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April 14, 2012 /Audition /CS6 /

Adobe Audition CS6 Multitrack Enhancements

While the list of new features and changes to Audition CS6 is extensive, I wanted to take the time to focus a bit on the additions to the Audition Multitrack environment. As you will notice, even though many of these features existed in the Windows-only versions of Audition 3 and earlier – each one has been improved and extended in Audition CS6.

Here are the highlights:

Clip Grouping: The ability to group clips has returned to Audition. Not only did we add the abilities from Audition 3, but Audition CS6 extends that to allow users to make changes to individual clips within a group (with our suspend feature) and make group time-alignment adjustments to real-time stretch settings. Of course you can once again perform other group actions like fade, lock, mute, colorize and trimming of all clips in the group as well. Check out a walk-through of grouping in Colin’s sneak peak video here.

Metronome: Audition CS6 introduces a new Metronome track that acts as a full featured part of the Audition CS6 Multitrack. While it was nice to have an on/off switch for this in Audition 3 and earlier, the new track metronome allows for much more flexibility (similar to a normal audio track) which includes routing the output and muting. We also added the option to change the accent pattern and sound set directly within the Properties panel.

Clip Stretching: The return of clip stretching also brings new options and the ability to perform real-time or rendered stretches using iZotope Radius. We have also implemented a varispeed clip stretching option to allow independent adjustments of time vs pitch. We plan to have a more in-depth post about this feature later, but I suggest taking a peek at the reveal video posted on the Production Premium Reveal page for more details.

Session Templates: This feature has been requested since back in the days of Cool Edit Pro and we have now introduced it in Audition CS6. We allow users to create templates from common Multitrack session layouts and load them when creating a new session. We also have a set of defaults that we ship with to help get you started. Check out Durin’s short demonstration on how to use Session Templates in the video posted here. After watching the video you’ll notice that we didn’t load this up with complicated choices or steps. Templates are easy to create and very simple to use.

Session Export Enhancements: This includes the ability to perform a “save copies of associated files” export to package all files included in the session to a new location. Users can also choose to convert file formats and change sample rate and other file properties before exporting their session and assets. Another great addition is the ability to perform a mixdown of your session with advanced options such as exporting multiple versions in mono, stereo and 5.1. We also allow for the choice to export each track (including buses) as individual files.

Preference to save all files with Sessions: This preference (when enabled) will ensure that when a session file is saved, the session will reference all files within the session AND all files open in the Files panel. This allows users to start working on the construction of a session, save the .sesx file, and come back later to continue adding files from the Files panel directly to the timeline. This will be a huge timesaver for many.

Automatic Speech Alignment: Some of you may remember this from the 2011 Adobe Max Sneak Peak when Brian King demonstrated this as a new research feature called “RubbaDub”. Well, we were able to implement the first version of this technology into Audition CS6 as “Automatic Speech Alignment”. The concept is as follows:  Choose two clips that are at relatively the same point in time with relative alignment but which are also out of sync with each other. With the clips selected, choose to perform an Automatic Speech Alignment and choose the reference and unaligned targets. Audition will analyze the files and do it’s best to align the waveforms to sync the two sources. This is another feature we plan to give more in-depth coverage later, but Colin also covers it in his sneak peak video to get you started.

Workflow Enhancements: There are many other new features, changes and improvements that have been made to the Multitrack environment of Audition CS6. Below is a list of other features that were high priority and most requested for this release.

  • Clip spotting: Use the properties panel to manually enter clip start and end times for precise placement.
  • Control Surface Support: Mackie MCU, native Avid EUCON, other controller support.
  • Recordable track automation: Full Write, Touch, Latch support with undo.
  • Skip Selection: A new play mode found in the transport that allows users to define an area and preview the pre and post roll before making an edit.
  • Select all clips from playhead to end of track: Shortcut to quickly select all clips in a track starting from the playhead position.
  • Sum to Mono: Button option for each track to control the output to mono.
  • Bounce selected track: Bounce an entire track as a new clip.
  • Reveal clip in files panel: Instantly reveal the source of any clip in your timeline.
  • Trim to selection: Make a time selection and quickly trim your clips to the selection region.
  • Send clip to back: Arrange clips on the same track by sending the top clip to the back of the stack.
  • Preference to play or mute overlapped clips: Choose to either play or mute clips (or sections of a clip) that may be hiding beneath others with this new preference.
  • Snap volume and pan envelopes at 0dB: New snapping control for volume and pan envelopes to ensure 0dB positional placement.
  • Drag and drop file marker range to multitrack (as clip): With the new “show markers for all files” button in the Markers panel, drag and drop marker ranges directly into a session as a new clip.



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For a larger list of new and changed features in Audition CS6 please visit

Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of the new features in Audition CS6…



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  • By pourya amraji - 5:38 PM on April 14, 2012  

    very good

  • By Greg - 7:59 PM on April 14, 2012  

    This will change the way I do radio production. Everything I’ve wanted to see in Audition is right there. Thank you Adobe! This completely makes up for Audition CS 5.5 🙂

  • By George - 8:40 PM on June 6, 2012  

    I am angered by the fact that they say “Skip Selection” is a “new play feature” when it used to be in Audition 3 but got removed at some point along the way. A removal that has been very frustrating for me, and now it is being reintroduced as “new” to make this upgrade look more appealing? That is pretty crooked.

    • By Colin Stefani - 7:26 PM on June 7, 2012  

      I think there’s some confusion where the “new” is, it previously was a play mode in the editor and there is no attempt to pass that as new. However in CS6 and for the first time in Audition it is now in the multitrack (which did not exist before).

    • By Ron Day - 7:32 PM on June 7, 2012  

      The other thing to remember is that skip selection is “new” to anyone using Audition on the Mac. Audition CS5.5 did not contain this feature and it was requested by users on both Mac and Windows. We have also enhanced the workflow with the feature to allow for real-time changes to pre and post roll and enabled it in the multitrack. While the idea of skipping a selection is not new to anyone who used the Windows-only version of Audition in the past, it is new in many other ways for anyone using the new CS version of the application.

  • By Joseph Hebert - 3:39 PM on July 3, 2012  

    What would it cost me to update Adobe audition CS5.5 to CS 6 which includes a metronome

    • By durin - 4:15 PM on July 9, 2012  

      Upgrades from CS5.5 to CS6 are available for $75, which is half the price of upgrades from earlier versions.

  • By Philip Nielsen - 5:42 PM on July 29, 2012  

    I just downloaded Audiotion 6 7/28/2012. I can convert stereo to 5.1 with audiition. But how do I play it back to 5.1 speakers?

    • By durin - 4:18 PM on July 30, 2012  


      If your audio device supports multiple outputs, you can configure Audition to use it under Preferences > Audio Hardware and Preferences > Audio Channel Mapping.

  • By Anthony Kabiito - 1:02 PM on August 1, 2012  

    The Metronome Track in CS6 is nice but I have tried to do a Mixdown and the metronome is not included in the mixdown. How does one make a mixdown with this track?

  • By Philip Nielsen - 4:36 PM on August 7, 2012  

    I am still unsure about the conversion process. I took a stereo file and made a direct 5.1 channel. This is still a two channel waveform. Can this converted signal be mapped to the 5 channels? If so this would be very fast and easy?

  • By Rob Xpyakyalo - 11:10 PM on September 9, 2012  

    Wow ya CS5.5 kinda was like… stripped. They made many angry. Nice to see it fixed. damn you gotta compete with a few biggies but I actually like the layout of it all, better than all the others. (Logic, Vegas, Sonar, Avid, etc.) Simple yet well thought out. I miss MIDI tho. FL Studio is still GOD.

  • By Andrew Gordon - 12:14 PM on June 5, 2013  

    In Audition 3 when you set a certain BPM with the metronome, it would apply to everything. If you went into “echo” and chose to have the timing go by BPM, then it would use the current speed of the metronome. In CS6 when you choose to have the echo timing go by BPM, it does NOT go by the metronome BPM. Why and how can I fix this? Unbelievable!