Audition at AES – Pictures from an Exhibition

Last week we spent a wonderful three days at the AES exhibition in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Three great days of meeting, greeting, and giving hundreds of demos of Audition CS6 for old customers and new friends.

One of the first things people saw when they entered the Moscone Center North was the little Adobe sign on the press office.

One of the first things people saw when they entered the Moscone Center North was the Adobe sign on the press office.

Attendance for AES seemed to be strong, despite travel disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy in the east, and the excitement of the World Series in San Francisco.

9:59 am on Saturday: crowds waiting eagerly for the 133rd AES Show to open.

9:59 am on Saturday: crowds waiting eagerly for the 133rd AES Show to open.

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Upgrade to Audition CS6 and Creative Cloud

Adobe is making it simpler to keep your software up-to-date. And a lot cheaper.

Audition CS6 has been so well received by reviewers and production professionals around the world, and you now have several options for buying it. Along with boxed versions (or “shrink” as they call it here), and purchasing online, you can also subscribe. That last option is a great model. We encourage you to take a good look at Adobe’s Creative Cloud Membership.

As a value proposition, Creative Cloud is pretty much unbeatable: download and use the entire collection of Adobe’s professional applications. All of them, as well as services like Business Catalyst or Typekit. The standard price of $49.99 per month is less than most cell phone plans or cable TV subscriptions. 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

Marking up time in Audition CS6

Markers are the un-sung heroes of audio production. And Audition CS6 adds a bunch of new capabilities that make them even more useful in your day-to-day work. Rather than just focus on new features, we thought it would be helpful to recap a couple of the most common workflows for using markers.

But let’s start with the basics. In Audition CS6, the Markers panel is ganged with the Media Browser and Effects Rack by default, so it’s more visible and easier to get to. One of the new features we added in Audition CS6 is the ability to display markers for all open files. Audition 3 could do something similar (display markers for each file in the Files panel), but this is a much sleeker approach as it both displays the markers and enables you to work with them. In the screenshot below, we’ve opened a bunch of files with a variety of marker types.













Note that the new QuickSearch field in the Markers panel means you can search for markers by name, type, or other attribute.

Markers in Audition can specify a single point in time, or they can identify a range of time—the only difference between the two types is that range markers have a duration, and are particularly useful for identifying the parts of a longer clip that you want to use. When you add a maker, its start point is added at the current playhead position.

Audition supports four marker types; if you click the Add Marker icon on the Markers panel, you get a Cue marker by default—but the fastest way to add makers in either Waveform or Multitrack view is to use the keyboard shortcuts:

 Type  Shortcut
 Cue marker  M
 CD Track markers  Shift + M
 Cart Timer  C
 Subclip marker  No default shortcut


We covered the new CD Burning feature and the role of Cart Timers in earlier blog posts. Subclip markers are similar to Cue markers, but are designed to enable Audition to make use of the subclips created when you log media in Adobe Prelude CS6 or Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Use them a lot? You can always customize your keyboard shortcuts.

One common task where markers can really help is taking a long recording (say, an interview, or a concert) and breaking it into smaller segments which would then either be added to a multitrack session or saved out as separate audio files. Since we know this is something a lot of folks do, we wanted to share some tips:

  • Use the M keyboard shortcut to add markers as you listen to the recording in the Waveform view.
  • To create range markers, use the I key to set an in point, and the O key to mark an out point, then press command + shift + M to turn each selection into a range marker.
  • Convert your point markers into range markers: select the markers you want to create ranges for, then use the Merge Selected Markers option (third button from the left in the Markers panel) to turn the first of each adjacent pair of markers into a range marker with that duration.
  • Tweak your markers: Adjust range durations as necessary, or give your markers more descriptive names.
  • If you’re prepping a CD, convert Cue points to CD Track markers using the Type drop-down list; you should also consider naming each range marker with the track name.

Once you’ve got your file marked up, you can insert the ranges directly into the Multitrack, or you can export them as separate files. You can also save marker ranges to a Playlist, a topic we’ll cover in more detail in a future blog post.

  • Export files from the Waveform view: Select the markers you want to export as files, then click the second button from the right (Export audio of selected range markers to separate files). This exports each range as its own file; you can specify whether to use the marker name, add prefixes or postfix numbers, where to save the file, and so on.
  • Insert ranges into a multitrack session: If you select range markers and click the last button on the right (Insert into Multitrack), you’ll be prompted to either add the ranges to an existing session or to create a new one. If you’re in Multitrack view, you can drag and drop marker ranges directly into your session.

One last handy marker-related tip: you can quickly select the time specified by a range marker by hovering over either end of the marker range icon and double-clicking. Sweet! And thus concludes our whirlwind tour…. Comments? Questions? Let us know!

The Audition CS6 Help covers some marker-related features, and Colin Smith has posted a video tutorial that touches on markers as well as Skip Selection, which we covered in an earlier blog post.

Not using Audition CS6 yet? You can download a free 30 day trial or just go ahead and order a full copy or upgrade!

Audition is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, so you can subscribe once and get access to Audition CS6, Photoshop CS6, and all of Adobe’s other creative tools.



Easier session management with Audition CS6

Today, we wanted to focus on two new features in Audition CS6 that can simplify your day-to-day work: a secret new preference, and our new Session Templates.

If you look in the Multitrack pane of the Preferences dialog, (see below), you will find a handy preference that allows you to save all currently open files as part of a session (second checkbox from the top). This new preference is so secret, it doesn’t even have a name!












Audition doesn’t have a project file format, so until we added this option, only the files that you actually used in a session could be saved together. That meant that if you opened a whole bunch of files, but didn’t actually add them to tracks during your session, you’d have to go back through your folders and manually re-open them all next time. Which was a pain. A pain we’ve now eliminated.

This preference is turned off by default, so if you want Audition to remember all the files you had open the next time you open a session, go turn it on!

Session Templates

We’ve also added Session Templates in Audition CS6. This is super helpful if you do the same kind of project over and over again: say, a podcast, or a weekly radio show, or a commercial for a particular client. Some elements repeat time after time, but other content changes. Sure, you can open an existing session, Save As to a new name, and then make changes—but Session Templates make the process more intentional, and so it’s less likely that a completed session will get changed by mistake – and lost (we’ve all done it).

To use Session Templates:

  1. Open a session that has all the elements you want to re-use.
  2. Choose File > Export > Session As Template, give it a name, and click OK.
  3. Choose File > New > Multitrack Session
  4. Pick the session template you just created from the Template drop down list, and get to work!

All of the files you had in the original session are there. You can also choose to include markers and metadata. Note that you can delete a template by selecting it in the New Session dialog, then clicking the trash can icon next to the Template field. Also note that we include eleven templates optimized for different workflows. They can be handy as a starting point.

Questions? Comments? Ideas for topics you’d like to see us cover? Let us know.

Not using Audition CS6 yet? You can download a free 30 day trial Or just go ahead and order a full copy or upgrade!

Audition is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, so you can subscribe once and get access to Audition CS6, Photoshop CS6, and all of Adobe’s other creative tools.

Expanded export options in Audition CS6

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 (, which includes a whole BUNCH of audio file formats, from the esoteric to the widely-used:

  • *.au
  • *.avr
  • *.caf
  • *.flac
  • *.htk
  • *.iff
  • *.mat
  • *.ogg
  • *.paf
  • *.pcm (There it is! Easy to miss on such a long list.)
  • *.pvf
  • *.rf64
  • *.sd2
  • *.sds
  • *.sf
  • *.voc
  • *.vox
  • *.w64
  • *.wve
  • *.xi

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.

Questions? Comments? Ideas for topics you’d like to see us cover? Let us know.

Not using Audition CS6 yet? You can download a free 30 day trial, or just go ahead and order a full copy or upgrade!

Audition is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, so you can subscribe once and get access to Audition CS6, Photoshop CS6, and all of Adobe’s other creative tools.

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 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.