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Cutting and pasting with multiple clipboards

Cutting and pasting with multiple clipboards

You’re probably familiar with the computer’s clipboard. In a word processing program, you typically copy a sentence to the clipboard and then paste it from the clipboard to somewhere else in the text. Audition’s clipboard works similarly but offers five clipboards so you can temporarily store up to five different pieces of audio for later pasting. You’ll put that feature to good use when further fixing the Narration05 file beyond just removing the “uhs” and throat clearing.

  1. Select the part of the file that says, “Once the files are loaded, select the file you want to edit from the drop-down menu.”
  2. Choose Edit > Set Current Clipboard and select Clipboard 1. You can also select this clipboard by typing Ctrl+1 (Command+1).
  3. To remove the phrase and store it in Clipboard 1, choose Edit > Cut or press Ctrl+X (Command+X) to place the phrase in Clipboard 1. The word (Empty) will no longer appear next to the Clipboard 1 name.
  4. Select the part of the file that says, “Go to the file menu first; select open; then choose the file you want to edit.”
  5. Press Ctrl+(Command+2) to make Clipboard 2 the current clipboard (you could also choose Edit > Set Current Clipboard and select Clipboard 2).
  6. Choose Edit > Cut to place the phrase in Clipboard 2.
  7. Select the part of the file that says, “Remember; you can open up multiple files at once.”
  8. Press Ctrl+(Command+3) to make Clipboard 3 the current clipboard.
  9. Choose Edit > Cut to place the phrase in Clipboard 3. Keep the Narration05 file open.

Now you have a separate clip for each phrase, which will make it easy to place the phrases in a different order. The goal is to end up with “Go to the file menu first; select open; then choose the file you want to edit. Remember; you can open up multiple files at once. Once the files are loaded, select the file you want to edit from the drop-down menu.”

  1. Select all the leftover bits of audio in the Narration05 file (or simply press Ctrl+A [Command+A]) and press the Delete key. This clears all the audio and places the playhead at the file’s beginning.
  2. Clipboard 2 contains the introduction you want. Press Ctrl+2 (Command+2) to select that clipboard, and then choose Edit > Paste or press Ctrl+V (Command+V).
  3. Play the file to confirm you have the desired audio. The playhead will stop at the file’s end if Skip Selection is disabled or return to the file beginning if Skip Selection is enabled.
  4. Click within the Waveform view to deselect the pasted audio. Otherwise, subsequent pasting will replace the selected region.
  5. Click where you want to insert the next phrase. For this lesson, you’ll place it at the end of the audio file.
  6. Clipboard 3 has the desired middle section for this project. Press Ctrl+3 (Command+3), and then press Ctrl+V (Command+V).
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5.
  8. Clipboard 1 has the desired ending for this project. Press Ctrl+1 (Command+1), and then pres Ctrl+V (Command+V).

Play the file to hear the rearranged audio. For further practice, you can:

  • Tighten up spaces between words by selecting a region and pressing Ctrl+X (Command+X) or Delete, or choosing Edit > Cut.
  • Add more space between words by placing the playhead where you want to insert silence (don’t drag, just click), and then choose Edit > Insert > Silence. When a dialog box appears, enter the desired duration of silence in the format minutes:seconds.hundredths of a second.
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