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Fixing Audio in Adobe Audition

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This exercise is a simple example of how you can edit an audio clip by round-­tripping between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC. Audition is a powerful audio editing application that’s included with your Creative Cloud subscription, and it’s capable of fixing audio problems that are too challenging for the audio features in Premiere Pro. For example, you can use Audition to clean up audio by removing noise and unwanted sounds such as pops.

To make the fix shown in the video:

  1. Make sure that you have installed Adobe Audition CC using the Adobe ­Creative Cloud desktop application.
  2. Back in your Premiere Pro project, select the medium.mp4 clip in the dialogue scene sequence in the Timeline panel.
  3. Choose Edit > Edit in Adobe Audition > Clip.

    Audition opens and displays the audio clip with its waveform.

  4. In the heads-up display (HUD), scrub the audio level value to the right until it maxes out at +15. This value is relative to the starting audio level of the clip.

    You’re trying to boost the level until it reaches about –6 dB on the scale along the right side, but because the HUD is limited to +15 dB per adjustment, you’ll have to scrub it a second time.

  5. Scrub the HUD level to the right again until the waveform peaks at about –6 dB on the scale along the right side (Figure 4.3). Many video ­editors use –6 dB as a guideline for a good level for dialogue.

    Figure 4.3

    Figure 4.3 Scrubbing the audio levels HUD in Audition

  6. Save your work in Audition, and switch back to Premiere Pro.

    In the Timeline panel, the waveform for medium.mp4 should now be higher.

    In the Project panel, note that there is a new audio file called medium Audio Extracted.wav. This is the audio from the medium.mp4 clip that’s currently used in the sequence. It was extracted from the video clip, edited in Audition, and automatically replaced the original audio clip in the timeline.

Audition is also professional multitrack audio workstation software, so you can mix a video’s soundtrack with much more control and precision than you can in ­Premiere Pro. You could say that Audition is as optimized for audio editing as ­Premiere Pro is for video editing.

Audition and Premiere Pro are integrated, so you can move clips between them without having to manually import and export. For example, you could bring in all of the audio tracks from a video project, use the advanced audio production features in Audition to create the mixes for each of your final formats (such as stereo and surround sound), and then use those sound mixes for the final version of your Premiere Pro project.

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