Multitrack sessions can include four different types of tracks:
Understanding video, audio, bus, and master tracks
Video tracks contain an imported video clip. A session can include one video track and clip at a time. You can watch a preview in the Video panel (Window > Video).
Audio tracks contain either imported audio or clips recorded in the current session. These tracks offer the widest range of controls, letting you specify inputs and outputs, apply effects and equalization, route audio to sends and buses, and automate mixes.
Bus tracks let you combine the outputs of several audio tracks or sends and control them collectively.
The Master track , which is the last in each session, lets you easily combine the outputs of multiple tracks and buses and control them with a single fader.
For more information, see Routing audio to buses, sends, and the Master track.
Choosing between mono, stereo, and 5.1 tracks
Multitrack sessions support an unlimited number of mono, stereo, and 5.1 audio and bus tracks. When adding tracks, choose a channel configuration based on the configuration of the Master track:
For mono masters, add mono audio and bus tracks.
For stereo masters, add stereo audio and bus tracks. except for audio tracks with mono sources (like a single microphone).
For 5.1 masters, add stereo audio tracks and 5.1 bus tracks (to maintain proper gain staging). If you have any 5.1 audio clips, however, add 5.1 audio tracks to contain them.
A. Mono B. Stereo C. 5.1
Add or delete tracks
A multitrack session supports only one video track, which Adobe Audition always inserts at the top of the Editor panel.
Name or move tracks
- Position the pointer to the left of the track name, and then drag either up or down in the Editor panel, or right or left in the Mixer.
Vertically zoom tracks
When you use the vertical Zoom options in the lower right of the Editor panel, all tracks zoom simultaneously. If a session contains many tracks, however, you may prefer to zoom them individually.
To quickly zoom all tracks, roll the mouse wheel over the track controls. To horizontally resize all track controls, drag the right border.
For additional techniques, see Zoom audio in the Editor panel.
Mute and solo tracks
You can solo tracks to hear them separately from the rest of a mix. Conversely, you can mute tracks to silence them in a mix.
- To mute a track, click its Mute button in the Editor panel or Mixer.
- To solo a track, click its Solo button in
the Editor panel or Mixer. To automatically remove other tracks
from Solo mode, Ctrl‑click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS).
Tip: To remove other tracks from Solo mode by default, select Track Solo: Exclusive in the Multitrack section of the Preferences dialog box. (Regardless of this setting, when you solo a bus, assigned tracks are always placed in Solo mode.)
Apply an identical setting to all tracks
Set track output volume
In the Editor panel, drag the Volume knob . Hold down Shift to change settings in large increments. Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) to change settings in extremely small increments.
In the Mixer, drag the track fader, or click above or below to move incrementally to the next tick mark. To move to a specific point, Alt‑click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) above or below the fader.
To return knobs and faders to zero (unity gain), Alt‑click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) directly on them.
Pan tracks in stereo
- Drag the Pan knob in
the Editor panel or Mixer.
Hold down Shift to change settings in large increments. Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) to change settings in extremely small increments.
Tip: By default, the Multitrack Editor pans using an equal power method, which maintains consistent perceived loudness by slightly boosting one channel over the other. To change the boost amount, or switch to logarithmic panning (which simply attenuates one channel), change Panning Mode in the Multitrack preferences.
To perfectly copy all clips, effects, equalization, and envelopes in a track, duplicate it. Duplicate tracks provide a great starting point for new adjustments, helping you compare different processing and automation settings.