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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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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!

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.

Audition CS6 and Audio plug-ins

Audition CS6 added support for VST3 plug-ins, rounding out our support for all of the major plug-in formats (we also support VST and AU). Note that VSTi and DirectX effects are not supported in Audition CS6.

This release also introduces an under-the-hood change that may not be as obvious—but that helps make using 3rd party plug-ins in Audition more predictable.

Most audio apps scan for plug-ins on launch, but in our experience—given the enormous range of plug-ins out in the world—that can be a problem. If one plug-in crashes, the whole application comes down, and the resulting troubleshooting process is not a lot of fun.

In Audition CS6, we’ve separated scanning for plug-ins from launching the app. As a result, start-up times for Audition are super quick. And because plug-ins are scanned separately, we’re able to isolate and disable any that are causing trouble.

How do you scan for 3rd party effects? Simple: choose Effects > Audio Plug-in Manager. In the VST Plug-in Folders section of the dialog, specify the folders where your 3rd party effects are stored, then click Scan for Plug-ins. Most of your effects will simply then be available, but any that fail to scan correctly will simply be listed as disabled. If you add new effects, all you have to do is click the Rescan Existing Plug-ins option.

One last note about plug-ins for Audition: because the app is currently 32-bit, only 32-bit versions of 3rd party effects are supported. We’ve been happy to see the top tier effects companies like WAVES and iZotop release 64-bit plug-ins, and would love to hear what you think—so please leave a comment!

Feedback? 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.

Handy new editing features: Skip Selection and Trim to Time

It’s been a while since we’ve posted, and we thought it’d be fun to start showcasing some of the features we delivered in Audition CS6. Today’s focus: Skip Selection and Trim to Time.

Both of these are features that Audition 3 users likely know and love, in large part because they help you work faster. But like so much with Audition CS6, we took those feature ideas and made them better. If you’re not using them today, check them out.

Use the Skip Selection option in the Transport Controls area to preview edits quickly and easily—in both the Waveform and, for the first time, Multitrack views. When this option is turned on, Audition skips over any selected portions of a clip or clips. You can finesse the selection as needed, and once you’ve got it right, simply delete the selected area by right clicking and choosing Ripple Delete > Time Selection in Selected Clips. It’s a good idea to turn Skip Selection off if you’re not using it to preview edits.

Want to control how long the pre-roll and post-roll plays when using Skip Selection? In Audition 3, you had to set a numeric preference. Now it’s easier and way more intuitive—just move the playhead to wherever you want the pre-roll to start, such as a pause between phrases in spoken word content. That sets the pre-roll, which the post-roll matches—and Audition will continue to use this duration until you specify something different.

Trim to Time was called in Adjust Boundaries in Audition 3. Use the Time Selection Tool to select the parts of a clip (or clips—you can select across as many tracks as you like) you want to use, then choose Clip > Trim to Time Selection (or press Option or Alt T). As you’d expect, you can always go back and un-trim the clips.

That’s a quick review of just two handy editing features—stay tuned for more!

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

Want to talk with us about Audition?

The feature-request/bug-report form is the absolute best, most effective way to communicate with Adobe about feature requests and product bugs. The Audition team takes your feedback seriously and reads everything you submit there.

The Adobe Audition user-to-user forum is great for asking questions about how to use the software. Before posting a question, first do a search to confirm whether your question has been answered before—many have.

If you need one-on-one assistance, see this page to contact Adobe Technical Support. (Note that you must register your product before you can open a technical support case for it.)

To keep up with the latest Audition developments, follow our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Inside Sound blog.

Lastly, if you’re still running Audition 3.0, be sure to update to 3.0.1 to get the very best performance out of the app. This quick download fixes a wide range of issues that customers reported using the bug report form above. We’re listening to you!

Following the Letter of the (Pan) Law

Have you ever moved an audio or video project from one application to another or performed a mix down of your tracks, only to have the volume be too loud or too quiet for no apparent reason?

Dan Ramirez from the After Effects team brought it to our attention that he has recently been fielding questions about differences in audio levels when moving a project from one NLE (or DAW) to another. We in the Audition team thought this was a very relevant and interesting topic as many of you may also encounter problems with your audio levels such as quiet/loud vocals/narration, possibly even clipping when you know the files are OK, all resulting in uneven audio mixes. These problems often arise because the new application uses a different “pan law” than the application you originally mixed your audio with.

The pan law (or sometimes called “pan rule” or “panning law”) simply determines how an audio signal is modified across the Left to Right stereo field. To illustrate, if you pan a track to the right, the sound comes out your right speaker only, then if you pan the track to the center, the sound comes out of both speakers. If the same volume level was used when panned right and also in the center, the center would be louder than the right because the same level is now coming out both speakers, not just one and yet you haven’t made any changes to your mix.

The pan law creates a consistent and smooth volume transition when panning from right or left to the center in a stereo field. This compensation is done by reducing the level of the audio channel the closer it’s panned to the center. Typically the signal is lowered as it approaches center using a sine/cosine curve ranging from -3 dB to -6 dB (this sometimes is done using a logarithmic curve as an alternative). There was research completed in the 1930’s by Disney which suggested that -3 dB was optimal for the listener, however a different study done by the BBC in the 1970’s suggest that -4.5 dB was better. What is “best” is up for debate and will depend largely on the listener, listening environment, speaker placement and the speakers themselves (including headphones). See the reference bullets at the end of the post for more detail on this.

I should note this does not just apply to software, but also to external mixing consoles (digital and analog) which have since the beginning of stereo audio employed the same pan law principals, for example SSL consoles use a -4.5 dB pan law and Yamaha digital consoles typically use a -3 dB pan law.

Applications like Adobe Audition, along with other NLE’s and DAW’s, allow you to change your pan law settings to resolve the differences and ensure you get quality mixes for your project. Getting familiar with these settings can help you get past the clipping audio channels and back onto making creative decisions.

Accessing and changing this option in Audition 3 is easy:

  1. Go to “View” on the top menu bar
  2. Choose “Advanced Session Properties…” (or you can get to this using the shortcut CTRL+P)
  3. Select the “Mixing” tab:
Audition 3 Advanaced Session Settings dialog

Audition 3 Advanaced Session Settings dialog

References for further reading…

  • Gerzon, Michael A. 1992. Panpot laws for multispeaker stereo. 92nd Convention of the Audio Eng. Soc., Vienna. Preprint 3309.
  • Holman, T. (2000) 5.1 Surround Sound Up and Running. Focal Press Rumsey, F. (2001) Spatial Audio. Focal Press.

Of course, surround sound mixing adds yet another dimension to this, but that’s a topic for another day…


Colin Stefani / Sr. Program Manager – Audio

The Adobe Audition Team

Yes, Audition is coming to the Mac!!!

Today on Adobe Labs, we announced that Adobe® Audition®, the all-in-one professional audio toolset for recording, mixing, editing and mastering, is going to come to the Mac in a future release! Check out the labs page to see video of it in action. If you’re as excited as we are, please sign up to be notified when the beta is available so you can test some of the new features and provide us with your feedback:

Key innovations in the future release of Adobe Audition include native multi-channel support for 5.1 surround sound for professional results, noise reduction and restoration capabilities, significant performance and time-saving improvements, and new audio effects including de-hummer, de-esser, and volume leveler. All of these capabilities are planned to come to Mac users in the next release of Adobe’s comprehensive professional audio editing tool.