Basic Audio Editing



As a High School Media Teacher I have become familiar with the basic audio editing program, Adobe Audition.

As I began teaching Media in 2008 I had access to the Adobe Creative Suite CS3, which included editing programs such as Photoshop, Premiere and Flash. At the time the audio editing program was Soundbooth however in 2011 my school upgraded to Adobe Creative Suite CS5 and Audition replaced Soundbooth. I had to develop skills in a new program. The two programs are similar as they allow the user to create sounds and develop music in a professional manner.

Students were able to create a recording session with their band and edit the raw audio into a professional piece of work. Students could also create soundscapes if they were interested in becoming DJ’s or they could create podcasts and radio interviews with Audition.

Like most of Adobe’s programs, which allow crossover editing, Audition worked with Premiere to help control sound in film editing and allowed the students to adjust the soundtrack of their films. If a scene included too much wind or outdoor noise, students could edit the track to lower outside noise and raise the dialogue for a more professional looking and sounding scene.

In 2011 the CS5 version included two sections. Multitrack View supported up to 128 digital audio mono or stereo tracks at up to 32-bit resolution. In the Track Controls section one could select the input and output for each track (the program supported multiple multi-channel sound cards), select Record, Solo and Mute, and access the effects rack. New features included ASIO support, VST support, new mastering tools and a redesigned User Interface.

Last year my school upgraded to CS6 and the students were able to work with virtual instrument support, enhanced spectral editing, a redesigned multi-track interface, new effects, and a collection of royalty-free loops, which helped mostly with their short narrative film projects.

Tutorials on Adobe Audition

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