Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.001I had the great pleasure of presenting a live workshop about my favourite audio editing software, Adobe Audition, recently at the New Media Europe conference in London.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.002Starting with answers to the questions, “why me and why Adobe Audition?”

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I’ve been creating Adobe Audition tutorials online since 2009, have worked as a radio producer for two decades, I’m the co-founder of audio production company Music Radio Creative and I’ve tried most audio editors at least once. The best is Adobe Audition in my opinion.

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Why Adobe Audition. It is a quality piece of software with a great look and smooth way of editing audio. You can create templates to speed up your editing process. The effects are awesome. There is also a very active support community online for the software.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.005What did we cover in this session?

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.006How to record guests and yourself professionally.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.007How to make your voice sound better.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.008Making repetitive audio editing tasks easy.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.009 Removing unwanted sounds from your audio.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.010Tagging and saving a podcast correctly.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.011This is how to do all of the above.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.012First, let’s get started with recording in Adobe Audition.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.013Get decent audio hardware before starting and don’t use an internal sound card (please!) The Focusrite Saffitre PRO 14 is the one I use and recommend. I had a question during my presentation about a more rugged audio interface for travelling podcasters. I recommend the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 for this purpose.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.014Map those channels from your audio interface into Adobe Audition.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.015Preferences then Audio Channel Mapping… in the menu bar.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.016Choose one of the Saffire’s many audio inputs and use the loop to record computer audio (like Skype callers).

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.017Start recording easily in Adobe Audition.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.018File, New, Audio File…

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.019Those settings look good. Sample Rate 44100 Hz for audio, stereo, 32 bit (will cut your worries of distortion compared to simple 16 bit).

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.020Ready to start?

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.021Hit the big red button at the bottom of your screen!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.022You’ll see audio appear on the screen as a “waveform”.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.023It’s easy to mark mistakes as you’re recording live. Just hit the “M” key on your keyboard to drop a white marker.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.024Save your audio easily too!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.025File, Save As… I’ll get to the correct file format and settings later.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.026Adobe Audition has so many great presets right out of the box to make your voice sound better.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.027EQ is first. I like to use the Parametric Equalizer. It’s a great way to visually alter sound in a graph format.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.028Normalize using one of the normalize favourites in the Favorites (US spelling) menu.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.029Finally, add some compression to crush the highs and raise the lows in amplitude. Add some punch to your voice. I always start with the Boomy Kick preset and alter that one to suit my voice.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.030Multitrack makes it easy to mix multiple files together.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.031You can do some beautiful crossfades between your audio.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.032Multiply and rearrange your audio.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.033Use the Multitrack menu mixdown option to get a final waveform that you may save.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.034Add some mastering using the Effects, Special, Mastering… option. I like the Subtle Clarity preset.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.035Adobe Audition makes repetitive tasks easy and, as podcasters, we have plenty of those!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.036Batch convert audio (for instance from wav to mp3) using the Batch Process option in the Window menu.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.037Drag in a bunch of wav files and then select convert to mp3. Easy!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.038The Diagnostics window (from the Window menu) has a great preset for deleting silences.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.039Fins it and use it to reduce long pauses in your podcast.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.040It’ll identify long silences from anywhere in your podcast in seconds.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.041Do you end up doing the same things time and time again? Start recording a favorite in the Favorites menu and then you can replay all those actions again and again with one click.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.042Match Loudness is a great feature in Adobe Audition’s Window menu.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.043I created a video for podcasters about loudness.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.044There is a multitrack template called Podcast! You can use it for your podcast.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.045This will automatically setup an intro, outro area and relevant tracks for host, guest, music, sound fx and more!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.046Removing sounds is something that Adobe Audition does really well.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.047Capture a noise print (without any speech).

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.048Run Noise Reduction on your whole audio file after capturing that noise print to eliminate background noise.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.049Gone!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.050Sound Removal is a newer feature for eliminating unwanted sounds.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.051Try this one to get rid of background noise too.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.052The settings window lets you fine tune the sound removal on your audio.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.053Yes, you can paint out sounds at certain frequencies in your audio (just like the paint tool in Photoshop!)

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.054The black area in this view is the eliminated sound.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.055Nosie gates will reduce echo and background noises when you’re not talking.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.056I use the presets in Effects, Amplitude and Compression, Dynamics Processing…

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.057Did you record your audio and your guest on different channels?

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.058Your guest had a few coughs? No worries, highlight all the audio you want to delete.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.059Hit the delete key and they’re gone.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.060You can even drag the grey boxes at each side of the waveform in to create a nice fade out and fade in on your guest.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.061Adobe Audition will let you tag a podcast without leaving the software!

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.062It’s the Window, Metadata feature.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.063Click the ID3 tag and start typing in your podcast’s ID3 tags ready for iTunes and other podcatchers.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.064Next save your audio as an mp3 file ready to upload to your podcast host.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.065I recommend 128 kbps, stereo, this is what Spreaker recommends and accepts and should be fine for a speech based podcast with some musical intro, outro and jingles in between.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.066Remember to have folders with raw recorded audio and edited audio ready to upload.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.067Use sequential filenames for podcasts like MRC001.mp3, MRC002.mp3 and MRC003.mp3 – that’s what we do for the Music Radio Creative podcast.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.068Where can you find out more?

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.069Head over to Adobe.com to download Adobe Audition.

Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop.070Go for a deeper dive into the world of audio production and Adobe Audition on my YouTube channel.