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March 19, 2010 /Audition /

Audition XML Session Format

With the release of Audition 3.0, a new multitrack XML session format was implemented. XML is a human-readable standard for electronically encoding documents with numerous benefits over binary formats which have been well documented. XML is the foundation for documents that determine how this web page will appear in your web browser or how your word processing application displays the formatting and fonts used in your last .docx file. It has become a crucial standard for archival and project formats because of it’s high-readability and platform compatibility.

The Audition team recognized the need for a safer archival format, one that could be reconstructed if the file were partially damaged or that would ease conversion to other DAW formats. Audition XML sessions can be opened and edited in Notepad, created programmatically from scripts and other tools or even printed on paper for physical archival. Thirty years from now when Audition has been updated to support the latest in 5th dimensional sound and neural input devices the original session parameters could be accurately reconstructed from the XML document.

You can save your sessions in the new format by changing the “Save as Type” option in the Save Session dialog to “XML (*.xml).” You can also open and re-save any legacy Audition sessions that are in the binary .SES format as XML to ensure compatibility with future versions of Audition. Just open your original session and go to File > Save Session As and select “*.xml.” The new XML session can be saved alongside the original .SES file.



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  • By Jerimiah Busniak - 5:33 AM on April 24, 2010  

    Does this imply that support for sessions saved in the binary format (.ses) will be dropped in the next version?

  • By Lawson Hancock - 10:21 AM on April 26, 2010  

    Hi Jerimiah,Yes, in the next version of Audition we will only be supporting XML as the session format, so you will not be able to save to the binary .ses format. Audition 3.0 supports saving to both the binary and XML session files, so we are recommending if you have Audition 3.0 to save your sessions to XML. Besides the benefits listed in this post, it will also make moving session files to newer versions of Audition much easier.-Lawson

  • By jmoors - 7:41 AM on May 10, 2010  

    Does this suggest that Autition 4.0 might – (intake of breath) – support Mac?Let me know if I can help with any broadcast industry beta testing. NDAs withstanding, or course.

  • By Lawson Hancock - 1:08 PM on May 10, 2010  

    Our move to XML is an ongoing effort that was started in Audition 3. During the development of Audition 3.0 it became clear that XML was the way forward both in terms of the current state of file format technology and as way to provide a more robust session format. However, given the years of investment in binary session formats we wanted to create a transition path which is why Audition 3 supports both the binary and XML sessions. Our goal with this post is to make it clear that our intentions are to move exclusively to XML in future releases of Audition in order to help folks prepare for this move ahead of time.

  • By Boyhard5555 - 8:23 PM on July 20, 2011  


  • By Boyhard5555 - 8:58 PM on July 20, 2011  

    Does this suggest that Autition 4.0 might – (intake of breath) – support Mac?Let me know if I can help with any broadcast industry beta testing. NDAs withstanding, or course.

    • By Ron Day - 9:06 PM on July 20, 2011  

      Yes, in fact Audition CS5.5 was released in May and is now a cross-platform application. Take a look and give the demo a try today!