Introducing the Essential Sound Panel and More for Adobe Audition CC
by Durin Gleaves
posted on 04-12-2016
Get a sneak peek at what’s coming in the next release for Adobe Audition CC – including a new panel that enables anyone to achieve professional-quality audio mixes in a matter of clicks.
As video production schedules get shorter and budgets get smaller, editors reached out asking us to make Audition easier to use while also continuing to make it more powerful and productive. These requests may seem like polar opposites in many ways, but our team responded with just that: A set of features that are designed to help novices achieve professional results and make video workflows faster and cleaner than ever before.
Just as we simplified color grading with Premiere Pro’s Lumetri Color panel, our new Essential Sound panel in Audition provides an intuitive, friendly experience that focuses on creative intent, rather than technical jargon. The panel invites users to assign mix types to their clips, identifying the role each clip plays in the project such as Dialogue or Sound Effects. The panel then exposes effects and tools appropriate for that content. For example, Dialogue clips can be analyzed and set to a uniform loudness, have background noise or interference reduced, and add compression and EQ for improved clarity with simple sliders and options. The much-loved Remix feature in Audition can be easily applied to music clips with a single click. Environmental sounds can easily be given more depth and space.
Each of these simple controls are actually adjusting many parameters under the hood, controlling Audition’s famous native DSP and effects for outstanding results. And audio experts can pick up a project and continue using the native effects, as if they built the project from scratch themselves. They can also “flip to the back” to create and share custom templates for the panel which can support a unique sound for an organization or project, as well as customize for regional requirements such as broadcast loudness regulations.
But mixing audio for video still requires the sound and video be merged for export at some point. Previously, editors needed to send a mixdown or stems back to Premiere Pro, synchronize them in the timeline, isolate the new audio tracks, and manage channel assignments when publishing to their final destination. Not anymore! The upcoming update to Audition CC will support exporting with Adobe Media Encoder directly from the timeline.
Even if your video content is linked to Audition via Dynamic Link, your projects can be sent to Adobe Media Encoder using any format and preset supported. If your format supports re-wrapping video content, then the new audio tracks can be merged to an existing video container, such as MXF, with no additional encoding! Our channel presets enable you to easily conform to station requirements, so you could assign your Stereo Mix to channels 1 & 2, and separate Dialogue, Music, and Effects bus outputs to channels 3-8. Projects appear in Media Encoders render queue and enable you to start on the next project in Premiere or Audition without waiting.
Learn more about enhancements coming to Adobe Creative Cloud pro video and audio tools. And join us at NAB Show 2016 – Booth: SL-SL3910 – April 18-21 to see demonstrations of these features in action.
Because this is a sneak peek, you won’t have access to these new features quite yet. Become a Creative Cloud member now to be sure you can get them as soon as they’re available. For more information about Creative Cloud, see this overview video and the Creative Cloud FAQ list.
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Topics: Video & Audio
Products: Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud