The 2014 release of Adobe Audition CC provides support for 5.1 Dolby Digital and 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus audio content, enhanced multitrack editing features, and several enhancements to make your audio editing experience more enriching than before.
Read on to learn more about the new features.
Durin Gleaves gives you a walk-through of the new features in Audition CC.
Audition supports encoding to and decoding from Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus formats without using any external plug-ins or third-party technology.
Audition supports 5.1 AC-3 and 7.1 EC-3 formats.
Audition automatically selects the best matching channel configuration. For example, a stereo file is encoded into a 2/0 configuration, and a Dolby 5.1 audio file into a 3/2 configuration with LFE enabled.
You can change the channel configuration using the Dolby Digital Settings dialog. Depending on the selected channel configuration, Audition automatically downmixes to the desired channel layout.
Specify the format settings. Click Change to edit the format settings as required using the Dolby Digital Settings dialog.
The Dialogue Normalization value in the Dolby Digital Settings dialog specifies the average volume of dialogue. This value is measured using decibels relative to full scale (dBFS), and helps maintain a consistent volume among different AC-3 streams.
If you measure the loudness of dialogue using the Amplitude Statistics panel (Window > Amplitude Statistics), the Loudness field shows the average amplitude value. Typically, this average amplitude value can be set as the Dialogue Normalization value in the Dolby Digital Settings dialog.
Audition provides several user interface improvements to help you work with multitrack projects more efficiently. Visual enhancements such as improved visibility, minimizing tracks you’re not working on, and randomizing designated track colors help you work more easily with complex audio projects.
In previous versions of Audition, the color contrast between clip waveforms and selected tracks was subtle and not easily noticeable.
Audition now provides a greater contrast between a waveform and the background of a selected audio track. By increasing the contrast of a selected track, the visibility of the clip content is further enhanced.
This visual enhancement of providing a high contrast between the clip and the track background lets you easily see which clips are selected at a glance.
Audition displays a high-contrast clip and track background by default. However, you can turn off this feature by using the Preferences dialog. Deselect the Display High-Contrast Clip And Track Backgrounds option under the Appearance category.
To easily distinguish between multiple tracks in a project, Audition randomly designates track colors.
When you add new tracks in Audition, each track is assigned a different color. Audition generates a different color for each new track by assigning a random hue value between 0-360.
The first track has the standard Audition green color (Hue value of 153), and all other tracks have different colors.
This feature is turned on by default. You can turn it off using the Preferences dialog. Deselect Randomize Track color under the Appearance category.
To change the color randomly assigned to a clip, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) the track header, and select Track Color. Click the color that you want from the color picker.
If there are tracks in your project that don't need to be visible or you're not working on, you can minimize those tracks. When you minimize a track, the track is set to its minimum height and locked, preventing resizing when zooming. This feature is especially useful when you are working on large, complex projects.
To minimize a track, select the track in the Multitrack editor and select Multitrack > Track > Minimize Selected Track. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Shift+\ (Win and Mac).
To restore a minimized track to its original height, select Multitrack > Track > Restore Minimized Selected Track. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+\ (Win) or Cmd+Shift+\ (Mac).
The vertical scroll bar is now redesigned to a navigation bar that lets you quickly move between multiple tracks.
Each track in the vertical navigation bar is represented by the track color, giving you a visual guide when dragging or changing tracks. This feature is useful when you are working with many tracks and comparing edits between multiple tracks.
To zoom into a track, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) in the vertical navigation bar and drag to zoom to the selected range. Right/Ctrl-clicking and dragging repeatedly increases the zoom factor. You can click the Zoom Out Full button in the Editor panel to zoom out of the track.
Audition displays track thumbnails in the vertical navigation bar by default. You can turn it off using the Preferences dialog. Deselect Display Track Thumbnails In The Vertical Navigation Bar under the Appearance category.
To support different surround formats and configurations, Audition lets you add new custom audio channels when you create an audio file.
Custom channels are typically used in audio for cinema, broadcast, and video games. For example, audio used for broadcast has eight channels with a 5.1 mix (L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs) and two extra channels. The extra channels vary depending on the broadcaster. Audition lets you customize these channels as per the broadcaster requirements.
You cannot create custom channels for multitrack sessions.