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Episode 56: The Adobe Audition Show I introduced the Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, that I use to record and edit my podcasts.
This is a summary of my workflow from Episode 56.
WHAT IS ADOBE AUDITION:
Adobe Audition is a Digital audio workstation, more commonly known in the audio world as DAW or D-A-W. Audition CC is the latest version and it is the software I use to record and edit each podcast episode.
A professional audio workstation for mixing, finishing, and precision editing.
Audition is used to Mix, edit, and create audio content with a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.
How much does it cost?
$19.99/month A la Carte
$49.99/month full Adobe CC (best deal)
Tip: Give the full Adobe CC a test run with a free 30 day trial to try everything out and if Audition CC is all you need, you just saved yourself $30 bucks/month
My Podcast Workflow Using Adobe Audition:
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Set Audio Hardware Preferences In Adobe Audition CC:
Set Audio Hardware Preferences Default Input & Output are mapped to my USB Interface CODEC (which is my mixer)
Default Input: is the microphone or device going into Audition. Input…IN. What device is pumping sound into Audition?
Default Output: is the sound going out of Audition and your computer. Where do you want the sound to playback from? Headphones? Speakers? Computer Speakers? I plug my Sony MDR–7506 Headphones into mixer, so Default Output is the same as my Default Input (USB Codec)
MY AUDITION WORKFLOW (The Simple Version):
For each podcast episode:
1. Create a master folder for each episode.
Inside I have two folders: Audio & Artwork (thumbnails).
2. Open Adobe Audition
Set Default Output & Input to map to Audio Interface/Mixer.
3. Create new blank audio file by going to
File > New Audio File. (Cmd + Shift + N)
4. Add Title:
Bit Depth: 32-bit Float
5. Save File to Audio Folder
To Show Levels: Hit option + i to show input levels of your microphone. Set levels between –18db & –9db (approximately)
6. Record Podcast & Save this Original File.
7. Make Duplicate of Original:
I save Original to have a clean untouched backup
To make copy: Go to Edit>Copy To New
8. Edit & Clean up on Duplicate Copy
9. Create New Multitrack Session (Cmd +N)
Create MultiTrack Session from Template
Intro & Outro in Template
Tip: Audition cc allows you to create templates, so for me when I create a new multitrack session, I choose the Mike template and my intro and outro are in place and I just need to add my voice track and line it up. Since my podcast is roughly the same length each week, this is about a 2 second ordeal.
10. To Process & Add Polish:
Use the new Audition CC Essential sound panel.
11. Export Multi-Mixdown as .mp3 (44.1, 32-bit float, 128kbps, Mono)
Bit rate (128) will affect file size, so you may want to bump down to 96 kbps and it will reduce file size. I like the higher quality and my shows are only 15 minutes, so I keep it at 128kbps.
12. Use Match Loudness and make sure the file meets the Broadcast standards of –19LUFS for mono podcasts or –16LUFS for stereo
And that is the speedy version of my entire workflow in Audition.
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