What’s new in the next version of Adobe Audition?
Wow. I don’t know a better way to start this post.
Audition has a whole bunch of awesome new features on the way, and I wanted to share them as soon as we got the go-ahead. We’ll go into more detail on each of these over the next few weeks, but I hope this whets your appetite for what we’ve been working on. Our approach has always been a balance between our own research and innovation, and the great input we get from you, our users. I think we’ve built some unique new features this release, and answered a lot of workflow demands from our customers. Let’s get right to the good stuff!
It’s a slightly better name than “Semi-Supervised Source Separation,” but that’s the technology that’s happening under the hood. While our standard Noise Reduction excels at removing consistent background sounds, leaving the primary signal intact, our new Sound Remover tool is built to unravel primary, dynamic sounds from a recording, minimizing artifacts and loss to other, overlapping sounds. Here’s a before-and-after shot where Audition has removed a siren that occurred during an outdoor interview.
If you use Audition, you will have noticed something funny about the screenshot above – dual editor views!? Audition’s new Preview Editor provides a multi-purpose second viewing pane enabling editors to edit or compare multiple regions of a file simultaneously, quickly zoom into a selection without losing your place in a file, or visually preview effects – especially those that affect the duration and playback speed of a recording – so you can confirm your modifications or timing before applying the edit.
With this release, Adobe Audition will be a fully 64-bit application capable of accessing oodles of RAM, taking advantage of the latest and greatest hardware and operating systems, and supporting the next generation of VST and AU audio plug-ins.
Editable Favorites, Favorites Panel
Keep your favorites accessible at all times with the dockable Favorites Panel. Did the boss demand a change to an otherwise automated set of actions? No need to start all over: just pop into the Actions Editor to change the parameters for any recorded Favorite.
New Sound Design tools and effects
One of the most common requests from CS6 users was to bring back some of their favorite sound design effects. So how’s this? The Pitch Bender is back, and makes full use of the on-screen envelope to allow you sample-accuracy when warping and bending sound. (And using Pitch Bender with the Preview Editor view gives you almost instant feedback on how your waveform is being warped, stretched, and bent.) Several other effects see new interfaces and functionality including the real-time, automatable Pitch Shifter and Stereo Expander. For those who love the graphs and maths, the Scientific Filter enables highly accurate and repeatable filtering and correction. This release welcomes an improved Generate Noise tool with new noise profiles, and enables Noise and Tone generation directly into your Multitrack timeline!
Enhanced Spectral Frequency Editing
Back is the ability to make multiple spectral frequency selections, and add to or remove from existing free-form selections. This functionality enables users to carve very delicate selections, identify harmonics, and even draw their signature into their sounds. Sometimes it’s easiest to select a single piece of audio when what you really want selected is everything EXCEPT the selection – easily accomplished with a single click of the new Invert button!
So many “little” enhancements have been added to Multitrack based on user requests that it’s hard to decide where to begin! Most visual is the new Track Colors which allow you to color-code your tracks for easy grouping and identification. Smart clip color behavior allows flexibility in how clip colors behave when moved from one track to another.
When dragging clips into a session, the “little orange bar” is gone. Audition will now display the full clip and waveform when dragging a file into a session. This also includes automatically displaying and creating crossfades when a newly-added clip overlaps another. Remember when you would drag or paste several clips into a session and they were stacked, sometimes in an apparent haphazard fashion? Not anymore! A global preference now determines whether multiple clips are stacked in separate tracks or placed consecutively in a single track, with a simple modifier key to alternate between the two behaviors. Please hold the applause, people – there’s more!
Easily keyframe clip silence in a keyframe with a single operation. No more will you need to carefully create 4 keyframes on the clip volume envelope, then carefully move two of them down and line them up to the others. If you prefer to just select and delete, that works, too. But now, once you’ve sliced and diced a clip into pieces, Clip Merge will perform a render-and-replace to quickly simplify your session. New commands make selecting all clips in a track, or all clips forward or backward from the playhead, a simple right-click or shortcut key.
Many of you use Audition because you face strict, short deadlines and Audition is quick and nimble enough to keep up. Usually. For those of you who operate on a higher plane and for whom time holds a looser leash, we’ve introduced several navigation improvements, by special request. With a host of new shortcuts to arm, mute, and solo tracks, Zoom commands for quickly jumping to an almost-microscopic level of detail around a selection, and shortcuts for fully zooming a selected track, you can now work as fast as you can press a key or two. Additional commands allow users to jump between markers, ignoring any clips or other content in between, or to adjust their view from the keyboard without modifying their selections or playhead.
Frequency Band Splitter
I decided to list this separate from some of the other effects because it has been a long-overlooked tool in Auditions toolbelt. We’ve brought the Frequency Band Splitter back from Audition 3, gave it a beautiful interface, and put it into the Waveform editor view where it belonged in the first place! Quickly and easily split a recording into a series of frequency-limited pieces and remix, repurpose, or rebuild a recording.
Miscellaneous Bits of Awesome
View details about the audio data under your cursor, and see up-to-the-second details about your disk space while recording. Configure or change the default name for new markers. Allow Audition to automatically match your device sample rate to the active document or cancel all running operations if you need to shut down in a hurry. Adjust the metronome from the mixer. Improved accuracy of sync and silent regions with the Automatic Speech Alignment tool. Export your files directly to your SoundCloud account and share with the world. Stop playback at end of selections. Advanced options when Mix Pasting audio. Native WMA and WASAPI driver support on Windows. New audio formats available on OS X! AAC and iTunes metadata support! More, more, more!
I’m really excited to be able to share all the work we’ve been doing this year, and Audition is now positioned well for the future. Please stay tuned and we’ll go into deeper dives of these new features, giving you the details you’ll need to create and deliver your audio and have a great experience doing so.
How to get Adobe Audition Next
The release date has not been announced, but there is a great way to get yourself to the front of the line. If you join Adobe Creative Cloud now, you will immediately receive the entire stable of currently shipping Adobe CS6 applications AND you will automatically receive the new versions of Audition and all your other favorite Adobe applications as soon as they are available. From April 4 through 19, 2013, we’re offering our NAB Show Special giving you 40% off Creative Cloud for your first year – that’s only $29.99/month It’s an amazing way to keep your production costs really low and your tools up-to-date all the time.
Discover more about what’s coming to the next versions of the Adobe pro video tools at: adobe.com/go/nab_reveal.