Adobe Audition is a professional-level audio editing program that offers many different tools for creating, editing, and mixing audio content. Its many uses include recording voice-overs, creating audio tracks for video, and creating podcasts. To help you gain experience with both recording and editing audio in Audition, the project for this course will have you assembling a basic podcast that focuses on technology topics called Tech Talk. In the process, you'll have the opportunity to record audio, edit audio, and combine multiple audio tracks.
Before starting work on an audio project, it's best to plan out what you want to achieve and prepare for the recording process.
Planning Your Audio Projects
When working on any type of audio project, it's best to have a plan before starting work on the project. Keep the following guidelines in mind as you begin work on an audio project:
- First off, you'll want to think about where your audio is going to be used. Will it be part of a video, a podcast, or a stand-alone audio recording? Knowing the ultimate use for the audio you're working on will influence the file settings you use and how you approach recording the audio.
- Before recording any audio for your project, you'll always want to record a brief sound test to make sure your equipment is functioning properly. This will give you the opportunity to fix any possible issues with your equipment before recording any audio for your project. During the audio check, you'll also want to check your audio levels and ensure that your audio isn't too loud or too quiet. (We'll discuss levels more later on in the course.)
- During the recording process, you'll want to try to get clean recordings from the start — that means recordings with as few audio errors or flubbed lines as possible.
Now that you've got a better idea of how to approach an audio project, let's go ahead and open Audition. We'll also take this opportunity to create a new audio file that we can use for a sound check.