Note: #TechThursday is a new blog post series where department students will share their tips and tricks for using software and technology tools.
Audio editing is an important skill set in the communication field today. These skills are used by musicians, audio engineers, journalists, PR and social media experts, as well as on movie production teams. As Shepherd Communication students, we get to work with top-of-the-line audio editing software such as Adobe Audition. I’ve personally worked with Audition in several of my classes, including COMM 342 News Practicum and COMM 349 Media Practicum. Below, I share 5 tips and tricks from my experience to help you improve your Adobe Audition skills:
“Copying To New” – Shift + Alt + C
No more searching through menus – this simple shortcut makes creating a new project from an existing file a breeze. All you need to do is highlight the section of audio you want to put into a new project and use control shift+alt+C, and the selected audio will automatically open up in another tab as a new project.
Creating Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts
It’s hard to remember every shortcut in a program. And, sometimes there aren’t even shortcuts for whatever you’re trying to do. Luckily for you, you can create your own shortcuts. Hidden away under the “Edit” tab in Audition, you’ll find the “Keyboard Shortcuts…” selection, where you’ll find a list of every function in the program (both ones with pre-existing shortcuts and ones without). Even better, you can access this menu screen at any time with the Alt+K command. What’s better than a shortcut to more shortcuts?
Controlling Where You’re Zooming with Your Mouse
This seems like an easy one, but I’ve met several people who never realized these shortcuts. First, whenever you are zooming in on an audio file with your mouse wheel, remember that you can zoom to a specific area (instead of just zooming in on a random spot). Audition will automatically zoom to the area of the file that your mouse is hovering over. Once you’ve zoomed in on the file, you can also scroll left and right with the help of the shift key, just hold down the shift key and scroll up to move right and down to move left. This is especially helpful if you’re using Audition on a smaller screen.
The Quickest Fades You’ll Ever Make
This is – in my opinion – is one of the easiest, most helpful shortcuts in Audition. In the top two corners of every Audition project, there are small grey & black boxes that you can drag to adjust the fade in and fade out at the beginning and ending of the audio. You can adjust the fades to your liking just by dragging them to different places.
Doing an interview? Was your subject just a little too quiet? No problem. Adjusting your audio (or just a portion of it) on the fly is easy with this shortcut. Highlight the section of audio that you want to lower or raise the volume on, then click the square above it and drag up or down to your desired decibel level and Audition will automatically adjust that section.
See, Audition isn’t so hard after all! In no time, you’ll be an audio expert. If you want to learn more about how to use Adobe Audition, check out COMM 329 Sound Design, COM 333 Music Video, COMM 350 Single-Camera Production, COMM 360 Studio Production, and COMM 420 Advanced Production in the Department of Communication here at Shepherd University.
If you’ve got your own Adobe Audition tips you’d like to share, drop us a comment below or Tweet us at @ShepComm and we’ll get back to you!