How to Make Music with Adobe Audition

In this handy guide, we've shared how to make music with Adobe Audition, so you can record complex compositions with guitar, vocals, MIDI instruments, and more.

Understanding Audition's Basic Features
Before recording anything, you should familiarize yourself with Audition's two modes: Waveform and Multitrack. In the top left corner of your screen, you'll find buttons to switch between the two modes. Waveform allows you to make detailed edits to an audio file, and Multitrack is designed for layering multiple clips into an arrangement. If you want to make non-destructive edits to your audio, Multitrack is the way to go.  

Meanwhile, effects can be applied to any audio track by clicking the Effects tab and choosing one from the list. These include handy tools like EQ, compression, and reverb. 

Finally, if you click on the Window tab, you can choose from a variety of panels. If you need large meters during the mixing process, you can enable the Level Meters panel. Likewise, if you need to remove a distracting hum from multiple audio files, you can enable the Batch Process panel. 

Recording New Audio Clips
Adobe Audition makes it easy to capture a live performance, whether you're using the built-in microphone or an instrument input. To start a new recording, press Ctrl/Command+Shift+N to create a new audio file, and give it an appropriate name. Click the Record button at the bottom of the Editor panel to begin recording. You should see audio captured from the relevant microphone or instrument input. 

Using the Navigator (located above the Waveform view), you can zoom in and out of the waveform. Meanwhile, the HUD control (a widget on your waveform) allows you to adjust the overall volume. Depending on your needs, you can drag over an audio segment to select it, and then make volume adjustments to that section. 

Finally, you can apply fades by dragging on the tiny icons located at the beginning and end of every audio clip. This is extremely useful when you need to create smooth transitions in a musical composition.  

Editing Multitrack Projects
Once you've recorded a few audio clips, it's time to start arranging them in the Multitrack view. Press Ctrl/Command+N to create a new multitrack session. Within the New Multitrack Session dialog box, you have the option to start with a musical template. These include simple frameworks like "Vocal and Guitar with Metronome" and more complex ones like "Full Rock Band". 

Once in the Multitrack view, you can configure multiple tracks to record simultaneously. This is useful when recording a live band, or a bedroom setup with multiple inputs. First, select a dedicated input for every track you plan to use (look for the right arrow icon), and then press the "R" button to arm it for recording. You should now see some activity in the level meter.

Repeat this process for any other tracks you'd like to record, and then press the global Record button at the bottom of the Editor panel. The recording will start at the current playhead location.  

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