Podcasting Adobe Audition Workshop at New Media Europe 2016 Podcasting  Music Radio Creative
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I had the great pleasure of presenting a live workshop about my favorite audio editing software, Adobe Audition, recently at the New Media Europe conference in London.

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Starting 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.

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What did we cover in this session?

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How to record guests and yourself professionally.

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How to make your voice sound better.

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Making repetitive audio editing tasks easy.

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 Removing unwanted sounds from your audio.

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Tagging and saving a podcast correctly.

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This is how to do all of the above.

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

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Get 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.

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Map those channels from your audio interface into Adobe Audition.

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Preferences then Audio Channel Mapping… in the menu bar.

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

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Start recording easily in Adobe Audition.

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File, New, Audio File…

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

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Ready to start?

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Hit the big red button at the bottom of your screen!

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You’ll see audio appear on the screen as a “waveform”.

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

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Save your audio easily too!

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File, Save As… I’ll get to the correct file format and settings later.

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

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

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Normalize using one of the normalize favourites in the Favorites (US spelling) menu.

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Finally, 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.

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Multitrack makes it easy to mix multiple files together.

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You can do some beautiful crossfades between your audio.

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Multiply and rearrange your audio.

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Use the Multitrack menu mixdown option to get a final waveform that you may save.

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Add some mastering using the Effects, Special, Mastering… option. I like the Subtle Clarity preset.

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

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Batch convert audio (for instance from wav to mp3) using the Batch Process option in the Window menu.

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Drag in a bunch of wav files and then select convert to mp3. Easy!

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The Diagnostics window (from the Window menu) has a great preset for deleting silences.

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Fins it and use it to reduce long pauses in your podcast.

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It’ll identify long silences from anywhere in your podcast in seconds.

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Do 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.

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

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I created a video for podcasters about loudness.

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There is a multitrack template called Podcast! You can use it for your podcast.

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This will automatically setup an intro, outro area and relevant tracks for host, guest, music, sound fx and more!

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Removing sounds is something that Adobe Audition does really well.

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Capture a noise print (without any speech).

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Run Noise Reduction on your whole audio file after capturing that noise print to eliminate background noise.

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Gone!

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Sound Removal is a newer feature for eliminating unwanted sounds.

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Try this one to get rid of background noise too.

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The settings window lets you fine tune the sound removal on your audio.

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Yes, you can paint out sounds at certain frequencies in your audio (just like the paint tool in Photoshop!)

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The black area in this view is the eliminated sound.

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Nosie gates will reduce echo and background noises when you’re not talking.

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I use the presets in Effects, Amplitude and Compression, Dynamics Processing…

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Did you record your audio and your guest on different channels?

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Your guest had a few coughs? No worries, highlight all the audio you want to delete.

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Hit the delete key and they’re gone.

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You 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.

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Adobe Audition will let you tag a podcast without leaving the software!

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It’s the Window, Metadata feature.

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Click the ID3 tag and start typing in your podcast’s ID3 tags ready for iTunes and other podcatchers.

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Next save your audio as an mp3 file ready to upload to your podcast host.

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I 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.

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Remember to have folders with raw recorded audio and edited audio ready to upload.

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

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Where can you find out more?

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Head over to Adobe.com to download Adobe Audition.

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

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