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Why Adobe Soundbooth Users Fall in Love with Audition

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Maxim Jago, author of Introducing Adobe Audition CS5.5: Learn by Video, salutes the features Soundbooth brought to video editors and beckons you to discover the power and elegance Audition now brings to Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. He compares the two tools and shares his joy as an Audition user.
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Our Story Begins with Soundbooth

Adobe had a challenge: Find an audio post-production tool that was equally compatible with Mac OS and Windows. It was intended to serve editors who were primarily skilled with video but also needed high-end audio tools.

Soundbooth was perfect. Task-based, with key processes grouped into a user-friendly list with lots of buttons that take complexity and just "make it work" (see Figure 1). Soundbooth introduced the ASND sound format, which is a little like AAF but more Adobe-tastic. It allowed editors to use the "Edit Original" command in Premiere Pro, update a sound mix, and then jump back to Premiere Pro to hear the results.

The Spectral Display in Soundbooth (borrowed from Audition) was a work of art, allowing you to "see" audio in a unique way (see Figure 2). It even removed unwanted frequencies, without the usual trial-and-error of notch filters and their ilk.

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