Here’s a list of all the winners on the MacUser site:

Come See Us at IBC

I’m on my way to the IBC convention, which starts this Friday and runs through next Tuesday at the RAI in Amsterdam. You can checkout the latest versions of Soundbooth CS4 and Audition 3 at one of our demo stations in the Adobe booth located in Hall 7 (7.H.23). Also, our evangelist Jason Levine will be giving an Audition presentation once a day in our theatre area. It’s scheduled for the afternoon the first few days, but times may vary so check the daily schedule at the booth.

So if you’re attending the show please come by and say hello. I’d like to hear about your experiences with Audition, Soundbooth or any other audio tools.


Creating Searchable Video with Production Premium and Soundbooth CS4

Here’s a link to a whitepaper on using Production Premium CS4 to create searchable video on the web:

The whitepaper covers using Speech Search in Premiere Pro to extract spoken words from a video file into keywords in the XMP metadata that can then be exported to F4V or FLV using the Adobe Media Encoder. The next step in the process is to use Soundbooth CS4 to export the speech metadata into an XML file that contains cue points that can be referenced in Flash. This enables Flash developers to create custom video players that make use of these cue points to trigger specific actions/events in ActionScript. The whitepaper also includes example ActionScript 3 code to do this.

In order to make full use of this speech metadata, it’s important to understand what’s in the XML generated from Soundbooth CS4.

XML cue point.png
When you select File>Export>Speech Transcription in Soundbooth CS4 an XML file is created that contains cue points that conform to the Flash cue points exchange format (see example above). Each speaker along with every word is stored as a Flash cue point. Each cue point will have the start time contained in the element and is measured in milliseconds. The element stores the actual word or the number of the speaker. From there, each cue point will have a set of parameters. Each parameter is stored as a name/value pair. The parameters are source, duration, and confidence.

source refers to whether this cue point represents a speaker (numbered 0, 1, 2, 3, etc.) or a word. The two values are segmentation or transcription that refer to either the speaker number or the word respectively.

duration refers to the duration (in milliseconds) each speaker spoke or the duration (also in milliseconds) of the particular word.

confidence measures the confidence (from -1 to 100) that the transcription engine has about the particular word being correct. The higher the value the greater the confidence the engine has that the word is accurate and vice versa for lower values. A special value of -1 indicates the user has manually edited the word.

With an understanding of the XML file that Soundbooth CS4 exports, you can take advantage of the speech metadata generated in Production Premium CS4 to create searchable video experiences on the web. To see this in action we’ve included an example built using this workflow on

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