Sound is Half the Experience
What’s new in Audio and Adobe Audition.
George Lucas is famously quoted as saying, “Sound is half the experience.” These days, listening to social videos and podcasts with earbuds millimeters away from our eardrums, audio quality has never been more important. For some people, sound mixing still has a reputation for being difficult to learn, time-consuming, or a “black art,” accessible only to the experts. Our tools show otherwise – and open the door to audio excellence for all content creators.
Building on rich feature sets, the latest releases of Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere Pro offer improved routing for effects, streamlining multichannel audio workflows. Premiere Pro offers expanded audio gain, up to +15dB.
Audio workflows for video
Adobe Premiere Pro offers powerful audio tools for video production. With support for third-party effects and automation, sub-mix bus routing, and even external mixing consoles, it rivals digital audio workstations for many production workflows. Projects like Vice News Tonight prepare broadcast-ready content every day without leaving Premiere Pro, which provides incredible flexibility for finessing their edits until it’s time to go to air.
When you need even more audio power, integration with Adobe Audition means your projects can be opened without rendering reference videos, keeping all audio edits enabled and non-destructive. Whether it’s using the Essential Sound panel for quick cleanup and Adobe Sensei-powered Auto Ducking, or building detailed clip envelopes and effect chains, no work is “lost in translation” and the intention of the editor or director remains clear to audio post-production teams.
Crafting audio content
Many popular podcasts and radio shows we listen to every day are produced start-to-finish in Audition, published to dozens of platforms, and heard by millions of listeners. Whether that content is captured on a recorder and brought into Audition’s waveform and spectral editor for clean-up, or multiple hosts and guests are captured in Audition’s multitrack environment for detailed editing, mixing, and the inevitable “umm” removal, Audition is a flexible powerhouse platform for audio production.
Individually, Premiere Pro and Audition are top applications in their space, but together, there is no match for their integration and compatibility. Which is why I’m so excited to share a new feature coming to both Premiere Pro and Audition, as well as additional improvements to each application.
Improved routing for multichannel effects
Okay, it’s not the most glamorous name, but if you could reduce hours of time setting up complicated track configurations for broadcast and immersive sound mixing to just a few clicks, would it really matter what we called it? This new functionality in both Premiere Pro and Audition provides support for third-party audio effects to be queried for their channelization options, and route specific audio clip and track channels in and out of those effects.
For broadcast editors, this means you can simply add the Loudness Radar Meter to your Master Track twice to monitor loudness on different segments of a multichannel deliverable – say your stereo mix on 1 & 2 and the center channel of your 5.1 mix on channels 3-8 – to get individual, accurate measurements of each stream and ensure compliance with regulations in your region.
For immersive producers building rich, wrap-around soundscapes using plug-ins like Facebook 360, easily route your mono, multichannel, or ambisonics recordings to the suite of effects for accurate sound placement in a 3-D environment. These updates enable you to work WITH your content, not around it!
A little more headroom for audio gain
When working with digital audio, especially at the higher bit rates captured by modern cameras and recorders, signal levels can have more variation, without the problems inherent to analog media like tape. Sometimes, this means editors need to give a bit more boost to certain clips to help them stand out. Previously, Premiere Pro would allow +6dB adjustments on clip volume envelopes: if you needed to crank up the volume further, you had to stack effects on top of it, like Clip Gain, Amplify, or others. That works, but it’s not elegant and if you need to trouble shoot a mix later, you’d have to remember those changes. Now, Premiere Pro aligns with Audition and other industry tools, allowing up to +15dB of gain for clip volume envelopes. Adjusting clip volume envelopes is easier and more precise.
Audio clip stacking
A recent change to the way Audition plays back overlapped clips brought feedback from users who relied upon stacking audio clips in a single track to get their signature sounds. Whether that’s because of a minimalistic approach to track counts or to achieve precise timing and arrangement, we’re happy to report that audio clip stacking is now back as a session-level preference.
Learn more about the latest release of the Adobe video and audio applications.