Welcome to Adobe Audition. This document contains late-breaking product information, updates, and troubleshooting tips that may not be covered in the Audition Documentation.

Minimum system requirements


  • Intel Pentium III or 4 (1.4GHz processor for DV; 3.4GHz processor for HDV), Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon (dual 2.8GHz processors for HD), or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor; SSE2-enabled processor required for AMD systems
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (certified for 32-bit editions)
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB or more recommended)
  • 700 MB of available hard disk space (5.5 GB recommended for installing optional audio clips)
  • 1,024 x 768 display (1280 X 1024 recommended)
  • Microsoft DirectX or ASIO-compatible sound card (Multitrack ASIO card recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive (DVD-ROM drive recommended for installing optional audio clips)
  • CD-RW drive for audio CD creation
  • Speakers or headphones recommended
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation and Internet-related services

The latest information on system requirements can be found at www.adobe.com/products/audition/systemreqs.html.

Serial Numbers

Adobe Audition 3.0 uses a 24-digit serial number. If you purchased the product on CD, the serial number can found on your registration card or on the back of you CD ROM case. If you downloaded the software electronically from the Web, the serial number is on the receipt page that confirms your purchase (a copy of the receipt page is e-mailed to you). For software downloads purchased through Adobe, you can also view the product's serial number in your Order History section of the Adobe Web site. Note: Do not use the number on the bottom of the Adobe Audition box.

When installing a new version of Adobe Audition 3.0, you will be required to enter the serial number. If you are installing an upgrade and the installer cannot find the previous version on your hard drive, you will need to enter both the new 24-digit serial number that was included with the upgrade and the serial number from your previous version.

If your serial number does not work, please contact Adobe Customer Support: www.adobe.com/support/main.html

Install your software

  • Make sure that your computer meets the system requirements for Adobe Audition 3.0. The system requirements are listed on the Adobe Audition 3.0 box and in this ReadMe file.
  • Before you install, close all applications currently running on your systemâ”including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, and browser windows.
  • The installer requires that you enter the serial number. The serial number is located on the application CD or, if you downloaded the software electronically from the Web, it is on the receipt page that confirms your purchase (a copy of the receipt page is e-mailed to you). For software downloads, you can also view the productâs serial number in your Order History section of the Adobe web site if you purchased the software through Adobe.

To install Adobe Audition 3.0:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you are installing Adobe Audition 3.0 from a CD, insert the application CD into your CD drive. If the installer starts automatically, follow the on-screen instructions to install the application. If the installer does not start automatically, double-click Audition 3.0 Setup.exe in the Adobe Audition CD folder, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the application.
    • If you downloaded Adobe Audition 3.0 from the Web, the installer should start automatically when the download completes. If it doesnât, double-click Audition 3.0 Setup.exe in the Adobe Audition 3.0 folder you downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the application.

To start Adobe Audition 3.0: Choose Start > All Programs > Adobe Audition 3.0.

Activating your software

You need to activate your copy of Adobe Audition 3.0 within 30 days of installing the software. You can activate your copy by using your Internet connection or by calling customer service.

Activation is a series of simple and quick steps users of Adobe Audition take upon installation in order to begin using the application. Product activation is built in to help Adobe prevent copying of the software onto more than the number of computers permitted by the license agreement governing the software.

You can choose the activation process you prefer: by Internet, by phone using the 24-hour automated Adobe Software Activation System, or by phone speaking directly with a Customer Care Representative. If youâve activated more than two times using your Internet connection, youâll need to activate by phone.

During the activation process, youâll provide Adobe with the randomly-generated activation number given to you. Because each activation code and serial number is unique, Adobe can compare the numbers from your activation request with our database to help ensure that your copy of the software has not been activated more times than allowed under its license agreement.

When you need to activate

Adobe's activation system offers you a choice on when and how to activate. Adobe offers a 30- day grace period during which you can use the software without activating. There are activation reminders during the grace period. After the 30-day grace period you will not be able to use the software until you activate.

Some circumstances may require you to activate again. If you replace or reformat your computerâs hard drive, you may need to activate again on that computer. You may also need to activate again if you uninstall Adobe Audition. There are two uninstall options. Advanced Uninstall removes all components of the software, requiring you to activate again when you reinstall. If you uninstall using the Standard option, you wonât need to activate again (certain activation related files and information remain on your computer).

How activation information is used

The unique serial number assigned to each copy of Adobe Audition is combined with a randomly generated number, assigned to your computer. Adobe's activation system does not transmit, or collect, any personal information, including your hardware configuration.

Activation is separate from product registration, which is optional. Registration is for those customers who want to receive information about product updates and other special offers from Adobe. Adobe stores registration and activation information on separate secure servers, and there is no linking of these sets of data.

Note: No personal information is collected by Adobe Systems when you activate your software. No information about your use of the product or the files you create with the product is provided to Adobe Systems. Data necessary for activation is sent to Adobe Systems only at the time of activation.

To activate Adobe Audition:

  1. Start Adobe Audition. (If youâve just installed the software, the Activation screen appears automatically.)
  2. When the first Activation screen appears, do one of the following:
  • If Adobe Audition detects an Internet connection, a message appears on the screen asking if you would like to activate over the Internet. Click Next to start the Internet activation process.
  • If Adobe Audition does not detect an Internet connection, or if you want to activate by phone or at a later time, click Other Activation Options.
  1. If you clicked Other Activation Options, do one of the following:
  • Choose Over The Internet, and then click Next to start the activation process immediately. A status screen lets you know how itâs progressing. If youâre having trouble, try activating by telephone.
  • Choose By Telephone Via The Automated Software Activation System to begin phone activation. Click Next to bring up a screen with the Adobe Customer Service phone number, information about your copy of Adobe Audition, and instructions for entering your authorization code. Once you call Adobe with this information youâll receive an authorization code. Enter the authorization code just as you hear it. Click Next to complete the activation.
  • Choose Remind Me if you want to delay the activation process by a few days. Choose a reminder option from the pop-up menu, and then click Next. You still need to activate within 30 days if you choose this option.

Install your Loopology content

To install your Loopology content:

  1. Make sure Adobe Audition 3.0 is alread installed by following the installation instructions.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are installing the Loopology content from the Loopology DVD, insert the DVD into the your DVD drive. If the DVD contents pop up automatically, double click on the Loopology folder and then double click setup.exe and follow the on-screen instructions to install the Loopology content. If the DVD contents do not pop up automatically, browse your DVD with a file explorer, double click on the Loopology folder and then double click setup.exe and follow the on-screen instructions to install the Loopology content.
    • If you downloaded the Loopology content from the Web, the installer should start automatically when the download completes. If it doesnât, double-click Setup.exe in the Adobe Audition Loopology Content folder you downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the application

Uninstall your software

  1. Before you uninstall, close all applications currently running on your system & including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, and browser windows.

  2. Open the Windows Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs (for Windows XP), or Programs and Features (for Windows Vista). Select Adobe Audition 3.0, click Change/Remove, and then follow the on-screen instructions to remove your software.

Registration information

When you install your software, be sure to register to get up-to-date product information, training, newsletters, and invitations to Adobe events and seminars.

Known issues

In order to provide you with the most up to date information, please refer to the online Audition Release Notes for a list of all known issues.

Windows Vista: Deactivation option is not offered when uninstalling from Windows Vista

If you would like to uninstall Audition 3.0 and use it on a different machine, you can do so by using the Transfer Activation feature. This feature allows you to remove your product activation from one machine in order to activate on another. On Windows XP, this is offered as an option during the uninstall process; however on Windows Vista you must perform this transfer before uninstalling the application:

  1. Open Audition 3.0.
  2. Go to Help > Transfer Activation.
  3. Follow the steps to complete the process.
  4. Uninstall Audition 3.0.

Windows Vista: Installing Adobe Audition 3.0 from the MSI file results in an activation error on launch

If you run the Adobe Audition 3.0.msi file in Windows Vista, Audition will install, but when you try to launch, you will receive the following error:

"Current user account does not have the privileges to perform product activation. Run this application from a user account with administrative privileges or contact your system administrator."

To fix this issue, either:

  1. Run the Audition 3.0 Setup.exe file to install instead of running the .msi file.
  2. If you have already installed, repair the installation from the Uninstall command in the Windows Control Panel.

Windows Vista: AERO: "Enable Desktop Composition" causes dropouts during recording.

Due to increased video and CPU processing used by the Windows Vista "AERO" feature, recording while this is enabled may produce some dropouts, especially with computers that are close to the minimum system requirements, recording at higher sample rates and bit depths, and/or while recording in any of the spectral viewing modes (frequency, pan, or phase).

To help remedy this, you can record using waveform view only. If you still get dropouts, you can also disable the AERO feature called "Desktop Composition" under Windows Vista performance options:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click "System."
  3. Click "Advanced System Settings."
  4. Under visual Effects, un-check the box next to "Enable Desktop composition."
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.

Enabling Live Preview of MIDI Sequencer:

In order to preview VSTi audio and MIDI Input while idle, users must perform two steps:

  1. MIDI Tracks must be set to "Live Monitoring" mode by clicking the green "L" button located in the track controls panel in Multitrack. It is in the same location as the "Record Enable" button is located on Audio tracks.
  2. Set Monitoring Mode, located in the Session Properties panel, to "Audition Mix." This enables the internal Audition mixing engine to process VSTi output without the need to be in a record or playback state.

Adobe Bridge CS3 cannot be installed from a network location

Adobe Bridge CS3 is included with Adobe Audition 3.0 and can be installed in the following ways:

  1. Install from CD: You can click the Adobe Bridge icon from the Autoplay menu or browse to the Adobe Bridge CS3 folder on the CD.
  2. If you downloaded your copy of Audition 3.0, you can run the Bridge installer from the Adobe Bridge CS3 folder.

The stand-alone installer for Adobe Bridge CS3 cannot be installed from a network location. You will receive an error message asking you to insert Adobe Bridge CS3 when a network install is attempted and the process will fail. If you have the Adobe Bridge CS3 folder stored in a network location, please copy the folder to a local hard drive in order to properly install the application.


  • If you already have Adobe Bridge CS3 installed there is no need to install it again. Audition 3.0 will be able to use the version that was previously installed.
  • After installing Bridge CS3 we suggest that you launch Bridge and go to Help > Updates to download and install the latest version.

ASIO driver vs. Audition Windows Sound

For the highest level of compatibility, Adobe Audition 3.0 automatically assigns your default Windows sound card as its default inputs and outputs. If your audio hardware supports the ASIO driver model, we recommend that you choose it in the Audio Hardware setup dialog instead of the Audition Windows Sound, as this will give improved performance in most cases.

There is a known issue with the ASIO driver for the Creative Audigy line of sound cards where, when Audition closes, the ASIO driver does not release itself and Audition remains running in memory and visible as a running process in the Windows Task Manager. To prevent this issue with these cards, leave the hardware setup set to Audition Windows Sound.

CD burning

Some CD-RW drives cannot handle writing ISRC and UPC/EAN values. If your attempt to write fails, try to uncheck the Write CD-Text box in the Write CD dialog and uncheck the ISRC box in the Track Properties dialog for every track in the CD Project View.

For some CD-RW drives, an incorrect write speed is displayed in the CD Device Properties dialog and you will be unable to change the setting. In these cases, the CD will be burned at the maximum possible speed for the drive.

The maximum number of Index Cues per track supported by Adobe Audition is 98.

Extract Audio from CD

The default mode for CD audio extraction is SPTI. It is recommended that you do not use ASPI due to known problems with different versions of ASPI drivers. For more details, visit the Adobe Audition Support site.

Only silence will be extracted when the Buffer Size setting in the Extract Audio from CD dialog is greater than 128 KB when using SPTI mode for CD audio extraction. Use 128 KB or lower to work around this problem.


To launch an application in ReWire slave mode, you first need to launch Adobe Audition, enable ReWire, and then select the ReWire slave application. Then click on the Launch button to start the Rewire slave application. Some ReWire slave applications do not support being launched via ReWire and nothing will happen when you click the Launch button. For these applications, start the slave application through normal means after enabling ReWire in Adobe Audition, such as the Windows Start > Programs menu. Once the ReWire application is then launched, it will automatically be in Slave mode.

Adobe Audition does not support multiple tempos within a single session. If your ReWire slave application uses a session that contains multiple tempos, Adobe Audition will not respond to the tempo changes.

Changes made to tempo and time signature within a ReWire slave application will not be reflected in Adobe Audition. However, changes made to the session tempo or time signature in Adobe Audition will be reflected in the ReWire slave application.

Snap to frames behavior

In Multitrack View, it is possible to set your snapping behavior to frames by right-clicking on the timeline, and selecting Snap to Frames (Always). This allows the cursor to snap to a frame boundary, as long as the time format is measured in frames (such as Compact Disc and SMPTE). This command is especially handy for working on audio for CD. It is important to note that the frames in use here are audio frames, not video frames.

Saving when file is open in Adobe Premiere Pro

When attempting to save a change to an audio file in Adobe Audition that is also loaded in Adobe Premiere Pro, you may see an error that states: "File is probably in use by another application. Please close the other application and try saving again." In this case, the file is still being read by Adobe Premiere Pro in order to conform the audio. You will need to wait until the audio from the file is conformed in Adobe Premiere Pro before saving the changes to the file. A progress bar in the lower right corner of the Adobe Premiere Pro application window displays that status of the audio conform.

Customer care

Customer Service

Adobe Customer Service provides assistance with product information, sales, registration, and other non-technical issues. To find out how to contact Adobe Customer Service, please visit Adobe.com for your region or country and click on Contact.

Support Plan Options and Technical Resources

If you require technical assistance for your product, including information on free and paid support options and troubleshooting resources, more information is available at http://www.adobe.com/go/support/. Outside of North America, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/intlsupport/. Free troubleshooting resources include Adobeâs support knowledgebase, Adobe user-to-user forums and more.

If you are having any issues with installing or uninstalling, please try rebooting your system prior to contacting Support.

Other resources

Visit the Adobe Audition page on the Adobe Systems Incorporated Web site: www.adobe.com/audition. You will find links to tutorials, user groups, third-party plug-in developers, Adobe Customer Support, and more.


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