Field Report: Adobe Audition for Mac

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Adobe Audition for Mac

Let me say right up front that even though I have been using DAWs since 1992, by far most of my time has been spent in the Pro Tools environment. In fact, I've been using PT since version 2. So, when the opportunity to test-drive the latest Mac-based DAW came to me, I was intrigued and leaped at the chance. Adobe's new Audition for Mac is an outstanding new entry in DAW platforms for the Macintosh user. As a tool that has always excelled in its ability to clean up audio and give powerful mixing and editing tools to PC users, it's nice to see a beautiful new GUI in the Mac world as well. Sure, there has been no shortage of low and mid-range DAWs for Mac users who have been envied for the variety of DAW software choices out there. Of course, it's hard for a Mac user to complain at all since they have the higher end Pro Tools and Logic platforms that have spoiled them for years. However with the release of Adobe Audition for Mac, this opens up an alternative pro platform Mac users haven't seen in some time.

PC users will be familiar with much of the core functionality contained in the Mac version of Audition, but Mac users will find a host of cool new tools that Audition brings to the table, as well as Audition's time-tested features that will make a Mac user feel like a kid on Christmas morning. One very cool feature that caught my attention right off the bat was Audition for Mac's ability to work on multiple sessions concurrently. This ability greatly reduces the time it takes to move elements from one workflow to the next. And, in the broadcast industry, time is everything. I also love the variety of cleaning effects available, such as the de-hummer, de-esser and volume leveler. At our studio, we deal almost exclusively with spoken word projects. The voiceover tracks come to us from a large variety of sources and sadly many of those sources have less than perfect quality. Audition for Mac has the ability to clean up that kind of audio like never before, including a neat Audio Healing "paintbrush" and a spectral editing view that lets you get a visual bead on what's going on with specific frequencies within the audio file. For example, if you have a pop or a click, Audition shows specific frequencies or frequency ranges in a separate spectral-looking waveform file that allows you to go in and alter or remove the offending sound altogether.

Performance at a glance
Work on multiple sessions
Variety of cleaning effects
History window pane
Use any audio interface
Customizable color selection for clips
BWF metadata entry

Another feature that caught my eye: A history window pane. In this window, you can see the history of your last series of moves. Don't like the move that you made five steps ago? No problem. Simply locate that item and delete it. This is great because unlike Pro Tools, for example, it doesn't require you to undo all of your last five moves to get to that one item. Again, this is a time saving feature that is handy to have in a busy studio environment. There are a handful of other features that I really like as well including the ability to use, or not use, an audio interface. I had a Digidesign DIGI 002 rack on my Mac and Audition saw it and was able to use it for input and output just fine. Just as easily, I was able to use my Mac's built-in audio output.

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