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The latest update for Audition CC 2015 now available!

It’s my pleasure to announce that the latest release of Adobe Audition CC 2015 is now available for download!  I shared a sneak peek online in September, and in person at IBC, and today I’m happy to make it available to all Creative Cloud members.  Whether you’ll be using Remix to craft custom re-arrangements from your music library, downloading or developing integrated Creative Cloud Extension panels, synthesizing scratch voiceovers using Generate Speech, or using our updated Loudness tools to ensure broadcast regulation compatibility, this update is built to delight you.  Workspace bar and increased UI performance with large multitrack sessions round out the new improvements by helping you work faster than ever before.

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Watch for deep dives into each of these features over the next few weeks, where we’ll show you all the tips and tricks to getting the best results.  You can see Jason Levine presenting Audio Tools for Post at IBC, and be sure to let us know on Twitter and Facebook how you’re using #AdobeAudition in your projects.

You can install the latest update for Adobe Audition through Creative Cloud for desktop or from within Audition by selecting Help > Updates in the menu.

Find out what’s new in the rest of the Adobe video and audio tools lineup:

If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you always have access to the most up-to-date version of Audition. Go to the Creative Cloud site to download it and other Adobe applications. To try out the 2015 update for Adobe Audition CC, you can sign up for a free Creative Cloud trial membership.  For information about Creative Cloud memberships, visit this page.

Audition Deep Dive: Loudness Correction

Loudness has become one of the biggest topics in broadcast over the last few years, as most countries have introduced requirements to balance program volume across all content.  It’s not a guessing game, however, and standards have been clearly defined for the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, and many other regions.  A few years ago, Audition first offered loudness correction for broadcast users within our Match Volume panel, later introducing the real-time Radar Loudness metering panel, licensed by our partners at TC Electronic.  Since then, many users requested Audition expand the loudness correction tool to support new and updated standards and additional features, as well as reduce the steps needed to ensure a project in Premiere was ready for broadcast.  I’m very happy to announce that our team responded, introducing new presets for ATSC and EBU, and adding True Peak Limiting.  We also put the exact same functionality into Adobe Media Encoder and Premiere Pro!

Find the new options and loudness features in the Match Loudness panel.

Find the new options and loudness features in the Match Loudness panel.

In the Match To dropdown, select the preset for your region or adjust the parameters to your custom settings, and we’ll remember them for next time.  ITU-R BS.1770-3 has been updated to meet the latest standards, and is the foundation upon which most other loudness legislation is based upon.  ATSC A/85 meets the U.S. regulations, and EBU R128 is calibrated for European distribution.

Match True Peak Level ensures your intra-sample signals will NEVER clip, which is not always the case with standard limiters.  A normal hard limiter limits sample values, preventing any single sample from exceeding the limit, however, there are situations as consecutive samples approach the limit where the signal can clip even though no sample has.  True Peak limiting looks ahead and calculates whether the signal will clip between samples, and will adjust accordingly.  (We also added True Peak limiting to our Hard Limiter effect, so you can use it with your existing, non-broadcast loudness workflows, too!)

As I mentioned, we also put these same world-class automated loudness correction tools in Premiere Pro and AME, so you don’t need to take a special trip to Audition if you’re not already mixing and mastering your audio there..  When you export a sequence, find the new Loudness section located in the export Effects group.  Same options, same results!  You can also choose to export a Loudness Report which is an XML-based document that contains the analysis and correction details, which is required for many locales or organizations.

Keep on scrolling, it's a ways down there!

Keep on scrolling, it’s a ways down the Effects column!

Audition Deep Dive: Generate Speech

Generate Speech

Modern operating systems come packed with features that are often hidden away or difficult to use.  Both OS X and Windows support speech synthesis using standardized voice libraries, but they are often exposed only through command-line operations or as an accessibility feature.  It’s been difficult for editors and producers to use these tools in their projects to generate scratch voiceovers, interesting transitions and narration, or for use in game design. Audition now offers an easy-to-use panel to access these voices to generate speech files for use in your recordings and multitrack projects.

To get started, select Effects > Generate > Speech… from the menu bar in either Waveform or Multitrack view.  You may be prompted to create a new file to store the synthesized speech track.  The interface is simple: Select the language, gender, and voice you wish to use, then type or paste the text you want to hear them say.

Use any SAPI5-compatible voice library for Windows or OS X and easily generate speech tracks in Waveform or Multitrack view

Use any SAPI5-compatible voice library for Windows or OS X and easily generate speech tracks in Waveform or Multitrack view 

You can preview different voices and make adjustments to the speaking rate, choosing a shorter or faster cadence.  If you’re creating scratch voiceovers that will be replaced later, choose a rate which closely matches the speaking rate of your talent or actors.             

Your OS probably has a few voices already installed for you, which are generally for personal use only and not licensed for use in commercial projects, but you can purchase and license hundreds of high-quality voices from many online companies.  For OS X users, many additional voices and languages may be available for download.  Click the Settingbutton to open the OS Speech preferences, then choose Customize… from the System Voice parameter.

 To preview and purchase voices which may be used commercially, visit the websites below.  There are also applications available which enable anyone to create their own voice libraries which can be installed and distributed.

Audition Deep Dive: REMIX – Automatically rearrange any song to fit any duration

Music is a crucial element for most video productions, supporting the visuals and providing the perfect mood. But our favorite musicians rarely consider the length of our video projects when composing and producing their songs. This means we often need to pay a remix engineer to create a new version of a song, try to tackle it ourselves by finding loopable clips and aligning beats, or giving up and just creating an abrupt fade out at the end of our project. None of these solutions help with budgets, deadlines, or artistic integrity, which is where a new feature in Adobe Audition steps in to save the day.

Audition’s new REMIX tool analyzes your song files, identifying hundreds of loops, transitions, and important segments, and then allows you to quickly remix to any duration. While it’s default settings are often nothing short of miraculous, several parameters allow editors to dial in an ideal new arrangement.

The song file is much longer than the video, but I don't want to just fade out in the middle of a verse.

This song file is much longer than the video, but I don’t want to just fade out in the middle of a verse. Remix will analyze the song and find dozens of potential transitions, then put the pieces together to create a new shorter or longer song to match my desired duration as closely as possible.

To use Remix in your own projects, drop a song clip into an empty track in your multitrack session. Open the Properties panel and click Enable Remix <replace with image of button> in the Remix group. Audition will analyze the recording using a combination of beat detection and source-separation for harmonic identification. This process usually takes around 4 seconds per minute of source music, so it should be very fast. Once analyzed, you can type a specific Target Duration in the panel, or simply drag the zig-zag Remix Clip Handles to adjust the length of your clip and snap to length of your video file.

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Drag the Remix clip handles, or type an exact duration to create a remix.

Drag the Remix clip handles, or type an exact duration to create a remix.

Almost instantaneously, your clip will be remixed with each transition between two segments of the original song indicated by vertical zig-zags, which resemble splices on old tape or film recordings.  Move the playhead a few seconds before one of these transitions and hit play, listening closely as Audition crossfades over the beat.

In green is the Remix clip, while the pink track represents the individual clips and crossfades used to compose the remix.

In green is the Remix clip, while the pink track exposes the individual clips and crossfades used to compose the remix.  Note that the crossfades are represented by white zig-zags in the Remix clip. You will likely work completely with the single Remix clip, but if you right-click and choose Remix > Split Remixed Clip into Segments, you can access each segment or adjust crossfades as you like.

For a lot of music, the default results will sound great and be unnoticeable by listeners. But for well-known or dynamic songs, you may want to try a different arrangement. Open the Remix Properties Advanced section and you’ll see a small selection of options that will adjust your remix.

 

Depending on the tempo and specific nature of the song you used, the duration may not be exactly precise. You could enable the Stretch to exact duration parameter, applying a real-time stretch to the clip for sample-perfect timing.

Edit Length

Edit Length tells the algorithm to favor shorter segments with more transitions, or longer segments with fewer transitions. If your original song changes fairly dramatically from start to finish, shorter segments and more transitions will allow your remix to flow more naturally. Songs with a consistent structure and style may benefit from fewer transitions, keeping any changes to a minimum.

Features:

Features instructs the algorithm to favor Timbre (rhythmic elements) or Harmonic structure when making transitions and crossfades. For electronic or pop music, Timbre will make sure the beat stays locked in place. For choral or softer tracks, Harmonic emphasis will help create smooth blends.

Minimum Loop:

Minimum Loop tells Audition the shortest segment you will permit, in number of beats, and can be useful if the algorithm makes short transitions which might be mathematically ideal, but which sound unnatural to our subjective ears.

Maximum Slack:

Finally, Maximum Slack constrains the remix duration to as close to your target duration as possible. If an exact duration is not necessary, adjusting this parameter can make for better-sounding remixes.

 

We hope Audition’s Remix tool helps you work faster and generate better results for less effort. It might not put remix professionals out of work just yet, but several DJ’s have already told me they’ll be using it as part of their own workflows. I feel confident you’ll make it part of yours as well.

Learn Audition CC by trying your hand at basic noise reduction

We now have a great intro course for Audition CC that shows you how to fix your audio, easily and efficiently. Free for all CC members, the course includes with downloadable assets. You can can complete the exercises in 30 minutes.

The new course arrives at a good time. We’ve been really pleased at the number of downloads of Audition CC since its release last June. Many of those downloaders are  CC members who are already experienced in audio editing – but there are growing numbers of users, especially video editors, who are still new to the art of manipulating sound. We’re happy to be able to help those folks get started with these new exercises – under the expert guidance of Adobe evangelist Jason Levine. Little known fact: Jason originally came to Adobe as part of the Cool Edit Pro team. That was the product that became Adobe Audition.

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Adobe Audition CC includes powerful tools that let you remove sounds easily and efficiently, including really cool Photoshop-style paintbrush, lasso, and healing tools. Unless you shoot your video and record audio in a professional studio, there is a good chance your clips have unwanted background noise in them.

Sometimes the best way to learn to use software is just to dive right in. The new Learn Audition CC – Get started allows you to do just that!

Download Adobe Audition CC.

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

 

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…

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.

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

Create Now and Creative Cloud for Teams

Adobe held a fantastically successful Create Now event yesterday showing how artists and production professional are using Creative Cloud to bring their work to the next level. Thousands of people from all around the world took part. Our own Jason Levine, worldwide Adobe evangelist, audio pro, musician – and a veteran from the old days when Audition was still called Cool Edit Pro – is one of the presenters.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can still watch Create Now on Adobe TV.

Yesterday also saw the announcement of Creative Cloud for Teams – a better way of working together.

Recommended reading: our colleague Kathy Charneco has written a great post on the Pro Video Coalition blog – Reinventing Video Creation with Adobe Creative Cloud.

New to Audition? Download it as part of your Creative Cloud membership – or get a 30-day free trial to test it out.