I came across another news article talking about podcasting and Audition. While it talks about many different solutions, including free software for people who want to get started on a shoestring budget, it points out that Audition is “more or less the industry standard” for podcasting. We’re finding that’s particularly true once folks are looking to make podcasts with quality equal to major radio broadcasts rather than sounding like a hobbyist production.
What are some of the things you like about Audition when you’re doing podcasts (or traditional broadcast)? We’re looking to put together a short document on why Audition is good for this work and I’d love some input from you all.
Also, I’ve mentioned it before but if you are already into podcasting you might want to take a look at Building the Pod, which includes lots of podcast-specific tips on how to use Audition.
Well, I think I must have really arrived on the blog scene because my comments inbox is filled with spam every day. Endless attempts to get me to approve some link to some site so that you folks will be tricked into going and so Google and other engines will think I like whatever it is that they’re doing. I know it’s not directly comparable, but it reminds me of how a lot of artists have said (and I distinctly remember a quote from Nirvana) that they really knew that they made it once Weird Al did a parody of their song.
Anyway, I wanted everyone to know it’s taking a bit longer than it did initially for me to review comments since I dig through all of them. Also, I might get more aggressive and start snipping out URLs if I’m not sure about them or they seem too commercial.
Durin, a member of the Audition testing team, send me one of the more interesting links I’ve seen in a while to this video. The basic concept is a sound sequencer that uses pieces of music videos to recreate music that you send into the system by microphone. Basically, beat box or talk into the mic and the system will grab slices of a music video to play back to recreate that sound as closely as it can. And of course the snippets of video play back, too, for the visual part of the show. Sven Konig, the creator of the system, also walks through the basics of how his system works. Recommended watching if you want to see something strange and new!
I just got a message that Digital Music Doctor has produced a 2 hour training video on Adobe Audition 2.0. I haven’t seen this video (or any of the others that Digital Music Doctor has produced) but the subject list makes it look like it might be very interesting to folks looking to get up to speed on the new version. There’s a short preview available on the website that gives you a peak at the production values and methodology in the video, and it looks like it’s only $34.95 to order the whole thing.
If anyone has tried it out let us know what you think!
This may not be the most powerful sequencer in the world, but I’m betting it’s the only one that is powered by sheep. I found it too funny to resist mentioning it. Plus, for some reason I can’t quite place, seeing interesting uses of Flash seems particularly compelling to me lately.
(via Music Thing)
This article from The Daily Bruin (UCLA’s newspaper) came up in my Google alert last week. I thought it was an interesting (but short) look at how technology is making it possible for anyone to make music more readily, and then use social networking sites like MySpace to market themselves.
This article got me thinking again about MySpace, which I’ve thought about a lot off and on ever since I read this article in Wired about a band called Hawthorne Heights who has catapulted themselves to success not via the classic recording industry, but by using the Internet (and MySpace in particular) to attract, retain, and manage their fanbase. At the time of the article, Hawthorn Heights had a mailing list of over 200,000 fans which, as Wired points out, is “a direct marketing list that any major-label act would kill for.” Plus, because of the nature of a “friends” list on MySpace they have produced incredibly loyal fans who will come out to see them wherever they go. They always sell out clubs on their tours and were a major act in the 2005 Warped tour.
By using the Internet Hawthorne Heights as done something that many have dreamed of and have become “middle class” musicians. By that I mean that they are not multi-platinum, mansion living, private jet flying rock stars, but they are making a living touring and playing their music.
In the past it was the record labels’ job to listen to all of the music that was created, all of the aspiring musicians and bands, and figure out which ones were good enough to give a shot. But could MySpace or a similar site take over this role effectively and perhaps be enough to create a new, livable, class of musician? MySpace is certainly embracing this possibility with a dedicated music section, and it’s even announced that it will be forming a music label of its own. I certainly hope they, or *someone* can manage to find and tip us all off to more good artists–there’s so much great music out there right now that never gets promoted, but I find it almost impossible to sort out the good from the bad.
There are probably 1,000 shortcuts and speedy ways to do things in Audition that long-time users take for granted but that new users don’t know about. One thing that came up while I was on the Asia-Pacific seminar tour was all the ways that you can quickly zoom into different parts of your waveform or session in Audition. I did a quick right-click-drag on a ruler in the course of demoing Frequency Space Editing, and the person I was watching the demo stopped me to ask what had just happened. So, here’s some tips for quick navigation.
- Everyone sees the zoom palette with the different zoom buttons as the first way to zoom. It’s fine and gives you options, but I basically never use it except, perhaps, the zoom out full button:
- My favorite is using the mouse wheel to zoom. In the Edit View hover over the waveform and roll the wheel on the mouse to zoom around wherever the mouse cursor is. In the Multitrack view, hover over the ruler. (In Multitrack, rolling the mouse wheel over the waveforms scrolls the tracks instead of zoom, and over the track controls it zooms into each track instead of in time). In either view you can also hover over the portion bar (the green bar at the top of the Main panel) and roll your mouse wheel to zoom.
- Speaking of the portion bar, you can also click and drag on its edges to change your zoom.
- Finally, what sparked this discussion is that you can right-click and drag on any ruler to define an area to zoom to. This is my favorite: I see something I want to zoom in on so I right-click drag, then when I’m done, I roll my mouse wheel back to zoom back out. It really speeds up my editing. I also use it all the time in Spectral Frequency View on both axes to look at single sound for editing.
You can also zoom in on both the Frequency Analysis and Phase Analysis windows to take a closer look, too. Just use the right-click-drag trick. Zoom away!
Flash Forward was in Seattle last week (while I was out of town–curses!) and some of the Audition team was there to check the show out and meet some Flash designers and developers. One of the cool things that came up was that the guys who do the gut-bustingly funny Homestar Runner had a session on “how we make it” and it turns out they record, edit, and process all the audio in Audition, then export it to animate to in Flash. Cool!
Doing something cool with Audition? Let us know at coolaud(at)adobe(dot)com!
When I was in Singapore my hotel room had what looked like a normal, unassuming television.
Yet on closer inspection it was clearly something special. This television didn’t just have normal 2-stereo, it had clearly-labeled, revolutionary 3-stereo! Plus, it’s a system, which just means quality.
But, wait, there’s more. There was also the “INCREDIBLE SOUND” option. Wow! One option and the sound can be incredible!
Being an audio aficionado myself I, of course, couldn’t resist and kept it turned on. My theory is the incredible sound projects in the mysterious 3-stereo, which I’m clearly not tuned to hear, so it didn’t sound any different. But I’m sure it was incredible.
(I clearly need a category for “so off topic you should just skip ahead, thank you.” I blame the severe jet lag.)
We finished our Asia-Pacific seminar tour in great style in Sydney yesterday. The event was held in a very nice theater at the Australia Technology Park, which is an old brick railroad service yard that’s been converted into offices and conference facilities. The architecture of the building was interesting, with exposed steal rivets and beams everywhere.
As for the seminar itself, it went very well. The crowd in the theater was smaller than some of our previous stops, but we had hundreds of people from across Australia tuned into a live webcast of the event. To all of you who tuned in, I hope you enjoyed the show!
(Bob presenting one of his marathon sessions)
Last night the team went out for a celebratory dinner down on the harbor, and I took the obligatory shot of the Sydney Opera House at night. This is a city I could definitely learn to love, but now all I have left is wrapping up with some meetings and then it’s the long flight home on Friday.
Finally, a shout out to the guys who stuck around after the seminar after it was over to hang out and talk audio. It’s always great to meet users and put some faces to the names!