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!
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:
- Open a session that has all the elements you want to re-use.
- Choose File > Export > Session As Template, give it a name, and click OK.
- Choose File > New > Multitrack Session
- 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.
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