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Extracting Audio from CDs

One way to bring audio into Audition is to import it from your existing CD collection. You can either digitally extract, or rip, audio directly from a CD, or you can record the audio within Audition itself.

Whenever possible, you should rip rather than record from a CD. Ripping uses digital-to-digital data transfer and thus guarantees higher audio quality and fidelity.

Also keep in mind that not all drives or drive configurations support analog audio recording (which is essentially what you're doing if you record from within Audition). If you have an internal drive, you must have the Audio Out cable connected to the drive to support analog recording. If your source drive is external, analog recording is not an option. But that's no big deal, because, again, ripping works better, and the process is much faster.

Audition provides two ways to rip audio from a CD. You can use the File > Open command for a quick and easy rip, or you can use the File > Extract Audio from CD option if you want more control over the process.

To extract CD tracks using the Open command

  1. Insert your CD into your PC's CD-ROM drive.
  2. Choose Edit view and select File > Open ( Figure 3.24 ).

    Figure 3.24 You can use File > Open to extract a track from an audio CD.

  3. Select CD Digital Audio (*.cda) as the file type to display and browse to the CD-ROM drive ( Figure 3.25 ).

    Figure 3.25 Navigate to your CD-ROM (or CD-RW or DVD) drive in the Look In drop-down menu and select the tracks you want to extract in the window below.

  4. Select the tracks you want to extract and click the Open button. The track is extracted.

To extract CD tracks using the Extract Audio from CD command:

  1. Insert your CD into your PC's CD-ROM drive.
  2. In either Edit view or CD Project view, choose File > Extract Audio from CD ( Figure 3.26 ).

    Figure 3.26 For more advanced configuration options, use the File > Extract Audio from CD method.

    The Extract Audio from CD window ( Figure 3.27 ) appears.

    Figure 3.27 The Extract Audio from CD window.

  3. In the Device drop-down menu, select the CD-ROM drive containing your CD.
  4. In the Source Selection area, select either Track or Time. Select Track if you want to select one or more complete audio tracks to extract. Select Time if you want to select part of a track or a large block of audio that spans more than one track. The Time option can be handy when you're dealing with live CDs or when you want to extract more than one track to a single audio file.
  5. Select a setting in the Interface Options area. In most cases, you'll want to use the ASPI/SPTI setting. Adobe recommends that the Generic Win32 setting (which uses input/output control codes instead of SCSI commands) be used only when the ASPI/SPTI setting causes a problem.
  6. Select an Error Correction setting if appropriate. If your CD-ROM drive has built-in error correction, only the CDDA Accurate setting will be available. Otherwise, you will be able to change the setting to No Correction or Jitter Correction. Most modern drives perform well with the CDDA Accurate setting.
  7. Click OK to extract the track.
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