How to Use Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a digital audio workstation (or "DAW") with plenty of powerful features for sound design. Since Version 6, the program has been available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. In this walkthrough, we've shared how to use Adobe Audition, so you can record music, edit audio, and build intricate soundscapes for your next project. 

Editing Modes
Audition has two main modes: Waveform and Multitrack. To switch between the modes, just click on the respective buttons in the upper left corner of the screen. 

First, the Waveform mode is designed for precise audio editing. It enlarges the sound wave to fill most of the screen, allowing you to target specific sections of audio. Any edits you make in this mode will change an audio file permanently, which is known as "destructive" editing. This is useful if you want to convert a file's sample rate or make edits to your final mix.   

Meanwhile, the Multitrack view contains a wide range of non-destructive editing tools, allowing you to make precise cuts to a track, add fades, automate the volume, and much more. "Non-destructive" means that your edits will not permanently affect the original audio clip. Once you've learned how to use Adobe Audition, you can make dozens of complex edits without worrying about damaging the source material. 

Showing/Hiding Palettes
If you select the Window menu tab, you'll see a list of Audition palettes, which can be selected and deselected in whatever configuration you like. These include the Editor, Effects Rack, Level Meters, and Essential Sound palette, which displays relevant presets for particular editing tasks. 

Applying Effects
Click on the Effects menu tab to see the full list of built-in audio effects. If you click on an effect, it will be added to your selected audio track. You can also play around with multiple effects in the Effects Rack (found in the bottom left corner of the screen), and experiment until you find a pleasing combination. Each effect has built-in presets, and we recommend auditioning a few of them when sculpting your sounds. 

Batch Processing
You'll find the Batch Process tab in the bottom left corner of your project. Here, you can apply specific processing to multiple audio files simultaneously. This is extremely useful when you want to remove a distracting background hum, reduce sibilance, or match clip volumes. 

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