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!

Demystifying Audio – Adobe Audition for Video Editors – eSeminar on July 25, 2013

“The best way to improve the quality of your picture is to improve the quality of your sound”

On Thursday, July 25h, 2013 |10:00 AM Pacific Time, we will be offering a special Ask a Video Pro session with Larry Jordan:

 Demystifying Audio – Adobe Audition for Video Editors 

You can register free for this eSeminar here.

The first question many video editors ask is: “why should I consider using an audio application for my projects?”  Larry  will show you how you can use Adobe Audition to create better videos. Starting with an overview of the application, Larry will then demonstrate how Audition can make your life a lot easier. During this 45-minute presentation, you’ll discover:

  • Send files and projects between Premiere Pro and Audition
  • Remove hum from an interview
  • Remove background noise
  • Maximize audio levels without causing distortion
  • Do an audio mix of your project
  • Create “stems,” or submixes, of your dialog, effects, and music tracks
  • Test your final mix to be sure it meets all technical specs before submitting it to the client.

The session will be followed by a Q&A.

Audience: video editors, postproduction professionals, audio pros
Applications: Adobe Audition CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Workflows with other NLEs will also be discussed.

Sign up now for Demystifying Audio – Adobe Audition for Video Editors
Thursday, July 25h, 2013 |10:00 AM Pacific Time

 

New Audition CC Training Series by Larry Jordan

If you do anything in postproduction, odds are you’ve heard of Larry Jordan. Along with authoring eight books, over a thousand technical articles, and a plethora of popular video training programs, he also hosts an Internet radio show called Digital Production BuZZ that draws tens of thousands of listeners each month.

A huge proponent of Adobe Audition, Larry hosts a weekly webinar on postproduction software and techniques. To celebrate his 100th webinar, Larry focused on the latest version of Audition: Fix Bad Audio in Adobe Audition CC.

On top of that, Larry has just released a brand-new training series on Adobe Audition CC, aimed at video editors who want to improve the quality of their sound. We thought this would be a great occasion to talk with Larry and learn more.

Note: Larry Jordan is offering our readers 10% off. See the bottom of this post for your discount code.

Continue reading…

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

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–       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).

 

QUESTIONS???

–       Audition FAQ: http://adobe.ly/12GHdi2
       Audition User Forums: http://adobe.ly/19rt9dQ
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Making Films with the Adobe Creative Cloud production tools

One week ago, on June 13, director Richard Jobson delivered a dynamic presentation on Wayland’s Song, his sixth feature film made entirely using Adobe Creative Cloud (CS6) applications. In this special Ask a Video Pro session, Richard will describe the whole process from planning through to final delivery, including scriptwriting and production scheduling with Adobe Story, ingest and logging with Prelude, video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, visual effects with After Effects, and final color grading with SpeedGrade. Naturally, audio editing and mixing were done in AuditionWayland’s Song premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

(updated June 20) Continue reading…

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.

Coming in June: Audition CC in Adobe Creative Cloud

Today we announced the launch of the next generation of our creative tools coming this June (you can watch a recording of the live stream here). Adobe Audition CC, along with all of the other new desktop applications will be available exclusively in Adobe Creative Cloud. We’re extremely excited about this release, not to mention Creative Cloud and the services and integration it offers.

Adobe Audition CC
Audition CC brings some really cool new features, including the revolutionary new Sound Remover and the super-useful Preview Editor. This release is packed with goodies, including enhanced multitrack, new sound design tools, Audio Finesse workflow refinements, ITU Loudness metering, and lots more. For a detailed overview of the new features, check out Durin’s awesome Adobe Audition CC preview post from last month, or the Reveal videos we did for NAB.

Adobe Creative Cloud
And the coolest feature in the Audition CC release is Adobe Creative Cloud. Continue reading…

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…