This is the sixth of a series of reviews that will cover what is contained in the Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Adobe releases CS6 with four separate suites of products. They are Design Standard, Design & Web Premium, Production Premium, Master Collection. Add to that, they a have also have the Creative Cloud – a subscription based suite that gives you access to all of the individual products for a $49.99 per month subscription fee. You can go online to compare what is contained in each version. The goal of this series it to define what each product does and provide information of what the new version brings to the table.
Adobe Audition CS6 is the latest release of the comprehensive Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) production solution from Adobe Systems. It features a multitrack, mix/edit environment that you can use to create your own music, record and mix a project, produce a radio spot, clean up audio for a movie, as well as compile and edit a soundtrack. In fact it is your own personal recording studio.
With this new version you get updated interface features, the ability to edit audio much more precisely and to import and play a much broader range of audio and video formats, as well as integrate into video and broadcast workflows using round trip editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and exchange projects with other NLEs and DAWS. And most of all, for Windows users, a number of features that had been in Audition prior to the CS5.5 release.
Prior to the CS5.5 release, Audition had been a Windows only product. CS5.5 brought the product to the Mac platform and in doing so Adobe had to do a complete rebuild. This left a number of features out that Windows users had become accustomed too. So now things like support for time stretching, clip grouping, control surfaces, and Redbook CD burning have returned. You can check out the Audition web page to see the system requirements to run Audition CS6.
So what is new with Adobe Audition CS6?
• Faster, more precise audio editing – with the addition of dozens of timesaving audio enhancements that include clip grouping with Group Suspend, preview edits with Skip Selection playback mode, new precise entry of envelope keyframe values, and fast clip spotting with start- or end-time entry.
• Real-time clip stretching – gives you the ability to drag clips to match the length you need instantly. With Stretch mode enabled, you can stretch or compress clips in real time during playback, and immediately hear the results. Three modes of stretch are available – Monophonic is for use with single-note melodies on isolated instruments or spoken word, Polyphonic is for material with multiple instruments or sound sources in it, and Varispeed allows you to adjust the pitch as you stretch or compress, this works just like speeding up or slowing down a tape player.
• Automatic speech alignment – is designed to align overdub dialogue quickly with existing production audio. This new automatic speech alignment feature does much more than merely align initial transients. When used on overdubbed dialogue, Adobe Audition
analyzes the frequency spectrum involved as well as the waveforms, so each word of a dialogue clip is matched to its counterpart in the production audio—even if the production audio is noisy.
• Control surface and app support – with parameter automation gives you the ability to mix audio interactively in Adobe Audition CS6 using a wide range of hardware and software controllers. Craft your mix using many of the most popular hardware control surfaces in the industry, including the Avid Artist series (formerly Euphonix), and the Mackie MCU series. Several third-party iOS and Android app controllers that utilize the Mackie MCU protocol are also available as well.
• Pitch controls – let you get precise control of pitch with the new automatic and manual pitch control features. You can manipulate audio in new ways for innovative sound design possibilities. Automatic Pitch Correction is a real-time effect in both Waveform and Multitrack views, and as a track effect, its parameters are automatable and controllable from external control surfaces. Manual Pitch Correction is available in Waveform Edit mode. Enabling it opens up the new Spectral Pitch Display, which automatically analyzes the fundamental frequency of all of the sounds in a clip, whether it’s a melody played on an instrument, a phrase sung by a voice, a percussion instrument, or spoken dialogue.