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5.1 surround sound

  1. Audition User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's new in Adobe Audition
    2. Audition system requirements
    3. Finding and customizing shortcuts
    4. Applying effects in the Multitrack Editor
    5. Known issues
  3. Workspace and setup
    1. Control surface support
    2. Viewing, zooming, and navigating audio
    3. Customizing workspaces
    4. Connecting to audio hardware in Audition
    5. Customizing and saving application settings
    6. Perform Mic Check (Beta)
  4. Digital audio fundamentals
    1. Understanding sound
    2. Digitizing audio
  5. Importing, recording, and playing
    1. Multichannel audio workflow
    2. Create, open, or import files in Adobe Audition
    3. Importing with the Files panel
    4. Extracting audio from CDs
    5. Supported import formats
    6. Navigate time and playing audio in Adobe Audition
    7. Recording audio
    8. Monitoring recording and playback levels
    9. Remove silences from your audio recordings
  6. Editing audio files
    1. Edit, repair, and improve audio using Essential Sound panel
    2. Session Markers and Clip Marker for Multitrack
    3. Generating text-to-speech
    4. Matching loudness across multiple audio files
    5. Displaying audio in the Waveform Editor
    6. Selecting audio
    7. How to copy, cut, paste, and delete audio in Audition
    8. Visually fading and changing amplitude
    9. Working with markers
    10. Inverting, reversing, and silencing audio
    11. How to automate common tasks in Audition
    12. Analyze phase, frequency, and amplitude with Audition
    13. Frequency Band Splitter
    14. Undo, redo, and history
    15. Converting sample types
    16. Creating podcasts using Audition
  7. Applying effects
    1. Enabling CEP extensions
    2. Effects controls
    3. Applying effects in the Waveform Editor
    4. Applying effects in the Multitrack Editor
    5. Adding third party plugins
    6. Notch Filter effect
    7. Fade and Gain Envelope effects (Waveform Editor only)
    8. Manual Pitch Correction effect (Waveform Editor only)
    9. Graphic Phase Shifter effect
    10. Doppler Shifter effect (Waveform Editor only)
  8. Effects reference
    1. Apply amplitude and compression effects to audio
    2. Delay and echo effects
    3. Diagnostics effects (Waveform Editor only) for Audition
    4. Filter and equalizer effects
    5. Modulation effects
    6. Reduce noise and restore audio
    7. Reverb effects
    8. How to use special effects with Audition
    9. Stereo imagery effects
    10. Time and pitch manipulation effects
    11. Generate tones and noise
  9. Mixing multitrack sessions
    1. Creating remix
    2. Multitrack Editor overview
    3. Basic multitrack controls
    4. Multitrack routing and EQ controls
    5. Arrange and edit multitrack clips with Audition
    6. Looping clips
    7. How to match, fade, and mix clip volume with Audition
    8. Automating mixes with envelopes
    9. Multitrack clip stretching
  10. Video and surround sound
    1. Working with video applications
    2. Importing video and working with video clips
    3. 5.1 surround sound
  11. Keyboard shortcuts
    1. Finding and customizing shortcuts
    2. Default keyboard shortcuts
  12. Saving and exporting
    1. Save and export audio files
    2. Viewing and editing XMP metadata

Monitoring 5.1 surround sound

Adobe Audition supports 5.1 surround sound, which requires five speakers, plus one low frequency subwoofer (LFE). To properly monitor 5.1 surround sound , your computer must have a sound card with at least six outputs, and those outputs must be mapped to the correct channels in Audition.

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Audio Channel Mapping (Windows) or Audition > Preferences > Audio Channel Mapping (Mac OS).

  2. Map each 5.1 channel to a sound card output:

    • L: Front left speaker.

    • R: Front right speaker.

    • C: Front center speaker.

    • LFE: Subwoofer

    • Ls: Left surround speaker.

    • Rs: Right surround speaker.

    For more information, see Configure audio inputs and outputs.

Edit 5.1 surround files

In the Waveform Editor, you can edit 5.1 surround files with the same tools used for mono and stereo files.

To restrict editing to a subset of 5.1 channels, see Specify which channels you want to edit.

Pan tracks in a 5.1 surround mix

  1. Open or create a 5.1 multitrack session. (See Create a new multitrack session.)

  2. To open the Track Panner, do either of the following:

    • Choose Window > Track Panner. Then select a mono or stereo track in the Editor panel.

    • In the Editor or Mixer panel, double-click a surround plot for a mono or stereo track.


    You can pan only mono and stereo tracks, not 5.1 tracks. To adjust the relative volume of channels in a 5.1 file, open it in the Waveform Editor.

    Double-click a surround plot to open the Track Panner

  3. In the Track Panner, do any of the following:

    • To enable or disable channels, click the L, C, R, Ls, and Rs buttons. Or click LFE Only to send audio only to the subwoofer.

    • In the large surround plot, drag to change the position of the signal.

      As you drag, white lines change in length from the speakers, reflecting the power of the signal in each. In the background, green and purple areas reflect the placement of left and right stereo image; blue areas indicate where the image overlaps.

    • Below the surround plot, set the following options:


      Shows where in the surround field the sound appears to originate from. For example, -90° is directly to the left, while 90° is directly to the right.

      Stereo Spread

      Determines the separation between stereo audio tracks, with zero and -180° producing minimum separation, and -90° producing maximum separation.


      Determines how far around the surround field the sound extends. For example, 100% produces a focused sound originating from very few speakers, while 0% produces an unfocused sound originating from all speakers.


      For tracks panned to the front of the surround field, determines the percentage of Center channel level relative to Left and Right level.


      Controls the level of signal sent to the subwoofer.

  4. To pan additional tracks, simply select them in the Editor panel. The Track Panner automatically displays each track’s unique settings.


To dynamically pan surround tracks over time, see Automating track settings.

Pan sends to a 5.1 bus track

  1. In the Multitrack Editor, create a 5.1 bus track. (See Add or delete tracks.)

  2. From the send output menu for an audio track, select the 5.1 bus track. (See Set up a send.)

    In the Sends area  of the Editor and Mixer panels, a surround plot appears. Double-click it to access the Track Panner for the send.


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