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November 14, 2008 /Soundbooth /

ASND Battles the Oops Factor!


This dreaded expression is usually accompanied by wailing and gnashing of the teeth after a bad audio edit is saved by mistake. Depending upon when the problem is discovered, this could be followed by hours of re-doing all your edits or it could mean loss of a client if the original file is lost or damaged beyond repair.

The Adobe Sound Document (ASND), which is pronounced “a-sound”, was introduced in Soundbooth CS4 to address the “Oops Factor” in the world of audio editing. When you save your edits to an audio file using the ASND format, effects and volume changes are saved in a non-destructive way so that you can open the file later and tweak these settings. Additionally, the ASND format supports the notion of snapshots. Similar to snapshots in Photoshop, this gives you the ability to save multiple versions of your edits and allows you to easily switch between them. By default, Soundbooth will ask if you want to save the original document in the ASND package so you can always retrieve the untouched file you started with.

When you need to do more complex editing or work with multiple audio clips, you can use Soundbooth’s multitrack view. In multitrack the ASND format is used to save all project and timeline information, as well as packaging together all the clips used. You also get the benefit of saving clip trims, clip effects, volume and pan envelope changes and snapshots non-destructively. The packaging of all the source clips and project info into a single file also makes moving this media around to different workstations as easy as a single file copy. No more hunting down source materials months after the original editing session. It’s self-archiving!

While the actual contents of an ASND can be quite complex, it appears to other applications in CS4 as a simple audio file (e.g., .WAV). Each ASND contains a mixdown of the edits that have been made, which is what is used in other CS4 applications. ASND is supported in Flash, Premiere Pro and After Effects CS4. So you can import an ASND into your library or project, preview the file, place it on the timeline and render it into your Flash or video output. To make changes to an ASND simply right-click (command-click on Mac) and choose “Edit in Soundbooth.” This will open the full audio project so you can make additional edits, switch to different snapshots, etc. After you save your changes in Soundbooth, switch back to Flash or Premiere Pro and you will instantly see your changes updated in the ASND file.

While we can never completely eliminate all your oops, we hope ASND is one tool in your toolbox that can help reduce them.

Happy editing!

Paul Ellis
Engineering Manager


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  • By Nick Marques - 2:49 PM on November 26, 2008  

    It would be nice to see some Dynamic Link action perhaps with Adobe Audition session files. Or, will there be an update for Audition to support these ASND files?

  • By Lawson - 11:26 AM on December 2, 2008  

    Hi Nick,Thanks for the feedback. We plan to add support for ASND in a future release of Audition.-Lawson

  • By Danny - 9:50 AM on December 15, 2008  

    Hi Lawson,Your confimation above has literally made my year!As a filmmaker who edits and scores my own work — much of which involves uncanny synchronization of (often frenetic) audio with animated visual elements in After Effects with Trapcode Soundkeys — I have long dreamed of this kind of symbiosis between PP/AE and a music application.I am currently a Steinberg user — and have been for much of my life — but I am pretty much ready to jump ship the moment this feature is added to Audition! (The fact that I am making this statement before I’ve so much as even downloaded the v.3 trial should give you an idea of how much this news excites me!)A couple of questions:1) Will I be able to create multiple ASNDs from individual outputs/buses, or will it be limited to the master-out?2) Any speculation on when the next version of Audition might be released?3) If you’re unable to answer the previous question, can you tell me whether Adobe ever considers additional discounts on the standard upgrades of their products, if the previous version was purchased in the last ‘x’ number of months?Many thanks,DP

  • By Lawson - 2:35 PM on January 5, 2009  

    Hi Nick,I’m afraid I can’t comment on specifics regarding future releases. I would be interested in knowing whether you would prefer ASND support in Audition using individual outputs, the master-out or both and why.We haven’t created the upgrade pricing policy for the next release of Audition, so it’s too soon for me to comment on this. However, I’m certainly interested in hearing any specific ideas/suggestions.Regards,Lawson

  • By mohsen - 2:35 PM on April 27, 2009  

    Hi Dear. Please Disable auto Add New Track When Mixdown on Multitrack (like v.1.5)In next version of a.auditionThanks For All

  • By Stephen - 4:24 PM on April 28, 2011  

    It would be great if I could save multiple open wave files as asnd. Rather than having to save each individual file one after the other.