Viewing, zooming, and navigating audio
- Audition User Guide
- Workspace and setup
- Digital audio fundamentals
- Importing, recording, and playing
- Multichannel audio workflow
- Create, open, or import files in Adobe Audition
- Importing with the Files panel
- Extracting audio from CDs
- Supported import formats
- Navigate time and playing audio in Adobe Audition
- Recording audio
- Monitoring recording and playback levels
- Remove silences from your audio recordings
- Editing audio files
- Edit, repair, and improve audio using Essential Sound panel
- Generating text-to-speech
- Matching loudness across multiple audio files
- Displaying audio in the Waveform Editor
- Selecting audio
- How to copy, cut, paste, and delete audio in Audition
- Visually fading and changing amplitude
- Working with markers
- Inverting, reversing, and silencing audio
- How to automate common tasks in Audition
- Analyze phase, frequency, and amplitude with Audition
- Frequency Band Splitter
- Undo, redo, and history
- Converting sample types
- Creating podcasts using Audition
- Applying effects
- Enabling CEP extensions
- Effects controls
- Applying effects in the Waveform Editor
- Applying effects in the Multitrack Editor
- Adding third party plugins
- Notch Filter effect
- Fade and Gain Envelope effects (Waveform Editor only)
- Manual Pitch Correction effect (Waveform Editor only)
- Graphic Phase Shifter effect
- Doppler Shifter effect (Waveform Editor only)
- Effects reference
- Apply amplitude and compression effects to audio
- Delay and echo effects
- Diagnostics effects (Waveform Editor only) for Audition
- Filter and equalizer effects
- Modulation effects
- Reduce noise and restore audio
- Reverb effects
- How to use special effects with Audition
- Stereo imagery effects
- Time and pitch manipulation effects
- Generate tones and noise
- Mixing multitrack sessions
- Video and surround sound
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Saving and exporting
Comparing the Waveform and Multitrack editors
Adobe Audition provides different views for editing audio files and creating multitrack mixes. To edit individual files, use the Waveform Editor. To mix multiple files and integrate them with video, use the Multitrack Editor.
The Waveform and Multitrack editors use different editing methods, and each has unique advantages. The Waveform Editor uses a destructive method, which changes audio data, permanently altering saved files. Such permanent changes are preferable when converting sample rate and bit depth, mastering, or batch processing. The Multitrack Editor uses a nondestructive method, which is impermanent and instantaneous, requiring more processing power, but increasing flexibility. This flexibility is preferable when gradually building and reevaluating a multilayered musical composition or video soundtrack.
You can combine destructive and nondestructive editing to suit the needs of a project. If a multitrack clip requires destructive editing, for example, simply double‑click it to enter the Waveform Editor. Likewise, if an edited waveform contains recent changes that you dislike, use the Undo command to revert to previous states—destructive edits aren’t applied until you save a file.
Basic components of the editors
Though available options differ in the Waveform and Multitrack editors, both views share basic components, such as the tool and status bars, and the Editor panel.
Do one of the following:
- From the View menu, choose Waveform or Multitrack Editor.
- In the toolbar, click the Waveform or Multitrack Editor button.
- In the Multitrack Editor, double‑click an audio clip to open it in the Waveform Editor. Alternatively, double‑click a file in the Files panel.
- In the Waveform Editor, choose Edit > Edit Original to open the multitrack session that created a mixdown file. (This command requires embedded metadata in the file. See Embed edit-original data in exported mixdown files.)
Zoom audio in the Editor panel
Zoom into a specific time range
In either the zoom navigator or the timeline ruler, right-click and drag. The magnifying glass icon creates a selection showing the range that will fill the Editor panel.
Zoom to preset
Click on the Timer icon on the bottom of the Editor panel. There are five preset slots available that can be used to zoom to a specific time. In the Save Preset menu, you can overwrite a preset slot with the duration that is currently selected.
Zoom to selected clip
Quickly zoom to the time range of one or more selected clips using the Zoom menu command. In the Multitrack Editor, choose Zoom > Zoom To Selected Clips.
Zoom into a specific frequency range
In the vertical ruler for the spectral display, right-click and drag. (See View audio waveforms and spectrums.)
Extend or shorten the displayed range
Place the pointer over the left or right edge of the highlighted area in the zoom navigator, and then drag the magnifying glass icon .
Gradually zoom in or out
In the lower right of the Editor panel, click the Zoom In or Zoom Out button.
You can set the Zoom Factor in the General section of the Preferences dialog box. (See Customize preferences.)
Zoom out full (all tracks)
You can zoom out all tracks to the same height to fully cover vertical spaces. The view will resize track heights to take up the full height of the multitrack editor panel. Track heights will resize to a consistent height. Minimized tracks will still remain at their minimum height.
To Zoom out full, choose View > Zoom Out Full (All Tracks).
Zoom with the mouse wheel or Mac trackpad
Place the pointer over the zoom navigator or ruler, and either roll the wheel or drag up or down with two fingers. (In the Waveform Editor, this zoom method also works when the pointer is over the waveform.)
Roll or drag over the spectral display, and press Shift to switch between logarithmic and linear frequency scales. (Logarithmic better reflects human hearing; linear makes individual frequencies more visually distinct.)
Magnify selected audio
In the lower right of the Editor panel, click the Zoom In At In Point , Zoom In At Out Point , or Zoom To Selection buttons.
Display the entire audio file or multitrack session
In the lower right of the Editor panel, click the Zoom Out Full button .
To display zoom buttons in a separate panel, choose Window > Zoom.
Navigate through time
At higher zoom levels, you can navigate to different audio content in the Editor panel.
Navigate by scrolling
- In the zoom navigator, drag left or right.
Use horizontal mouse scroll or a middle button mouse drag to scroll the timeline in multitrack and waveform view.
To scroll through audio frequencies in the spectral display, drag up or down in the vertical ruler. (See View audio waveforms and spectrums.)
Navigate with the Selection/View panel
The Selection/View panel shows the start and end of the current selection and view in the Editor panel. The panel displays this information in the current time format, such as Decimal or Bars And Beats. (See Change the time display format.)
To display the Selection/View panel, choose Window > Selection/View Controls.
(Optional) Enter new values into the Begin, End, or Duration boxes to change the selection or view.
You can use auto-scroll to navigate on the waveform and multitrack editor. To choose the scroll type, open Preferences > Playback. Use the radio buttons to choose the type of scroll individually for both the editors.
- Pagewise scroll: The playhead moves from left to right and jumps to the next frame when it hits the right corner.
- Centered scroll: The playhead is positioned at the center and the track beneath it moves. Therefore, the current time of audio being played is always in the middle.
To set your preference to Enable auto-scroll when starting playback or recording, enable the checkbox.
Use the auto-scroll indicator () available in the Editor panel on the top-right corner in the Waveform editor, and top-left corner in the Multitrack editor, to enable or disable auto-scroll. Note that manually moving the playhead when auto-scroll is enabled, automatically disables the function.