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Auditioning Adobeís Digital Audio Workstation F...

May 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM | Adam in Software
Voice actors are constantly searching for the perfect DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Itís the software we rely on to record and edit auditions and produce complete voiceover projects. There is much debate about which DAW is best for VO purposes, but Mac users have fewer options than their PC counterparts.

Adobe will soon give Apple fans a new option that PC users have been utilizing for years. Itís called Adobe Audition. Formerly known as Cool Edit Pro (before Adobe bought it), Audition has been the DAW of choice for radio production and newsrooms across the country.

Audition for the Mac has been released to the general public in beta form. Adobe is allowing people to try it out in return for their feedback on its forums.

Audition works with just about any digital audio interface you can throw at it. All you have to do is choose your device in the preferences menu under audio hardware. Once your hardware is setup you can begin recording.

Recording is almost self-explanatory because Auditionís interface is clean and easy to understand. But you do have to take an extra step to set your levels. It involves clicking on the view drop-down menu, sliding down to metering and clicking on meter input signal. I donít remember having to do this in the old Cool Edit Pro.

Editing in Audition is a breeze. The intuitive interface allows you to quickly edit waveforms. Once youíre done editing you have to click file then save. This is where you can choose the location of your file and the format (.aiff, .mp3, .mov and .wav).

One feature I miss from the old PC version was its ability to save your recordings when the software crashes. Believe me, it was a necessary feature in Cool Edit Pro. But after several months of intense usage the software hasnít crashed on me yet. I donít know if Adobe deserves the credit or if itís just my trusty Ďole MacBook Pro.

I have encountered one serious bug, however. I couldnít record or playback files at one point. But the staff on the Adobe forums site quickly solved my problem by having me delete a preferences folder. This is, of course, to be expected in a beta release. Hopefully, Adobe will rectify this in the final release.

All in all I have enjoyed recording and editing inside Adobe Audition because it is a familiar tool. But for newcomers the learning curve shouldnít be very steep at all. Itís definitely worth giving it a shot. After all, you canít beat its current free status. Happy editing!

Written by Trey Thomas

Source: Voiceover Times


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