Sneak peek at what’s new in Audition CC 2015.1
Let me get straight to the point. This upcoming release of Audition CC 2015.1, coming to Creative Cloud users later this year, is guaranteed to perform miracles and work wonders! We’re revealing the new features online and at IBC in Amsterdam, so read on and check your frequent flyer miles if you don’t already have a ticket.
(Note: Ability of Audition CC 2015.1 to perform miracles and work wonders not guaranteed.)
Imagine having a remix artist in your pocket, able to recompose any piece of music in your collection to fit the video or project duration at hand, and willing to do this in seconds and at no additional charge. Need a 4-minute classic rock track remixed to fit your 30-second car commercial spot? No problem. The bride demands her favorite 3-minute slow jam MUST play the entire length of her 20 minute wedding procession? Audition’s got yer back.
Remix uses a combination of beat detection, content analysis, and the same spectral source separation technology found in our Sound Remover effect, to identify hundreds of transition points in your song, then rearranges the passages to create a new composition. You can easily see the transition points and adjust the parameters and timing further to craft the perfect remix for your projects!
Speech Synthesis isn’t anything new, remember Speak & Spell or Dr. Sbaitso? But it’s only recently that technology has progressed where computer voices can sound natural and realistic. Most modern operating systems offer speech synthesis as an assistive technology, or through arcane command line utilities, but few users are able to take advantage of these features. Until now.
Our new Generate Speech tool provides access to all the languages and voices installed on your system, allowing you to easily paste or type text and quickly generate a realistic (or not!) voiceover or narration track. Scratch voiceover tracks are an essential element to editing productions quickly and efficiently, replacing them with final recordings later in the production process. Audition puts the power of these tools into an easy-to-use interface with full control, that’s very fun to use. (Note: Voices may have license restrictions for commercial or public usage. Please confirm you have rights to distribute any works containing voices. A future blog post will share where to license new voices, and even potentially how to create your own custom voices.)
Loudness Correction was le thème du jour at NAB this Spring, so imagine our surprise to find so many of our users were unaware that Audition has had incredible loudness correction tools for several years! I hope we’ve made it all easier to find in the newly renamed Match Loudness panel!
We didn’t just rename a panel and call it a new feature, though! New presets for EBU R128, ATSC A/85, and an updated ITU-R BS.1770-3 round out the major standards. And did someone ask about True Peak Limiting? Lots of you did! I’m happy to say we’ve implemented this as well, to ensure that even intrasample waveforms will remain unclipped and legal. XML Logging makes sure your organization tracks and maintains proof that content was processed prior to broadcast.
Oh? What’s that you say? You say having that in Audition is great, but you’re generally working in Premiere Pro and don’t want to drop to Audition just to run a quick audio process? Well, come here and have a nice hug, because we also implemented this functionality in Premiere Pro and Media Encoder!
ADDONS & EXTENSION PANELS
WORKSPACE BAR AND TOUCH
One of the big topics for Creative Cloud this release is around touch, and Audition has long been a supporter of tactile interfaces. The Workspace Bar now makes it very easy to switch between task-focused panel layouts, quickly showing or hiding panels and tools that are relevant to your immediate goals.
Audition has included multitouch support for many years, and it’s nice to see Premiere Pro and After Effects catching up with us. Since Audition CS6 you can use two-finger drag to scroll, two-finger pinch to zoom, and two-finger rotate to scrub playback on supported devices, trackpads, screens, and systems.
UI AND PLAYBACK PERFORMANCE UPDATES
Is it me, or did things just get faster? As your sessions have gotten larger and larger over the years, some bottlenecks were exposed that kept Audition from responding as fast as you were accustomed to. We’ve identified many areas of improvement to speed up UI updates as well as rendering and playback performance. New preferences allow you to hide many on-screen elements at small track heights, reducing clutter and increasing speed. Smarter display of keyframes and envelopes ensure that even the most complex automation won’t slow Audition down! Keep an eye on future blog posts and Audition updates as performance will be an ongoing mission.
If you’ll be attending IBC in Amsterdam in September, please come visit us at the Adobe booth. We’d love to show you these features in person, before everyone else gets the chance, and we’re always happy to talk about what our users are creating and the problems they face.