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Richard KuennekeAudition Basics -
by on Jul 8, 2013 at 12:54:37 pm

I'm very interested in using Audition to improve the quality of my audio tracks on the videos I produce. I work very hard to ensure proper mic levels and positioning, etc. I've done just about everything I can in the field - so what benefits would Audition provide? What are the specific tools I could use to enhance the quality of the audio? Is there a typical workflow?

Rich


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:43:49 pm

Here's a good overview video on Audition straight from Adobe TV:

http://tv.adobe.com/product/audition/

I use it in addition to After Effects and Premiere Pro, especially for preparing voice-overs and music for various short form industrial productions. It's also very handy as a noise removal tool, and not half bad at making custom music loops.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Richard KuennekeRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 9, 2013 at 2:51:22 am

Thank you Joe. I did see the Adobe video. I am mostly interested in how you work with voice overs or interview audio in Audition. Do you apply filters or perform other sweetening? As I mentioned, I'm very careful with placement of the mic and record volume - but the audio quality is not as nice as I'd like. When I listen to good audio, I notice a more robust sound with zero "noise".

Is there an Audition workflow you have to do this? Or what's your overall philosophy about this stuff? Maybe it's not an issue because you do other things?

Rich


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:08:55 am

Actually, most of the voice-overs I record are done in a professional recording studio, so they are squeaky clean, with no need for anything other than editing for time, which I do in Audition. When I shoot with my DSLR, I record on a second system (a Tascam DR-40), with a clap for sync. I use Audition for noise reduction, as needed, sampling the noise floor, and then removing it from the track.

One thing I've notice helps to kick up the perceived quality of the VO is Normalization. Compression can also be useful in giving presence to the VO. Here's a short tutorial on both:

http://www.onlinevideo.net/2011/09/how-to-get-perfect-audio-in-adobe-premie...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Richard KuennekeRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:41:24 am

Thanks again, Joe. I too use normalization and compression - yet I've felt there was more I could do. 100% of my work is in the field. I too use a dual system with DSLR - TASCAM. Sometimes I have to use a Sony NXCAM and its microphone inputs are not as good. I then find myself trying to boost the bass to give it a richer sound -

Thanks for your help - I have a much better idea of what I'll probably need to do.

Rich


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Paul NeumannRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 9, 2013 at 2:15:25 pm

I shoot a lot of interviews as well. My go-to operation after noise reduction/notch filtering is to add a teensy bit of reverb before heading off to EQ.


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Richard KuennekeRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 10, 2013 at 2:02:58 am

does audition have documentation to help understand how to use the tools you mention - or is there another source? I have terrible luck trying to hack my way to better audio. I end up butchering it.

Rich


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Audition Basics -
by on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:05:43 am

Richard -

The documentation is good, but a basic knowledge of audio production is assumed. I think you could put a bit of time in on these Adobe TV tutorials, and be more ahead of the game:

http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-audition-cs6/

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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